Anna VOLKOVA, “FACTS” (Poltava)
The hero of the publication “FACTS” thrower of the volunteer battalion “Donbass” Evgeny Salenko (call sign “Iceman”) completed a course of rehabilitation in Rivne oblast hospital of veterans of war, which created a unique rehabilitation center for soldiers ATO/OOS with neurotrauma
With each passing day “marathon races” Eugene are getting longer. About the races marrying, of course, joking. But what he is now, leaning on a stick, it may take almost 70 meters without stopping, a real victory. Three months ago the distance was three times shorter. We started with a few metres — was moved under the supervision of a physician from wall to wall in the narrow corridor of the rehabilitation center.
The first step did… by chance, — with a smile recalls the 49-year-old Eugene Salenko. — One day my nurse Yuri said, “Leave the stick and go”. I did so and hesitantly walked two meters. From himself did not expect. Yuri was surprised, too. But I did it! Now exercise and walk better.
Leaning on a stick, Eugene is already 70 meters without stopping. For him it is a real victory
Last summer in a rehabilitation center began to use botulinum toxin as an experimental treatment of patients with neurotrauma. Eugene is lucky to be one of the participants in this free program. The experiment was successful. However, in the future will need to find the money for a refresher course.
— In a rehabilitation center in Klevan, Rivne oblast are constantly working to improve methods of treatment, says Eugene spouse Svetlana. — We have been in this centre before, but then there’s such injections did not. And when he came again, his Wife was offered to introduce the drug to remove the spasticity of the muscles that are in constant tonus. This is very important — a shot does neurologist under ultrasound control. God forbid you get into a nerve or vessel!
— When you relax spasm of muscles, you need to upload the ones that were off from work, — continues Eugene. — The drug acts within three to six months. During this time, restored muscle contraction, and here is the result: I go! Yes, of course, not as wounded, but surviving on his own feet. Without a Walker and even without a wand can do if “insurance” next.
“If not for the wife Light, I would have long ago lay in the tomb, — says Eugene”
Eugene and then looks tenderly at her. This pretty woman became his mainstay. About the history of the relationship of the couple “FAKTY” wrote on 2 October 2015. While Eugene was still in the hospital she nursed him constantly. Just a few days before seriously wounded Eugene made light of the offer. And they married, already passing through a serious test.
Evgeny and Sveta got married right in the hospital
— Maybe for someone a miracle that Jack began to walk, but for us, the natural result of Titanic work, — continues Svetlana. — Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Although doctors did not give my Wife any chances. We consulted among Metropolitan specialists, and the American rehabilitators, who came to Kiev for the inspection of the volunteers with serious injuries. Their most bold prediction was: “can stand and walk with a Walker”. We listened to the luminaries, but disagreed with them. Because I was sure the wheelchair is temporary.
Now often in the evening when the heat subsides, Eugene walks around the house — makes the workout. Yet he walks with a cane, in a special braces on his feet. At first, he said, was very hard — legs clinging to every little bump on the pavement. And now his gait is far from ideal: the left foot is hard to raise and not less difficult to lower, right leg is not easy to take forward. But “marathon” continues.
“A shell fragment hit him in the head and hit the brain center responsible for motor coordination”
They met a few days before his serious injuries. Going into the fight, he proposed to her. She just smiled, but it did not answer.
Zhenya and Svetlana introduced her adult daughter, inviting him together with colleagues of mother’s green soup. The soldiers had the day off, and they got out for a walk in the city.
— My girlfriend noticed near the drama theatre group of men in military uniform with chevrons battalion “Donbass”, — says Natalia Orlova, a daughter Svetlana. — “Climber” I immediately identified — he was the most prominent in that group, and age mother’s husband did. My father for four years until the hostilities died of cancer and my mother had put on his personal life. And I so wanted her to have support in life! So I decided to find her a real man I could call dad. The bet is placed on the military. Then in Mariupol, a invited the soldiers who were on leave, from the streets to his home: to feed, give a shower, to bathe in the homely atmosphere… In General, I took the group home and my mom putting on “the Climber”, I whispered in your ear: “don’t miss it!”
The girls plan worked — a lonely man (Eugene had long been divorced) fell in love with the beautiful hostess. Here are just the opposite happened: that the Light had destiny to become a support for Zhenya. Mean petite and fragile, she wouldn’t give to break physically strong before the injured soldier, whom she had known only two days. Literally wore it, lying on his hands.
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His last fight “the Iceman” adopted April 25, 2015 under Shirokino that thirty kilometers from Mariupol. That day, the militants did not stop shelling Ukrainian positions. Have worked on them mortars, howitzers, artillery.
— The roof of the former pioneer camp, where I sat down with his grenade launcher, was riddled by enemy shells, recalls the fight Eugene. — I have the whole day received orders to leave the position. Orders came from the Ministry of defence. But the volunteers of the “Donbass” and “Azov” said that Mariupol not surrender. And fought to the death. I also ignored the order, continuing to shoot. Finally, he left his position and came down to earth. And then he got a shell fragment in the head. The shattered bones of the skull touched the centre responsible for the coordination of movements. My friend with the call sign “Mariachi” from Kiev got a splinter in his collarbone and lodged in his heart. He died on the way to the hospital. I, too, could die: on the way to the hospital ambulance which was carrying, shot by the militants. One of the fragments smashed me bladder. In General, twice wounded I was taken to the hospital in an armored personnel carrier. Of course, I don’t remember because he was unconscious. For a few minutes came to life when I was carried on a stretcher. “Hold on, man, you have a big problem with his head” — I heard a voice.
