Thousands of Ukrainians have lost limbs. We visited the Superhumans prosthetics center, which restores function, and also hope. And Ross finds he can't return to his favourite sport, boxing.
Thanks for the reporting. Serhii is an amazing fellow but his story also underscores why the West must continue supporting Ukraine. I am so disappointed by our short attention span. I only wish Ross and his fellow Ukrainians can rediscover joy in things we take for granted. Slava Ukraini!
Thanks for remembering the wounded.
In war, everyone knows the heroes. If the war is popular, then everyone who took part is a hero. But somehow the wounded are airbrushed out of the movies, the documentaries, even the news about the war. In the infamously immortal words of Donald Trump, "No one wants to see that, the wounded."
Those wounded in spirit alone sometimes suffer the most. People look at them and don't see any injury, so they can't understand the drinking, the nervousness, the depression. But those wounded in body face limitations that require extraordinary effort to overcome. Sometimes, it's not possible. And usually wounds in the body come with wounds in spirit.
As long as the war is popular, then society tries to help...with job offers, financial assistance, medical treatments, counseling. When the war is unpopular, everything changes. Then the drinking, the nervousness, the depression become reasons to shun the wounded. The military as a whole is downgraded. Bush the Elder called it "Vietnam Syndrome."
I am grateful for the spirit of the Ukrainian people, who do support their wounded soldiers. I wonder what will become of the Russian soldiers, many of whom are treated badly already--even by their comrades!, while the war is still relatively popular. How will they manage when it becomes clear what a disaster this is?
Thanks, again, for remembering the wounded.
Amazing story. Thanks for all your hard work and for the risks you’re all taking to provide us w/ the truth on the ground. The segment abt boxing is brilliant. I look forward to the day you can pick up your gloves again. Very soon, I hope.
Thanks for the reporting on the prosthetics. I thought of Cambodia with their high proportion of people with damaged limbs. Good to see that Ukraine has the capability to meet this new demand. I will guess that Ross's love of boxing is undergoing some kind of metamorphosis and he will gain a different appreciation of it, once the war is over.
I hate Russia for what they have done. Like others, they have shown the world who they are; believe them.
I’m glad my current contributions are going to medical. I can’t wait to change it to rebuilding!
Thanks for another thought provoking bulletin - while I love the work being done for fighters who have lost limbs and am in awe of the attitude shown by Serhil & his wife Daryna, it is gobsmacking to read the stats of how MANY Ukrainians have already lost limbs in this illegal invasion. The Superhuman hospital is amazing - is there a fundraising pathway to expand their work so they can accept more people to help? Perhaps establish more centres in other places? As I said elsewhere, some people don't like to contribute $$ for things that might kill or maim anyone, but would perhaps consider this a worthy peaceful cause ...
Ross, while I am sad you have lost this joy you used to have in boxing, I hope reliving memories of better times can give some moments of respite ... you may never go back to THIS, but after Ukraine has kicked out the invaders I hope you can find something else to take it's place, and in the meantime your work matters. It was similar during the height/depths of COVID - things that seemed important before seemed trivial in the face of helplessness and mass sickness/death & uncertainty for the future. Of course War is worse - the human spirit is resilient as Serhill demonstrates (amongst the many examples) but I wish it didn't need to be!
Hugs to all (and look forward to Tim Mak sharing his recent trip - happy he is back safe)
Thank you. An excellent story on the Superhumans Center.
This entire thread is amazing. Myroslava and Ross (and you too, Tim) have done such a superior job presenting the strength of Ukrainians in body and spirit. I hope the U.S. leaders stop playing their embarrassing games and fund the defense of democracy. Stay safe, all.