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Rehabilitation of Injured Adults: The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Helped Expectant Parents From Zaporizhzhia, Whose House Was Hit by a Missile


Anna and Yuriy Fedirko are a young family from Zaporizhzhia who are expecting a child. After a missile hit their house, the couple spent more than three hours under the rubble, in the dark and cold of March weather. Fortunately, Anna’s pregnancy was saved, but Yuriy received very serious injuries. This month, the couple completed a rehabilitation course from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation in a sanatorium in Zakarpattia.

“The main procedures that Yuriy received included mud therapy, because it improves muscle trophism, blood circulation, and reduces pain. Different types of baths — both for the nervous system and for the musculoskeletal system. A thermal pool that has an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. Therapeutic and restorative massage. He also had sessions with a psychologist,” said Snizhana Chebotareva, chief physician at Borzhava sanatorium. 

The couple underwent the course as part of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s project Treatment and Rehabilitation of Injured Adults. The Foundation provides assistance to Ukrainians who suffered from enemy shelling of residential areas. This includes medical treatment, rehabilitation, psychological assistance, etc.

According to Snizhana Chebotareva, medical treatment and health improvement procedures combined give positive dynamics in recovery after injuries. In addition, a calm, positive environment and sessions with a psychologist help to improve the inner state.

Anna and Yurii talk about the horror they lived through with a smile. The expectant mother and father are alive, and the pregnancy continues as necessary. The woman dreams of her father’s return from captivity and the return of the country to a normal life after the victory. And Yuriy’s biggest dream is to hug his newborn son and celebrate Ukraine’s victory together with the whole family. 

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).