My daughter was ill, and in the heat she looked at me seriously:
–Mum, I’d rather have Vika get well and me get sick.
It’s not to show how kind my daughter is. Many kids sometimes say such things, and perhaps even draw them.
It’s rather to show how Vika became part of our lives. Theo has never met Vika, but she has seen plenty of times how I ran to and fro to get the medications she needs. Which I do all the time. Half the fridge is filled by medications awaiting dispatch to the Donbass. The majority of them are for our Lugansk girl.
When Vika was in a TB clinic near Moscow, we often visited her. Theo wanted to go too.
And it seems that every time Zhenya and I, our Moscow Zhenya, visit Lugansk, we first run to see two people: Seryozha Kutsenko and Vika.
I’m constantly writing about this girl. Girl. Indeed, a girl, “lady who can give change from 30”, which is what she said of herself after downhill sledding with a friend.
So I took a few photos for you of our Bellflower.
I like this photo. It shows her how she really is. She doesn’t see she’s being photographed, so she simply giggles. She does that a lot. Hence Bellflower. When we first met her, she did not smile at all.
I tend to have to repeat the same things over and over again. About Viktoria Zozulina who’s had diabetes since the age of 6, whom we met in the Spring ’15 in Lugansk. Met her dying, in terrible state. Nearly in a coma, with a recently passed away brother, also a diabetic. With a distraught mother whose son had just died and has a bedridden mother of her own to care for. And Vika…Vika who did not want to live. Who lost weight, teeth, sight, and health. Explosions had only barely stopped in Lugansk, and the city was in a full state of siege during the summer-fall ’14, with no supply of medicines. People were dying simply from lack of insulin…
When we met, there were no salaries, pharmacies were empty. The mother was at a loss–long prescriptions and complete lack of money. It’s a long story which earlier stories tagged “Vika” tell. We collected at the time enough money for the insulin and other medications she constantly needed. The insulin that was issued in Lugansk clinics actually made Vika feel worse. She needed a different kind, which was expensive.
Then we tried to take Vika to Moscow to restore her eyesight and discovered TB. Six months in a TB ward, but the treatment did not help and she needed a surgery. Part of a lung was removed.
The sight could not be restored. No surgeon wanted to operate.
Then Vika and mom returned to Lugansk. And nearly a year after that we brought her anti-TB mpreparations which were prescribed in Moscow. They were not issued in Lugansk and were costly. We spent 40-50 thousand rubles a month for all the preparations (receipts in relevant posts).
She no longer needs to take such expensive preparations. But she still needs treatment. Constant treatment since she’s not fully recovered. For a diabetic, little things can be fatal. Can’t make a mistake.
Over this time, Vika’s eye was in danger of being removed on several occasion.
She had hypoglycemic comas in Lugansk and after Moscow treatment.
Vika still needs various eyedrops, vitamins, and preparations in order to recover.
She lives with her mom. Grandmother died after they went to Moscow. The father forgot about Vika and her brother already during the divorce, many years ago.
Salaries and benefits in Lugansk are small. Test strips alone cost 2-3 thousand a month. Depending on condition. Unfortunately, her blood sugar remains unstable and has to be measured often.
But Vika is better. She smiles more often, has gained weight.
During the summer, a girlfriend visited her and the two spent all their time together. Unfortunately, she’s since left Lugansk and Vika has almost no friends there. Not that long ago she was studying at the university, had a boyfriend, went to the sea for vacations. Now she’s blind and embarrassed by her condition. Most of her friends left LPR due to the war.
Vika had made a big step toward accepting the situation and joined a group for the blind. There it turned out she sings quite well and will soon appear at a concert.
Vika, you are awesome!))) We are proud of you!!!
Vika still needs help, not only with medications but also food. The family still can’t feed itself properly, which is what a diabetic needs.
Thanks to everyone who donates money for Vika. Thanks to the German Facebook group “Humanitarian Battalion Donbass”, Denis Ballam from Australia, Adriano from Brazil, Lyosha Kovinskiy, Tanya Anikina, and everyone else who’s helped Vika in this difficult situation. A separate thanks to Sasha Shashkova who every month helps me with the logistics of sending medications to the Donbass.
While it’s been a long time since there was fighting in Lugansk, the city is still in a republic that’s not recognized by anyone, and life there is hard.
Particularly for such people like Vika. Who are totally dependent on medications that can’t be found in pharmacies…
Receipts for medications we acquired in Moscow.
Once again, thank you everyone!