It was the worst day of our lives. When we see stories about the war in Donbass on TV, human suffering seems very far away, unreal, like reading someone else's fictional novel. But when you yourself are an eyewitness to the events, your perception of war changes.
Pain, suffering, injustice, and inexplicable cruelty are clearly outlined.
On 17 February 2017, we felt all horrors of the war. It was an ordinary, quiet evening. We were at home when the lights suddenly went out, but even that didn't feel like trouble was on the way. Then we saw a sharp flash of light and heard a pop. We lay on the floor for a couple of seconds, unable to understand what had happened. A few seconds later, we ran to the basement. We realized that a shell had exploded near the house. It was very scary and incomprehensible.
We called an ambulance. While they were waiting for it to arrive, they lay on the floor and prayed. It was very scary. The whole house was shaking and the windows were rattling. All this horror went on for a very long time. It seemed endless.
When we arrived at the hospital, doctors rendered the assistance immediately: fragments were pulled out from my husband's body, the wounds were treated. Son still had to have surgery, after which doctors said that he was so lucky to be alive – a couple millimeters and a fragment would have grazed the carotid artery.
Then endless days of treatment in the hospital began. We stayed a month there. Finally, my men returned home, but my son still had to undertake rehabilitation and recovery.
It was a difficult time for our family. We received a call from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, and they offered to help us rehabilitate our son.
He stayed 21 days at the Velykyi Luh Zapororizhzhia Clinical Sanatorium under the project Rehabilitation of Injured Children. Three months later, I still find it hard to remember all the fear and horror I had experienced.
We are utterly grateful to the Foundation and Rinat Leonidovich Akhmetov for being attentive and responsive to other people's grief, for their professionalism!!! We deeply appreciate your attention and all the good you do for people! We bow down before you!!!