In Dnipropetrovsk military hospital of the fighter brought San aviation. To assess the severity of his condition he could not. Thought, get some therapy and come back again to the front.
Svetlana remembers the first meeting with Zhenya. And the moment of parting.
— He left, and I didn’t ask neither his name nor phone number, — says Svetlana. — Knew only the Callsign. But my heart felt trouble as soon as he heard the howl of the ambulance after shelling on the line of collision, under the city. Then there were reports that the shelling of positions of the volunteer battalions several people were wounded and one killed. And I started looking for your “Climber”. The soldiers of the battalion “Donbass” told me where to find him. Jack was in the hospital, it still operated. Of operating were taken in tubes and bandages. “The injury is very heavy. I can’t say anything. Come tomorrow,” said the surgeon.
Of course, Svetlana came. Since it doesn’t leave Eugene a day.
— If not Light, I would have long ago lay in the tomb, — says Eugene. — Initially very ashamed of his helplessness, and then one of the nurses did not admit to himself: only the world knew how to raise me, where to take, not to hurt. And was sick my whole body — from head to toe.
“The damaged hand Jack is already taking full Cup water, meat cuts, is a computer mouse”
A few months later, September 26, Svetlana Cibulec and Eugene Salenko solemnly married, right in the Kremenchug regional military hospital. And some time later, Eugene was sent to rehab in Poland. The light accompanied him.
— In a Polish rehabilitation center “Kind brother” (close to Gdansk), where the restoration of Ukrainian soldiers Wife two months doing lymph drainage massage, he was doing special exercises — continues to Svetlana. — There for the first time and was on his feet, holding onto a Walker. Before the trip to Poland, I barely picked up for him the burqa. Took the largest size, because of stagnation of lymph feet were swollen and in the ordinary shoes does not fit.
— If from the beginning I was doing so, as in Poland, I would stand up from a wheelchair much earlier — said Eugene Salenko. — The poles, for example, begin to rehabilitate the patient as soon as they depart from the anesthesia.
— Thanks to the treatment began to recover hand, — says Svetlana. — Eugene it is constantly loading, using a computer mouse, takes a full Cup, cuts the meat for the risotto. My husband loves kuhovarit and already sometimes replaces me in the kitchen.
Experts of capital Institute of neurosurgery closed Eugene big dent in the fronto-parietal part of the special plate, the money which had been collected by volunteers from the “battalion Poltava indifferent.” Reconstruction of the skull was required not only to remove the cosmetic defect, how much to relieve neurological symptoms. Unfortunately, not all managed to do. For example, he is irritated by the rustle of leaves, the buzzing flies, the splashing of the water, the sounds of machines.
To drink now even 50 grams of vodka — not fun, and the extra headache, — smiling Eugene. — All consequences of traumatic brain injury. Therefore, alcohol and cigarettes was in the past. But I’m happy that I can again play guitar. Before the war, traveled on a bike, often in the campaigns, as without guitar? Knew the melodies more than four hundred songs. Now take it easy chords. There are other successes: bad arm brush my teeth, can climb three or four steps or downstairs.
Spacious Studio apartment, the money for which the government has allocated, installed wall bars. The owner comes up to her several times a day. Develops knees, train the vestibular apparatus, exercises on coordination. Without this daily hard work would not be such a result. And it helped my Wife to lose 10 pounds. Sedentary lifestyle and high-calorie food has led to the fact that a man weighing up from a coma only 55 kilograms, over time, doubled the weight. His goal is to lose another 20.
But most of all Eugene Salenko struck me that already made a detailed drawing of their own energy-efficient home without even a piece of land under it.
— Want in the house had its own electricity, its heat, its water… And I do not want any privileges from the state, — shares plans for the future a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war Eugene Salenko. — The construction of the house promises to help a friend. It will be a one-story building with an area of seventy square meters. Attic space is a Light under the sewing workshop. I have a great seamstress. Sews wedding dresses, knits…
Light is an economist by education, but in the last years before the war he went to work in Russia and Poland, cared for the sick. It’s like gaining experience before his responsible life exam. And Eugene before the war was engaged in warming of facades of houses, is constantly hanging on the clothesline, and therefore took the Callsign “Iceman”. Not interested in politics, to the square, not out. But when the enemy came to our land, took up arms.
— Because Ukraine is my home, and no one is allowed to go into it without permission, especially to try to destroy you, he explains. — Even if I knew beforehand what it would be like now, still would have gone to war without hesitation.
About the persistent courage of this soldier have a lot to tell his awards: cross of the National guard, the order of “Honor and freedom”, the medal “For defense of Mariupol” and “fidelity to Ukraine” of the first degree.
Alas, awards to wives for loyalty and devotion to her husband did not come up with… Friends this incredibly happy family say: “All that relates to progress in the treatment of Women, the merit of this small, fragile woman. God sent Wife Angela”.
They have been together through a lot, survived. But the most difficult for them was the war with city officials. Some wanted to steal from them half of the money allocated to the apartment, other — time not reported given the plot and the solution eliminated. Was that Zhenya was interrupted by the group of disability and he was denied the allocation of financial assistance. Sometimes from human callousness Svetlana with Eugene hands fell. Then they helped the twin cities, the leadership of the region, just caring people. But it’s not exactly what was started reforms in the country.
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Photos from the family album