Injured children from Donbas undergo a rehabilitation course in Sloviansk
According to latest data of the World Health Organization, 186 children were injured during the armed conflict in Donbas. Most of them need a long-term treatment and recovery. Specially for these children Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center launched a rehabilitation program. 45 children have already become part of it.
Sloviansk recreation centre is currently providing rehabilitation for two boys – 12-year-old Kyrylo from Mariupol and 10-year-old Danylo from Krasnohorivka.
Kyrylo was injured on January 24, 2015. He was standing on the staircase at school, waiting for sports section, when the shelling of Vostochnyi district started. The child was immediately hospitalized and underwent surgery to remove fragments. There were 31 casualties and 117 injuries in Mariupol that day.
Danylo was injured a month later, on February 18, 2015, in Krasnohorivka. When the shelling started in their town, the boy was home alone, his mom went to work. The boy went to the balcony, and the blast wave threw him from the fifth floor. Danylo was provided first aid in Kurakhove, and then he was transferred to Dnipropetrovsk. Here he had a surgery to remove fragments out of his skull, and later they performed a plastic surgery to his skull defect. Six months ago the child couldn't even walk. Now he is moving on his own, but his right side remains inactive. The health centre provides the boy with individually developed rehabilitation program aimed at general health improvement and limb exercises.
"Injured children is a very difficult, tough topic. And we take the troubles of our young injured compatriots very personally. We talked to Danylo and Kyrylo, who are undergoing rehabilitation now. Their physicians are sure that the children will be healthy again and return to normal life as much, as possible", ‒ Rimma Fil, the Coordinator at Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, shares.