Supporters of a Crown Heights Lubavitch family have started a fund to aid 8-month-old Moshe Sasonkin, who suffered from a rare infection that required the amputation of both his arms, a leg and one foot.
Sasonkin is the youngest child of Nachum Sasonkin, one of four chasidic yeshiva students shot during a terrorist attack on their van while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in February, 1994. Nachum suffered a brain injury, faced years of therapy and still lives with a bullet in his brain. He is now a 30-year-old rabbi.
Moshe, who has four older siblings, will require therapy and prosthetics for the rest of his life after the December treatment.
“The doctors can’t explain this virus,” said Nachum’s brother, Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin. “With strong antibiotics it went away, but they couldn’t save his arms, legs and foot.” He said the family had insurance but it was unclear how much of their expenses would be covered, and is hoping to raise $200,000 with about $80,000 already raised.
Donations to Moshe’s Charity Fund can be mailed to 550 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581.