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YURIY MYSAK


Try to imagine the complete dysfunction of your hands: they are completely covered with scars. These scars hold you back at every step, no matter whether it's the process of dressing or simply holding a spoon in your hands. Can you imagine? And Yuriy from Vinnytsia does not need to imagine.

Yuriy Mysak suffered 65% burns to his body on 14 July 2022, the same terrible day of the rocket attack on the centre of Vinnytsia. The burns later turned into scars, so his wife is the greatest consolation and help for the unflagging hero in his everyday life.

The man remembers the day of his injury well. On that regular working day, he was doing his favourite thing, and when the alarm went off, he went for cover. He recalls how he jumped into his friend's car to say hello, but the arrival was faster than they expected. One moment you are sitting in a car, and the next you are on the tarmac next to the same car. These two moments are separated by a short lapse in memory - the only one Yurii had, as he retained consciousness, but he has no recollection of how he ended up near the car. The only thing he remembers in the car was a large shadow that was rapidly approaching them, and then complete darkness. The shock wave was too strong and easily moved the cars. For it, people are just grains of sand.

After regaining consciousness after a brief moment of being thrown to the asphalt, Yurii started to get up. He recalls: "I see things around me like in a film - it's like a slow motion movie: fire, screams, noise, alarms, cars, everything falling, burning. My ears were ringing and my mouth tasted like iron, my eardrums were bursting from the explosion. And the only thought in my head is that this is definitely the end."

Fortunately, every finish is, in fact, a start. The start of a new realisation of the value of life. Yurii and his friend managed to run away, but not far enough. Their clothes had already started to catch fire on their burned bodies: their trousers were almost completely burnt, while their T-shirt began to burn on the sleeves and bottom, where the biggest burns appeared. However, Yurii, being in a state of shock, did not realise the extent of what had happened to him. He says he didn't feel too bad. The only unpleasant moments were the sun's rays hitting his skin (when the burns became more noticeable) and the general appearance of his hands, when burnt parts of the body cover hung from the fingers.

Yuriy was helped to get to the nearest hospital, where doctors were surprised to see him. Numerous burns, a serious contusion and a broken head did not prevent him from going into shock. Later, the man was temporarily sent to the Pirogov Regional Hospital, then to Lviv for a few days, and then to neighbouring Poland for a month and a half. However, after returning home, he felt like hell. The scars started to grow, and it was as painful as you can imagine. For a month, this feeling did not give the man peace of mind.

By chance, Yuriy came across a post from the Neopalymi project on Facebook. He read that the project helps both the military and civilians whose lives were crippled during the Russian-Ukrainian war. So he filled out a questionnaire and is now undergoing treatment, which will not end soon. He calls it preparation for society, because now, as he admits, he is a 50-50 person. "My wife turns me on like a key - she dresses me, puts on my shoes, helps me with everything else. If my skin wasn't prone to scarring, I would have been healthy a long time ago." Currently, the scars are still inflamed, so laser treatment is not yet allowed. This means that the only possible help now is injections and rehabilitation.


The injured man is happy to have survived by a miracle. Being a dozen metres away from the epicentre of the explosion, he was able to survive, and not everyone is given this opportunity. The next component of survival is hospitals. It can be quite difficult for patients to meet their basic needs, and so the man is most grateful to his wife. He says he just wants to get well and finally become like everyone else. The depressive component goes hand in hand with gratitude - gratitude to God, doctors and loved ones for saving his life. "Others are not as lucky as I am, so I am determined to live on, to benefit society and my family as much as possible," says Yuriy.

This situation has once again shown him that help always comes from where you least expect it. Yuriy says: "There are people with whom we could have crossed paths once or even never met in person. They owe me nothing, and I owe them nothing. But the support was enormous, both financial and moral. And my story is an example of how people should help each other. One day I will repay them with my own business." Our society is far from callous. You just need to be able to see the good that can often be mistakenly taken for granted.

Even in this situation, there are advantages. Yuriy continues to share his wisdom: "I am a kind person in general, and here I realised that it is not in vain, because our people deserve it. Both the locals and the Poles who had admitted me for treatment earlier. We are nothing to them, and they take care of us as if we were their own. We live in a wonderful society and we need to appreciate everyone. I will be able to convey this to other people - we have to appreciate every day and every situation, both good and bad. We are all given exactly what we can handle."


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