Mikhail Cherney Foundation sponsored a trip to Los Angeles for several teenage girls wounded in the Dolphinarium terrorist bombing on June 1, 2001. The program of the visit included both treatment - visits to hospitals and local specialists - and entertainment - visits to film studios and a trip to Disneyland. The girls were hosted by local Jewish families.
Among the medical problems the principal one was loss of hearing, since this is the first immediate effect of a bombing victim - one's eardrums tear apart. Another visit was to a plastic surgeon: appearances matter to young girls, and many victims have had to wear tightly wrapped clothing after the bombing, since they are ashamed of horrible scars on their bodies.
The group included - Larisa Azyasskaya (eardrum reconstruction); - Oksana Diatlova (a right-hand nerve damaged, both eardrums blown up, loss of hearing in the left ear, and metal splinters in the right hand); - Vika Agurenko (both eardrums, open fractures in arms and legs, massive loss of blood, leg muscles torn off, numerous bolts and screws in bones and soft tissue, as well as a severe emotional trauma: two of her best friends, Irina Osadchaya and Alexei Lupalo, died, with her lying on the ground next to them); - Rita Sherman (a splinter in her eye, a busted eardrum); - Karina Krasnopolskaya (splinters in her eyes, ears, and legs); - Faina Yakovleva (severe leg wound that led to a complete leg disfigurement, and eardrum damage); - Tanya Weitz (burns all over and a punctured eardrum).
Another girl, Marina Berkovskaya, will never see Los Angeles. That horrible night she died instantly. In her place was her mother Liliya Zhukovskaya, who accompanied the group.