I found this story on a Serbian site this evening and after a google search came to this English translation posted here. Is it a true story?
Russian Girl Refuses to Deny Faith
Alina Milan (Elena by baptism) died on the 14th of March, 2011 [in Israel]. Alina was a fifth year student at Moscow State University’s Law School. This event might have passed unnoticed had it not been for certain details.
Alina Milan was 23 years old. Three years ago she was diagnosed with alveolar hydatid liver disease*: the sprouting of parasites in the hepatic vein and all the veins of the liver (she required an immediate liver transplant, which in Russia is not performed).
In October of last year, with the help of charitable funding, Alina was admitted to The Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. Before her departure, doctors informed Alina’s mother that Alina had at best two weeks left to live…
While Alina had been preparing for her departure to Israel, her mother and she were faced with a very serious decision. They were given the opportunity to become Israeli citizens, in which case the medical treatment would be free of charge. To gain citizenship it was simply necessary to fill out an application form, by where in one blank it asked for “religious confession”. According to state laws it is only possible for Jews and atheists to gain Israeli citizenship.** Alina refused point-blank to fill out the application form. “I will not take off my Cross, I will not deny Christ, it’s not worth it”.
Despite the strong support of of Alina’s friends and fellow students of the Moscow State University Law School, the necessary sum for the transplant was not met in time (the transplant costs around 300,000 dollars).
Now we can only pray for her, however, a person who has abandoned life rather than abandoning the faith, is more likely to intercede on behalf of us, sinners, before the Lord.
*A parasitic disease caused by the larval stage of a microscopic tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.
**There exists the possiblity to acquire Israeli citizenship by naturalization: “Adults may acquire Israeli citizenship through naturalization. To be eligible for naturalization, a person must have resided in Israel for three years out of the previous five years. In addition, the applicant must have a right to reside in Israel on a permanent basis. All naturalization requests are, however, at the discretion of the Minister of the Interior” (Wikipedia: Israeli Nationality).