“Authorized Personnel Only”

This is intensive care unit of Lugansk’s City Hospital No. 1. It saves people’s lives around the clock. I wrote about doctors so many times that I don’t want to repeat myself. But how can I not, when we know what they have done during the worst shellings of 2014. When there was no electricity, no communications, and the shelling was constant. They went back and forth, constantly risking their lives. They went where they were needed, even though there were no communications.
And now they go out to save people even during curfews.
Heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure–that’s what plagues the people of the Donbass. What can one say, considering the level of stress there?
Very many doctors have left, which is understandable. But those who remained are genuine heroes. Many did not leave because they couldn’t. They couldn’t abandon their patients. They felt they were needed. They worked practically without pay in 2014-15, and even today the less is said about their salaries, the better…

Hospitals these days are well supplied, but there is a shortage of cleaning supplies like everywhere else. The staff keep track of every ounce of washing detergent and bleach. Nurses often wash by hand, so we brought them gloves to protect their hands. And, of course, some detergent and bleach. Detergent is highly prized everywhere–hospices, retirement homes, orphanages–and few things provoke as much joy.

And look at these smiling ladies, or “girls”, which is how Zhenya refers to them.
Thanks to all who participate in our aid efforts!

If you want to join the aid effort for the people of the Donbass, please write me in person through LiveJournal, facebookV Kontakte, or email: littlehirosima@gmail.com. Paypal address: littlehirosima@gmail.com.


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