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They learned about the pregnancy two days before the missile strike: a wounded couple from Zaporizhzhia underwent a rehabilitation course from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation



27-year-old Anna and 25-year-old Yuriy Fedirko are a family from Zaporizhzhia. On 2 March 2023, a horror broke into their happy life: the couple received numerous injuries and wounds as a result of a missile strike on a residential building. Just two days before the tragedy, they learned that they would become parents. After medical treatment, Anna and Yuriy are undergoing a rehabilitation course from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation in a sanatorium in Zakarpattia.

“The baby was saved,” Anna shares the news with a smile on her face. “Everything is fine. We are developing, and we are looking forward to it.”

The couple is receiving a course of medical and recreational procedures within the framework of the project Treatment and Rehabilitation of Injured Adults from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. The couple is recovering and having rest in the sanatorium.

“It is much calmer here,” Yuriy adds. “We have mostly recovered from this fear. I think that the change of scene will help us.”

Two missiles hit the building. The couple remained under the rubble in the cold and dark for more than three hours. They were screaming like never before in their lives. They were heard and rescued. Anna received some bruises and a nose fracture, and Yuriy had a bad injury of his arm, the spleen rupture, an internal haemorrhage, and his skin was then transplanted. Despite the horrible experience, both are smiling and have big plans for the future after the victory of Ukraine.

“I think that my son will be born by then. I will hug him tightly, and together we will be very happy about it. The whole family will triumph over this moment,” Yuriy says.

“Our plans are to wait till my father, who defended Mariupol, returns from the Russian captivity. To know, finally, what it is like to go to bed without worries. To see the city living normally and the country living a normal life. And to continue to work,” Anna says.
The Foundation provides aid to Ukrainians who suffered from shelling of residential districts. This includes medical treatment, rehabilitation, psychological assistance, etc.

If you or someone you know needs help, write to the Foundation’s messenger or call the toll-free hotline 0 800 509 001 (the telephone line operates from Monday to Friday).