A serviceman wounded at the front – 59-year-old Ivan Golyuka from Kolomyia, in the Carpathian region – is being rehabilitated in Lviv.
The man suffered two heart attacks and two strokes, some of them on his legs, the National Rehabilitation Center “Nezlamni” reports.
In his native city of Kolomyia, Ivan worked in law enforcement for about 20 years, headed a regional rehabilitation center for law enforcement officers.
After the start of a large-scale war, Ivan joined the local Teroborona and in two months served in Donetsk region, where he became the deputy combatant for moral and psychological support.
|Ivan Golyuka together with a rehabilitation doctor during classes. All photos: Nezlamni National Rehabilitation Center|
The man had to support the fighting spirit of the soldiers. He also transported the bodies of fallen soldiers.
He says that he experienced the loss of each soldier as if it were personal.
“The hardest thing was to look into the mother’s eyes and say that her son is home forever”– says Ivan.
Later, the man fell ill – he began to feel burning pains in the area of the heart.
When the pain stopped, Ivan immediately returned to work. He was examined only after a few months, when it became very bad.
In Zaporizhzhia, the officer was diagnosed with a second heart attack. This meant that he carried the first one on his feet.
|Ivan is now trying not only to regain his strength, but also to find himself|
In order to restore blood flow in the damaged area of the heart, doctors immediately operated on him and installed a stent. However, this turned out to be not enough.
The defender’s vessels were also affected by the disease, so doctors from Zaporizhzhia sent the patient to Kyiv for another operation – coronary artery bypass grafting.
After surgery, Ivan was sent to Lviv.
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On the first night of his stay in Lviv, the defender’s blood pressure rose, and the right half of his body weakened. Doctors suspected a stroke.
During the examination, radiologists confirmed the diagnosis: the patient had an ischemic stroke. In addition, the examination revealed another previously suffered stroke.
Ivan probably suffered it immediately after heart surgery, doctors say.
|“There I was in my place. It was not easy, but I knew what I was doing and why. And here you still need to understand: where you are, who you are and in what status,” the man shares|
“Such strokes usually occur as a complication after surgical interventions. That is why, as the soldier told us, he felt and still sometimes feels one-sided numbness in his limbs. The second stroke was much easier.
Problems with speech and coordination of movements lasted only a few hours. The patient received medical treatment on time and has no neurological deficit.”– says cardiologist and doctor of physical rehabilitation medicine Hanna Bordyuzhenko.
Currently, Ivan is in rehabilitation and feels much better, doctors add.
Physiotherapists, occupational therapists and a psychologist work with him.
In the future, the man plans to return to the service.
“I was in my place there. It wasn’t easy, but I knew what I was doing and why. In civilian life, you still need to understand: where you are, who you are, and in what status.” – added the soldier.
We previously reported that in Lviv, doctors operated on a soldier for 10 hours to save his leg.
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