During the past year paratrooper from the 25th Brigade Olexandr underwent several operations to restore the bones of his left foot. The result being the soldier’s foot is functional but a large scar in place since his first surgery after being wounded affects his ankle joint and leads to pain while walking.
On January 21, doctors performed an operation that will allow the hero to walk freely on the foot – cutting and retracting the scar on the rear surface of the ankle joint and performing plastic surgery in the form of a skin graft.
Now Olexandr feels fine and is preparing for discharge.
Olexandr wounded on Sept 6, 2014 at Debaltseve. In five months of treatment in hospital, he underwent 17 operations on his leg complicated by infection, several times there was even the threat of amputation.
However, Olexandr continued to defy doctors in the hope there was a way to save his leg. As it happened there was a way. Volunteers and journalists took up the search, and in January 2015 the soldier was enrolled in the social project Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded.
Doctor’s at ilaya Medical Company found the loss to the calcaneus bone was 75% and it had significantly shifted, and the soft tissue of his foot was affected by large scars. Doctors gradually moved of the heel bone fragment to its normal position, they also rectified the dislocation of forefoot and created conditions for normalizing blood circulation and sensitivity of the foot. After that plastic surgery was conducted on the soft and cellular technology was used to replace the bone defect. In September 2015, three months after his primary surgery, Olexandr started to exercise his restored foot.
Olexandr’s full treatment history can be read at this link.