On 23 October Sasha Popova and her mother Alla Gudz moved to the new large three-bedroom apartment bought for 39 thousand dollars by Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. As rehabilitation of the girl went much faster than the medics expected, the foundation supported her mother’s request to use the funds allocated for the treatment to improve the family’s living conditions. Now Sasha will continue rehabilitation in the new apartment that has a specially equipped exercise unit.
Sasha Popova moves to new apartment, gift from Rinat Akhmetov
Sasha’s treatment was also financed by Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. The foundation bought all the necessary medical supplies and equipment to the ECU in Mykolaiv emergency hospital where Sasha was staying since March 2012, including an artificial respirating unit and membrane plasmapheresis unit. The ward Sasha was later transferred to was also equipped with a 12-channel cardiograph, ozone therapy unit, quartz heater and an air conditioner. In order to select the right treatment approach in May 2013 the foundation organized a consultation with the leading specials in Ukraine.
Now Sasha is able to walk without any help and keep a conversation. She’s been living in her new apartment for two weeks, cooking for herself and going to the gym. Next year Sasha plans to enter Kyiv National University for Culture and Arts that has a branch in Mykolaiv. Doctors note good progress in the girl’s confitions, but according to the chief physician of Mykolaiv emergency hospital and the head of neurosurgery department she has a long rehabilitation period ahead of her.
“In my experience this is the only case when people, helping a person in need, report on what’s been done, what was the situation in the beginning and what it is like now,” says Oleksandr Demianov, chief physician of Mykolaiv emergency hospital. “Sasha’s treatment and rehabilitation have been of great consequence to the hospital. I would like to thank Rinat Akhmetov of behalf of the doctors of our hospital for his support that made it possible for us to do what needed to be done. It is a great example tha, given the necessary financing and equipment, healthcare can do wonders, not only abroad, but even here, in the country. It was confirmed by Lutz Harms, one of the best doctors in Germany, who said that participation of German doctor’s in Sasha’s treatment is nit necessary.”
Anatoliy Zabolotnyi, director Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine, said: “Sasha’s story has shocked many people in Ukraine, including the founder of the Foundation for Development of Ukraine Rinat Akhmetov. He instructed the foundations to do everything we can to save the girl. For the last 18 months as the foundation provided financial, organizational and psychological support for Sasha’s recovery she has become a dead friend to many of us. We always kept in touch with her mother, employees of the foundations answered her calls at any time anв we all hoped for the best for Sasha. We a really pappy that the rehabilitation is going well and she is able to go back to her normal life, and even make such important decision as helping the hospital she’s spent three months in.”
On the same day Sasha Popova and Alla Gudz met the doctors and patients of Mykolaiv emergency hospital. Due to speedy recovery the family had 100 thousand hryvnias left from the money donated by the foundation, and it was Sasha’s and her mother’s decision to donate this money to the hospital. It will be used to buy a full set of anaesthesiological equipment for the ECU (infusion pump, patient monitor, and an electric suction machine to the artificial respirating unit that was bought by the foundation earlier).