Doctors from the third Canadian Medical Mission operate on 31 ATO victims, including a child


Kyiv, October 30, 2015. This week, doctors from the third Canadian Medical Missionoperated on 31 injured persons in the Main Military Clinical Hospital, informed Anatoly Kazmirchuk, the head of the National Military Medical Center “Main Military Clinical Hospital”, Major General of Medical Service, at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “Reconstructive surgeries of craniofacial defects accounted for 70% of proceedures, and surgeries of injured limbs comprised 30%,” said Mr. Kazmirchuk. A child who sustained traumatic amputation of his limbs and craniofacial injury was among the patients. Canadian and Ukrainian doctors conducted a number of surgical interventions.

It was this incident that urged the President of the Canada- Ukraine Foundation Victor Hetmanczuk to extend the Foundation’s plans for helping wounded Ukrainians. According to him, 43 children have been killed and 112 children have been wounded during the period of hostilities in Ukraine.  Now Victor Hetmanczuk is also going to work on establishing a special fund to support these wounded children. “We have already opened the Mykola Care Fund in Canada to support the child (the boy who was operated on by Canadian doctors – Ed.). One donor has already donated 250 thousand UAH,” the President of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation informed about the first results of these efforts. According to Viktor Hetmanczuk, the problem is that Ukraine lacks activities related to informing children about the dangers in the ATO zone and adjacent areas, in particular, about explosives. Therefore, the Foundation plans to conduct such educational activities in Ukraine.

“In general, since, the first Canadian Medical Mission was organized last spring, over 100 persons wounded in the ATO zone and activists of the Dignity Revolution were operated on. Among other damages, there were multiple maxillofacial injuries, complex injuries of the upper extremities requiring several reconstructive surgeries,” said the head of the National Military Medical Clinical Centre Anatoly Kazmirchuk. The next, already the fourth, Canadian Medical Mission is scheduled for February next year.