A woman and her daughter were left without legs after an explosion in Ukraine: how prosthetists from California return the ability to walk to the family


Mother and daughter, who lost limbs due to shelling in Kramatorsk, are undergoing prosthetics in the US, reports the BBC.

A woman and her daughter were left without legs after an explosion in Ukraine: how prosthetists from California return the ability to walk to a family

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They are supported by The Right to Walk Foundation, a non-profit organization.

In early April, Natalya Stepanenko decided to take the children out of the shelling in Kramatorsk. The father of the children died, and the stepfather went to fight, and a relative called the family to her place in western Ukraine.

But at the station, the family came under fire, killing 50 people. Natalia and 11-year-old Yana lost their legs.

An 11-year-old boy from the village of New York in the Donetsk region grew up at the moment when a Russian rocket flew into Kramatorsk railway station, BBC reports. His twin sister and mother, who were on the platform at the time of the explosion, were left without legs. Natalya is without one, daughter Yana is without two.

“While they were waiting for the train, Yana asked her mother for tea that volunteers were preparing it on the platform. Yaroslav stayed to guard things in the room”, – told the story of a family in the children's hospital of St. Nicholas of the First Medical Association of Lviv, where mother and daughter have been treated for several weeks.

When Yana and Natalya went outside, there was an explosion. At that time, there were up to 4,000 people at the station, hoping to be evacuated from the region, where the situation began to deteriorate sharply.

As a result of rocket attacks, 50 people were killed, 5 of whom &# 8211; children. About 100 wounded.

Natalya, they said in a hospital in Lvov, still cannot forgive herself for this trip for tea.

The woman did not understand when the explosion occurred – at that moment, She admits she didn't hear anything at all. And when she opened her eyes, everything around was covered in blood, people were lying everywhere.

“I tried to get up, but how? I looked at my leg, I looked at Yana, but she didn’t have sneakers”, said a woman from the United for Ukraine organization.

When 11-year-old Yana woke up, her first desire was to run away, find her mother, she says girl. “But I couldn't get up. It was very painful – I looked at my legs and burst into tears & # 8221;, – the girl sighs heavily during the interview, sitting on her hospital bed.

“Putin wants to stop Ukraine, but he is not able to stop an 11 year old girl. Take a look at her! She was blown up, but she is invincible”, – quotes the mayor of the American rehabilitologist Peter Hersh, who works with Ukrainian patients.
They were treated in Lvov, and now the family has flown to California.

Sadovyi said that the family would live in America for about a year. They have already been helped to find a home and buy insurance.

After the prosthetics are completed, Stepanenko will return to Ukraine.

The explosion at the railway station in Kramatorsk shocked the world. However, Russia denies any involvement in this.

They said they were not armed with “Point U”, which hit the station. However, experts and journalists note that the Russian Federation previously used these missiles both in Ukraine and in Syria.


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