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Maksym Lyman

"Doctors said, "You need to accept it and prepare for the worst"

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The last thing I remember about 22 September 2014 is how my father and I drive along the outskirts of Avdiivka. Then shelling started, and a bullet hit my head.

Then there was an ambulance and an attempt to break through checkpoints to Donetsk surgeons, because in Avdiivka doctors told their parents, "You need to accept it and prepare for the worst." They said that I would not survive, that I had an hour to live.

There were four grams of lead in the center of his brain, and he had a one-in-a-hundred chance of survival. A miracle happened: Donetsk neurosurgeons brought me back to life. Then, in Dnipro, surgeons installed a titanium plate in my skull. I went through rehabilitation, but a few weeks ago my condition worsened – the bullet started to remind me of the damage it did. Severe headaches and ringing in the ears resumed. We went back to the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and received expensive medications that improve blood circulation and memory.

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