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Sutyagin Andrei, 28 years old

Date of birth: 29 February 1984.
Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan Region..

Diagnosis: spinal cord injury. Andrei cannot walk yet and asks you to help him buy a new wheelchair that will allow him to live a more active life. The wheelchair costs 145,000 rubles (approx. 4,458 US dollars).
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!

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