Dear friends, here’s some news on the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project. Recently Petro, the guy whose leg has been being restored within the Project, has come over to the clinic to undergo another stage of his treatment. The doctors reinstalled the Ilizarov apparatus on his leg having removed the part of the device fixing the guy’s heel. Thus Petro’s limb is being step by step prepared for further loads to make the newly fused bone tissue strengthen and got used to normal walking.
The paratrooper Petro who used to serve with the 80th Air Assault Brigade, got his leg injured by an enemy bullet near the village of Pisky, in Donetsk airport close vicinity. Over time, the crashed bone refused to fuse up, and the leg shortened and gone crooked which altogether made the guy suffer from continuous pain.
Petro’s leg before treatment
In Petro’s particular case, it was not about the bioengineering technology commonly applied at the clinic. Despite seven surgeries that Petro underwent in various military hospitals proved unsuccessful, our only confidence was put into the Project surgeons’ skills.
Previously, it was the crutches that allowed Petro to walk on his own
In the course of treatment, the doctors mechanically cleared the surfaces of the broken bone anew, put the fragments into their natural position, having properly joined them, and fixed the whole structure by means of the Ilizarov apparatus. Later, when the fusion started and the tissue strengthened a bit, the same apparatus allowed Petro to stretch the bone for another three centimeters, that is to reach the bone’s natural length.
Petro’s leg now: the bone has regained its natural shape, length and fused up well
The full course of Petro’s treatment has been sponsored by good friends of ours, the Helping Is Easy charitable foundation. But treatment of other fighters participating in the Project and relying upon our collective assistance, still remains an open question. We are able to pay for medical services at the expense of charitable donations only, as the state fails to support restoration of heavily injured fighters as always. Dear friends, please join in as even your smallest donations into the Project can help save our wounded defenders from lifetime disability!