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Not only the war with the occupant. Katia's story

MedExpress Team


Published March 8, 2022 15:34

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Katia was on her way to the hospital for an urgent surgery on her 17-year-old daughter Alinka, who is suffering from bone cancer, when Russia invaded Ukraine. A doctor from the Kiev National Institute of Oncology called them and advised them to return home for their own safety. Soon it was clear to the family that the only option for continuing treatment was going abroad.

"We made the decision without hesitation, because for us now there is not only a war with the occupiers, but also a war for our child's life," said Katia. She and her daughter are now in Warsaw awaiting further treatment of Alinka, whose condition is assessed by doctors as stable.
Katia and her daughter are among over a million people who fled to Poland from Ukraine to save themselves from the war. Another 700,000 refugees went to neighboring countries such as Romania and Moldova. According to United Nations estimates, four million people could ultimately escape.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that a massive exodus from Ukraine raises the risk of a health crisis that will not be limited to one or two countries in Europe.

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