And here is Vitaliy again. The guy had completed the main course of treatment under the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project a while ago. Still there are no limits for perfection: having his major injury healed, he is to undergo a number of additional plastic surgeries.
Seems there is no urgent necessity to perform these because Vitaliy’s previously smashed and twisted out shin had been mended, and the foot sorted and restored. But due to complexity of the injury and prolonged treatment of Vitaliy’s leg, additional problems arose from the very start. These were contractures meaning shrinkage and stiffening of tendons and connective tissues. Because of it Vitaliy’s foot still remains somewhat twisted that impedes normal walking. After such an injury this defect seems logical – at least this can be treated surgically: today the ilaya clinic doctors are going to sort and lengthen the tendons of the foot within another correcting surgery. Perhaps this intervention will be enough; maybe, there will be need for another operation – time will tell. But if we can maximally restore the guy’s health, why not?
Vitaliy is a young tankman who served with the 28th Mechanized Brigade. He got severely wounded in a battle near Savur-Mohyla in August 2014. A heavy artillery mine hit the tank, and threw Vitaliy off the automobile bridge. Vitaliy’s comrade was killed but the guy himself was lucky to get away with a complicated leg injury. His wound had been treated in military hospitals, and as a result of six operations the bone seems got fused, still the shin got shortened and twisted considerably, and the foot got totally crooked. The guy was dismissed from the army, discharged from the hospital and sent home. Still the leg hurt, and walking was a challenge, and the foot helpless. What was next, nobody knew.
Today Vitaliy enjoys almost a full life
Within the Project, the doctors sorted, lengthened, and re-joined the newly grown fragments of the tibia; then re-arranged the foot and performed a few reconstructive surgeries. The guy got well almost completely: he can walk and follows his lifestyle; he has even been abroad on a vacation. Actually, if to fine-tune his foot a little, the injury may become just a memory. All this became possible thanks to application of a bioengineering methods and people’s donations solely. Why bioengineering technologies – because there is only one clinic in Ukraine that offers efficient treatment of the severest injuries using innovative cell technologies. Why people’s donations – because the authorities still refrain from sponsoring this treatment, and the Ministry of health executives block development, implementation and application of the pioneering technique in medical practice. That is the reason why we, the volunteers at People’s Project, can pay for our wounded at the expense of your donations only. So we are begging you not to stop. Each hryvnia donated by you to the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project, helps our injured defenders to recover.