31 May 2012
Andrei had an accident where he broke his cervical spine and became disabled. In the four years that have
passed since then, he has achieved some good results, but so far he cannot walk and has to move around
in a wheelchair. His loving wife has been with him all this time. Together they have gone through the
darkest times, and they believe that Andrei will be able to get back to a normal life. This will take long,
but for now, all they are asking for is your help in buying a new wheelchair that would allow Andrei to be
more active. A wheelchair like that costs 145,000 rubles.
Here’s what Andrei’s wife Ekaterina says in her letter:
On August 23, 2008 I married the man whom I loved and who loved me. We were so happy, but
unfortunately our happiness didn’t last long. Just 2 weeks after our wedding, my husband and I were
spending time in the country by the river. We decided to take a ride on an inner tube that was connected
to a motor boat. There was an awful accident: the tube hit the bank and we both found ourselves on the
ground. God kept me safe, but my husband hit his head on the ground and was paralyzed. Right from the beach, the ambulance took him to a local hospital, and from there he was taken to the Krasnogorsk
Military Hospital in the Moscow region for an emergency operation.
I went there with Andrei and spent the 4 months that he stayed in hospital by his bed. I had to quit my
job, because my husband needed help all the time — he could not even move his arms or legs. The doctors
were not giving us any hope since the injury was very serious. All we could hope for was a miracle. And
the miracle did happen: little by little Andrei started moving his arms and then his legs. The doctors could
hardly believe their eyes and kept saying that things like that happen very rarely.
At the time of the accident, Andrei was 24. He had to learn to do all the simplest things all over again:
how to hold a spoon, eat and drink, wash his face. It was extremely difficult, but we did it. We did it
together! So now we’re trying to move forward and achieve more. We do hope that Andrei will be able to
get back to a normal life. Please believe in Andrei as I do, and please help us!