Ukrainian doctors have completed the restoration of the leg of seriously wounded Ihor, 19, using biotechnology. The last procedure to the ankle joint introduced mononuclear cells. According to doctors, these will quickly restore joint function. all that remains are control examination and x-rays. Financing for Ihor’s treatment was provided by the volunteers of The People’s Project largely through donations made by the people of Ukraine.
We are sure that very soon Ihor will be fully recovered and can put his injury behind him.
Ihor (call sign “Schultz”), a volunteer fighter with the OUN Battalion was wounded on September 13, 2015 at the front line in Pisky (Donetsk region) near the now notorious airport, performing a combat mission as part of a Rapid Response unit, he came under fire from two directions 300 meters from enemy positions. He received many shrapnel wounds – mostly to his right arm and leg.
Before he was enrolled in the project “Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded“ Ihor was diagnosed with shrapnel wounds, a closed fracture of the right tibia on the edge of the upper and middle third of the bone, and in the area of the distal epiphysis, external rotation of the distal fragment of right lower leg and foot, and aseptic necrosis of the talus.
In three months of treatment with traditional methods in public health facilities the tibia not fused. In addition, the bone was incorrectly set from the beginning and, in the case of fusion, the leg would turn outward. Also Ihor began to experience aseptic necrosis of the talus. This threatened him with loss of bone tissue and, as a result, non-operational joints and shortening of the leg. Such complications may lead to a loss of foot function.
Treatment of Ihor as part of the Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded project began in January 2016. During the first phase of the fence was made of cellular material from the ilium and fibula, and alignment axes and metal osteosynthesis of the tibia.
The primary operation in the second phase of treatment was executed on March 16, when 3D-gel chips osteoplastic material and autologous stem cells were introduced at the site of the aseptic necrosis of the talus.
After good results in the control X-rays, the external fixation device was removed from the soldier’s leg.
All funds for the treatment of Ihor were raised by People’s Project volunteers via your donations. Thank you to all that responded to the call. The required 481,872 UAH was raised quickly and transferred to the clinic.
Now we are waiting for you to help us raise funds for the treatment of more Ukrainian wounded soldiers with the latest in biotechnology. Through it have hope of returning to life without physical limitations and some even return to the front. Due to legal restrictions, the government of Ukraine does not support such biotechnology. Therefore, for these injured defenders the only hope is the people of Ukraine.
Thank you for any assistance, every contribution makes a difference.