Darina and her mother at the Israeli field hospital Kochav Meir in Mostyska

Ukrainian girl wounded in Russian shelling to receive care in Israel

Darina, 9, was hit by shrapnel when Russian forces bombarded her home in Chernihiv; after receiving care at the Israeli field hospital in Mostyska, she will be flown to Israel for surgery and rehabilitation

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 04.19.22, 22:57
As part of Israel's humanitarian efforts in Ukraine amid the ongoing war in the country, a child hurt in a Russian shelling will be flown to Israel in the coming days to receive treatment for her injuries.
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  • Darina, 9, was injured from shrapnel in a Russian bombing in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv in late March and requires surgery to save her legs.
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    Darina and her mother at the Israeli field hospital Kochav Meir in Mostyska
    (Photo: Sheba Medical Center)
    In the coming days, Darina will fly to Israel for further treatment at Sheba Medical Center, together with her mother and the accompanying medical staff.
    Darina was transferred over the weekend with the help of Israeli volunteers from a hospital in Kyiv for further medical treatment at the Israeli field hospital Kochav Meir, which has been operating for a month in the city of Mostyska in western Ukraine.
    Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky visited Darina and her mother at the field hospital. He said that the two went through trauma when their home was hit in the bombing on March 30, and they told him that other family members were also hurt in the bombing.
    "Darina's arrival in Israel is the essence of our mission as part of the humanitarian expedition to the Israeli hospital in Mostyska," Prof. Asaf Vivante, director of the pediatric ward at Safra Children's Hospital at Sheba Medical Center and a member of the Israeli humanitarian delegation to Ukraine, told Ynet.
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    Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky and Darina
    (Photo: Sheba Medical Center)
    "On a personal note, it's hard to describe the great privilege of reaching out to people whose world came crashing and showing them that there is hope within this great chaos."
    Prof. Vivante noted that Darina's transfer to Israel was made possible thanks to cooperation between different individuals and groups that facilitated the complex operation.
    Upon her arrival in Israel, Darina will be admitted to the surgical unit at Safra and will be treated there by specialists in pediatric orthopedics, "and we will continue to accompany her throughout the rehabilitation process, until she recovers," Vivante concluded.
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