Mum’s heart-breaking appeal to find loving family she can trust to raise her son when she is gone.

Svetlana Maximova, 26, only has months to live, after contracting HIV when she was 17.

In the past nine years, her condition developed into AIDS and now Svetlana, 26, is in a race against time to find new parents for her five-year-old boy before the disease takes her.

“I feel worse and worse every day,” Svetlana told a Channel 1 TV show, admitting she avoids looking in the mirror, because of her weight loss and hair loss.

“I want to find a normal family for my child,” she added.

The single mother is determined to find Artem a good home because she grew up in an orphanage and doesn’t want the same upbringing for her son.

Svetlana was orphaned when she was 10, after her father was jailed for killing her mother.

Appearing on TV in Russia, the dying mother gave a tearful pleas for a loving family to take Artem into their lives.

“I want to be sure that my son will get everything he needs – toys and studies and as he grows up, his new parents can give him all that I will not be able to,” she said.

While the 26-year-old has family, she or the relatives believe they’re right to look after the youngster.

The TV show found the boy’s biological father, with DNA tests confirming his paternity, however they say he would not be considered a suitable person by authorities to take on the boy.

Such a heartbreaking situation! We wish them both all the love in the world.

Share your comments below.

  • Very sad and unthinkable thing to have to do. I’m not sure how HIV works, did her son not get it from her? I hope he finds a wonderful family and has the opportunity to always remember his mum.


  • that is really sad for her. i hope that she does find a lovely couple to help her out and be the best parents to her child. hopefully she gets a lot more time to spend with her child


  • I was never blessed with my own children and would love to take him in, sadly I live in Australia and don’t know if we can?


  • Such a sad situation.


  • You just assume your family will look after your kids. How heartbreaking for her. I hope she finds some wonderful people for him.


  • How heartbreaking !! If I would live in Russia and was able to bring him up with the Russian habits and customs I would love to adopt him in our family. Praying Svetlana can find a suitable and loving family in time and praying God blesses her and gives her peace of mind when she battles her sickness.


  • This is so tragic. I hope the Mum has enough time left to meet the couple who will adopt her son a few times and know he will be well cared for. It should give her peace and relieve her stress during the time she has left.


  • So very sad …do hope she can find a loving family for her son.
    I am also concerned about his health …am praying for them both.


  • So sad! I’ll take him! My son wants a sibling anyhow! ????????


  • So sad! I’ll take him! My son wants a sibling anyways ????????


  • What a horrible situation for her. Poor lady.


  • Poor girl. So sorry for her. Let’s hope she will be able to find a solution for her beautiful son.


  • I hope she finds loving parents to look after her son.


  • So many single parents face similar problems or fears.


  • what a sad situation :(


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