Mikhail has started walking small steps without a crutch. He regained the ability to walk in Latvia. little strides without a cop is his big victory. It is in Latvia that he has started walking again. "I was injured in Kherson. But my men have been in all the hot spots. The bullet hit my back, a spinal cord stroke followed from the impact, and paralyzed the entire right side. Now in the upper part, the movement has recovered, the leg remains," Mikhail said.
"I'm very good, I've been here for four weeks. Big improvements. I can walk without a crutch. But long distances – only with support for the time being. Psychologically I feel great. I'm looking forward to improvements and I want to return to the front," says Mikhail.
Those soldiers who are injured even more severely can unfortunately end up with amputations, after which life changes dramatically. Doctors from Ukraine are now training to treat such patients – from amputation to prosthetics and rehabilitation.
“What the methods are for helping patients with amputation, severe injuries, and movement disabilities. For those suffering from contusion. We have learned a lot and prepare our therapists,” said Pyotr Kovalchuk, spokesman for Bukovina University Hospital.
“That's why we've come here to look at the structure of the National Rehabilitation Centre. To understand the type of patients treated here. And learning the algorithm of how medical treatment is provided," said another representative of Bukovina University Hospital.
Those involved in the exchange of experience project say that it is the expertise of the equipment and specialist team that Latvia can give. Clearly, most of the injured will receive assistance in Ukraine.
“They have a very large number of people who need rehabilitation. And it is rapidly growing. They're learning from us how to equip physiotherapy halls and train a team,” said Zoja Osipova, head of functional specialists at Vaivari.
This is the first visit by Ukrainian specialists to Latvia under this project.
A new group of soldiers have arrived in Latvia and will be treated in Vaivari for the next three weeks.