| May 31, 2016
A few months ago, we told you about a little Ukrainian boy named Klym.
A preschool-aged child living in war-torn Kramatorsk, Klym was caught in an explosion near his school a year ago. He lost his mother that day when she leaped on top of her boy to shield him from the blast. Neighbors found the boy still clinging to his mother. He was badly injured but alive.
Doctors were able to treat Klym’s trauma at a local hospital, in large part due to a shipment of medical supplies from Medical Teams International.
Young Klym was saved during a bomb explosion in the Ukraine when his mother jumped on top of him. Though badly injured, he was successfully treated at local hospitals as a result of your donations.
The supplies were a lifesaver for Klym. He was not alone. They helped others like him, people stuck in the crossfire of the ongoing strife in Eastern Ukraine. Because of the conflict, people are being injured, losing limbs and dying. This surgical equipment ensures that hospitals can treat people suffering from the most serious injuries.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and another 20,000 wounded since the Ukraine conflict began two years ago, according to The New York Times.
Hospitals in this war-torn region will soon be receiving another shipment of supplies, which will go toward helping people just like Klym. In partnership with U.S.-based, Ukrainian-American nonprofits and your generous support, a fresh shipment of medical supplies and surgical equipment is on its way to Kiev, the Ukraine capital, before it makes its way to locations farther east.
A volunteer pulls a pallet of medical supplies bound for the Ukraine. Once the entire shipment arrives, it will be dispersed among roughly 80 hospitals.
Katya Sedova, Head of Humanitarian Affairs for the Ukrainian Association of Washington State, said the supplies will be dispersed among 80 hospitals and health facilities located in the hardest-hit regions.
“These supplies are vital,” she said. “Some of these are not available.”
She added: “We have people wounded, killed almost every day. They need these supplies right now.”
Amputations in particular are now sadly all too common in the Ukraine. There are shortages of high-quality sutures that can stop bleeding and stem trauma. The shipment contains all manner of medical supplies, from the high-quality sutures to bandages and surgical masks.
Your support in sending these valuable supplies is saving lives. And because of your support, and the help of partners, Medical Teams was able to send this most recent shipment, valued at $962,409.