A whole year passed with no news: all this time Oleksiy has been getting his supremely difficult hip fracture fused up. As early as about two years ago, in August, he had undergone the main surgery, so he had more than a year to amass bone tissue in the area of his extremely complicated injury.
These were Oleksiy’s heavily damaged bones that he had to join the Biotech with. Left is the tibia that was healed the first. The right one shows his hip. It is the part that has been healed over the recent time
Oleksiy had got severe explosive injuries of the leg at the beginning of 2015 near Stanytsia Luhanska, where the man was serving as a volunteer with the Chernihiv battalion. Oleksiy’s group went for scouting and hit the enemy wired mine; the shell fragments destroyed the bones of his leg and heavily cut the back and the arm. Doctors at military hospitals did everything they could: following numerous surgeries and long-time treatment procedures they managed to fuse the bones up. Still the fusion went all wrong: due to the impropriate positioning of the remnants, despite application of countless screws and plates, both the hip and the bone got notably shortened and crooked. This was the reason why Oleksiy could not practically walk – but how he actually could with his leg entirely crooked?
This is how Oleksiy’s hop looks like following a year of treatment
That was the time when the Biotech’s doctors stepped in. In the course of the first stage the man got his smashed tibia restored: the doctors got it dissected, then straightened it and fixed it in the right position using a special plate. Afterwards, when the tibia fused up, they came up to the most serious phase. They had to break the hip bone and then restore it in an upright position. To make the hip fuse up sooner and without any complications, and to gain its normal length, the doctors decided to apply special gel – the carrier saturated with stem cells. To make sure that such all parts in an important fracture fusion area is being kept together and to avoid damage caused by any extra load, the remains of the bone were mounted on a gigantic orthopedic pin and fixed with screws.
Can you see, now Oleksiy is able to walk on his own legs
For the moment, Oleksiy has been walking on his own two legs, and the check-up showed that the new bone is getting gradually harder. The next examination is to be carried out in spring. At that time, the doctors will most probably want all the scrap metal removed out of the leg. Still there is some time to this, and only time will tell what is next. Now, at this time, a few more fighters are undergoing treatment within the Project, and they need our help as well, because the state had abandoned them and refused to treat their severe wounds, having left them on their own with their difficulties. The doctors of the ilaya clinic are busy restoring heavily wounded soldiers, and so are we, the volunteers of People’s Project, raising funds for their treatment. Just because of this, we are urging you to participate the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project to assist our fighters. They sacrificed their well-being for our common peace and quietness. So why cannot we now support them as far as possible?