Doctors in Russia are battling to save the lives of twin teenagers who are critically ill from anorexia after ‘their modelling school told them to reduce weight’.
The 14-year-old models, Masha and Dasha Ledeneva, were rushed to intensive care in Moscow after a warning that they had become ‘living corpses’ who no-one wanted to help.
It comes after, Maria Kokhno, 29, a campaigner for eating disorder victims, went public with a desperate call for medical help for the pair who were at risk of ‘lying and dying at home’ after doctors ‘refused’ to intervene.
Earlier, they had both gone into a coma for three days at another hospital but after they came round were allowed home even though they were desperately ill, said Kokhno, herself a model and reality show star who has overcome anorexia.
At the time Dasha had reduced to 36 kg (5st 9lbs) and her sister Masha to 40 kg (6st 4lbs).
The already-slim teenage models had been told they should reduce weight ‘so their cheekbones were visible’ in order to be given more shoots, said Kokhno.
As a result of her plea the girls were rushed to a hospital in Moscow, 265 miles north of their home in industrial city Lipetsk.
‘Nobody was keen to help the girls, their mother went here and there, hospitals were rejecting them,’ said Kokhno.
‘Masha can stand up but Dasha is only lying and cannot even lift her head,’ said Kokhno.
‘The mother contacted TV presenter Elena Malysheva and the Nutrition Institute in Moscow but nobody wanted to deal with ‘living corpses’.
Kokhno said the family reached out to her ‘in despair’ leading to her emotional appeal to assist the girls.