Physically Challenged Orphans Receive Medical Assistance
UCARE continues to
help orphans in Ukraine through its "Medical Assistance to Physically
Challenged Orphans" project. In the past years, UCARE has helped
disabled and sick children from many areas of Ukraine receive medical
care within Ukraine.
UCARE volunteers in
Kyiv coordinate the care. The volunteers greet the children upon their
arrival, visit them while they are in hospital, and help take care of
them while they are in the hospital. This includes changing bandages and providing food, as most Ukrainian
hospitals are not full service
They are also
visited by our stipendiaty, fellow orphans, who are now attending colleges or technical
Many of the children need multiple surgeries and the
prostheses need to be changed and adjusted as they grow since they become worn and broken. The care for them is never ending.
Pictured below are Vitaliy and Kateryna, who have come to Kyiv
for treatment. They live in the small city of Tsyurupins'k, located far south on the left bank of the Dnipro River,
across from Kherson.
They both live and attend school in the special needs orphanage in
town. The children at the school have significant disabilities –
physical, mental, or both. Through the diligence of a very active director the children receive the best possible
UCARE, with the help of the
Ortho-Tek Company, has provided these children with assistance with payment of surgeries and prostheses; and also provided medical equipment, wheelchairs and
medications. UCARE volunteers have also brought clothing,
shoes, art supplies, sports equipment, toys, picture books and
chocolates for them.
In 2001, with the help of Dr. Roksolyana Khromey of L'viv, UCARE provided a new set of schoolbooks for the orphanage school.
The books they've been using were twenty years old, falling apart, and
When the children come to Kyiv for their care, our Kyiv staff and
volunteers help them along each step of the way. They are greeted at thier arrival, provided with room and board during their stay, shown around town,transported to their medical appointments, as well as the hospital. As in many non-Western countries, limited care is
provided by the medical staff. The patient's family is expected to feed,
bathe and otherwise care for the patient, including providing and
changing bandages. Our volunteers are these children's "family."
Kateryna trying on her new arm and leg prosthetics.
This photo shows our Dima (center) greeting Vitaliy and Kateryna at the train station.
Vitaliy is pictured here (left) with his new prosthesis (a corset for his scoliosis). On the right is a room full of prostheses and molds at Ortho-Tek, a company which has worked with us to provide prosthetics for our orphans at minimal cost.
Vitaliy and Katryna are enjoying a tasty snack.
Vitaliy and Katryna visiting the UCARE office in Kyiv.