Ivans is a 38-year-old man from Ukraine who has spent a significant part of his life working for the good of the country. He served in the police for 9 years and voluntarily joined the Ukrainian army in 2014, serving until 2016. Afterward, he engaged in business, but on March 3, 2022, he returned to military service.
After a year and a month, while in Bahmut, he was injured by a tank-fired shell. Following two months of attempts to save his leg, it was eventually amputated. Ivans came to Latvia for rehabilitation, as he was eager to undergo it here, where there are reputed programs. He believed that in Ukraine, soldiers couldn’t learn to walk again as effectively and swiftly.
Living with his current mechanical prosthesis, Ivans is adapting progressively well. He can walk short distances without crutches, but for longer ones, he still needs them. However, the current prosthesis is not stable and is not designed for activities like running, jumping, or cycling.
Determined to undergo rehabilitation as quickly and qualitatively as possible, Ivans aims to return to active service. Consultations for the creation of an electronic prosthesis have begun in Ukraine. This type of prosthesis, costing 60,000 euros and consisting of three parts, is much more stable and functional. It can not only provide functions like jumping, running, and squatting but also prevent falls, slips, and accidents. Ivans’s unit commander has also started fundraising for the prosthesis, but the process is slow.
Ivans is ready to return home and to service within a month or two. When asked if he is a patriot, he responds with a smile, stating that how else would he have stepped onto the same ridge twice? And why else would he step for the third time, even with one leg?
Let’s help Ivans raise the necessary funds for the prosthesis! Let’s assist him in returning to life and continuing to defend his homeland!
Name: Tavi Draugi
Registration No: 50008218771
Legal address: Spāres iela 18 k-1, Rīga, LV-1002
Bank account: LV21HABA0551046111790
Bank: Swedbank AS
Purpose of payment: Funds for the prosthesis