Yesterday Vika went shopping on her own. Alone!
Sveta, her mom, quietly observed her. She says the girl messed up only once, she walked past her home. I remember how she, literally a tiny kitten, couldn’t even walk about her room–she took such careful steps, as if afraid she’d fall through thin ice.
Also our lovely lady recently appeared before the local blind circle, sang contemporary songs. People say the girl has quite a voice, strong and clear.
And look at these cheeks!!! You just want to squeeze them!
Vika has begun to go outside for walks. A girl friend recently arrived and they go out together.
I remember how she and her mother would stay cooped up for months on end.
In ’15 everyone left. Nobody from among people close to her remained in Lugansk. Which was understandable…
There are only elderly in the blind group in Lugansk. The younger blind in the city rarely attend its meetings or not at all.
Vika has been under our care since May ’15 when we first met her in critical condition.
We began to regularly assist her. Got her into a hospital, helped with several surgeries in Lugansk. Her mother was also heavily stressed after her son’s death. Later we took Vika to Moscow thanks to Irina Bednova to cure her eyes. But there we learned she had TB. One thing after another. She remained in Moscow and was treated at a TB clinic. Thank you, doctors who admitted her. Because she had no insurance policy. Since treatment was ineffective, she underwent a surgery that removed part of her lung during the summer of ’16. Many remember the posts written from the TB clinic–we and Zhenya, Lena, Lyosha, and Tanya took turns constantly visiting Vika.
Vika’s sight deteriorated to the point of blindness, doctors refused to treat it. Said it was hopeless…
Vika and mom returned to Lugansk. Then we and you spent more than a year collecting money for TB treatment. Such drugs can’t be gotten in Lugansk. Anywhere. We bought them in Moscow and sent to Lugansk. 40-50 thousand rubles a month worth.
And yes–we did it! It was a miracle every time, and every time I couldn’t believe it was possible. But you made it possible!
My dear and beloved people!!! It is so good to be able to help someone!!!)))
Thank you Tanya and Lena, thank you Lena, Karl, Denis, Adriano! Thank you Zhenya and Lena!
Thank you, my dear Sashenka, for helping send the medications to Lugansk every month!
Thank you all for help, for the kind words, for the caring!
Test strips for measuring sugar, eye drops, vitamins. Vika is not as well as we’d want. And she is blind…Still getting used to it. Adapting to it. She’s struggling with it, but presses on.
Her mom is still afraid to leave her on her own–sugar has to be measured constantly. After the return from Moscow she had a number of hypoglycemic comas. Vika can’t read the indicators…
I think it will all work out. A matter of time. And, I think, time is now on our side.
Here I will cross fingers and add that Vika and her mom still need our aid. She’s not fully recovered yet. They live in Lugansk. And you realize what that means…
They survive thanks to benefits and garden. Benefits in the Republics are tiny. Not enough for medications, and she also requires proper nutrition as a diabetic. We’ll continue to help for as long as we can. Please label any contributions and donations “Vika”.
Once again, many thanks for Vika!!!