Sklif (Ep21) A fun day out in childhood leads to a life-long debilitating condition

At the age of nine, Vasily fell ill while enjoying himself on an icy slide in the cold Russian winter. It turned out that hypothermia had done more damage to his health than was initially thought. Vasily developed chronic pyelonephritis, a kidney disease that deteriorated over the years.

Finally, he found himself in need of dialysis. His life depends on regular procedures that take up a lot of his time. A kidney transplant has now become inevitable. The only question is whether to put it off until later or bite the bullet and undergo the operation.

Sklif, a new series on RTD, provides an exclusive look inside the famous Sklifosovsky Institute. It's known to every Muscovite, and many Russians too. With the best equipment and medical specialists in the country, it represents the pinnacle of emergency medicine. The hospital's Emergency Intensive Care Unit is the clinic's busiest unit, with doctors and nurses tending to those whose lives are hanging by a thread. Watch the film in Russian.