Ukrainians stand in lines to donate blood for soldiers


People came to the Mechnikov Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital on Friday, May 30, as early as 6:00 am to stand in line to donate blood for the wounded soldiers who had taken part in the anti-terrorist operations in the east of the country, reported TV Channel 9.

People began to gather at dawn, answering the call from doctors at the Mechnikov hospital and eager to donate even a drop of blood, which they believe can save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers who are defending Ukraine.

“It’s a debt, absolutely! Maybe someone will need it more!” said Viktor, who came to donate blood.

“I hope they will accept it! They say I’m healthy,” said Anna

“We need to help people. Today we’re helping, tomorrow we’ll be helped!” added Vadym.

IMG_3067-375x250Many of the participants donated blood for the first time in their lives. People of various ages and professions stood in line, including elderly women not frightened even by the heat. Doctors said they expected 400 donors, but more than twice that number came. Almost the entire staff at the Mechnikov hospital was involved.

“We were prepared for 400 people, but we have reserve staff and are ready to accept more people,” said Andriy Pavlov,  physician-neurosurgeon at the hospital.

Soldiers of the volunteer battalion Dnipro, who came to donate blood, were allowed to go directly to the blood donation center on the 2nd flood of the hospital surgical building without standing in line. The men were greeted with applause, and people said they have infinite respect and gratitude for these defenders.

There are currently 11 soldiers in the hospital, who ended up in Dnipropetrovsk from eastern Ukraine, where they were participating in the antiterrorist operation. They were brought in with gunshot wounds to the head, abdomen and chest.

“The soldiers and officers who were brought to us had lost a great deal of blood — up to 2-3 liters. And our initial measures were to replenish blood and restore bodily functions. Today they are out of danger,” said Serhiy Ryzhenko, chief doctor at the hospital.

“The doctors practically dragged me back from the other world. I am very grateful to the entire staff of the hospital — both in Dnipropetrovsk and in Mariupol, where I was taken first. If not for these people, my child would be an orphan now, said Dmytro, a wounded soldier.

All donated blood will be scrutinized carefully, the doctors said. Only the healthiest blood will be preserved and delivered to the blood bank.

“This blood will not be wasted, not a drop. It will be needed by mothers, soldiers, traffic accident victims,” said Ihor Makedonskyy,  health director at the Oblast State Administration.

Even people from other oblasts came to donate blood for Ukraine’s defenders. The doctors say they were stunned by the patriotism of citizens.

” I was especially impressed by a young, disabled girl,” said Nina Ruban, the deputy chief of obstetrics and gynecology. “She came from Lutsk. She should not be donating blood, but here you see this patriotism and compassion — this readiness to donate not only her blood but her soul,” Ruban said.

Reporting:  Anna Vernyhorova

Camera:  Dmytro Bolshak

Translation: Anna Mostovych


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