KYIV: Valentyn Mozgovy can’t breathe without a ventilator, which is why he has to be kept powered up during Ukraine’s elections. blackouts It is now a matter of survival or death.
Numerous thousands of people have been terrified by the frequent power outages that Russian missile attacks cause. Ukrainians Patients who depend on electricity for the operation of medical equipment.
Mozgovy is paralysed from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This degenerative neurological condition has made it impossible for him to breath without aid.
“He is alive, you see. That means I figured it out,” His wife. Lyudmyla Mozgovahe told AFP from their Kyiv apartment.
Her husband, who was also in the room, lay next to her in a duvet with a pattern in his medically-adapted bed. His face is barely visible below the ventilator.
Since the October strike on the energy infrastructure, the Mozgovys’ first blackout in the dark ages have seen a lot of progress.
Valentyn was forced to inhale on his own for ten excruciating minutes.
“The way he breathed was scary… we had no clue what to do!” His wife agreed.
The Mozgovys adjusted to the new norm of outages.
“His body doesn’t move, but his mind is very bright, he gives a lot of advice… he is our captain,” Sie said.
She installed a battery storage system as well as extra batteries. for Her husband’s medical mattress and respiratory unit — which controls the pressure experienced by bedridden patients.
Persisting anxiety
Regardless of how prepared they may be, the situation is still precarious.
“I wish there was a bit of stability, so we could understand when there will be electricity… to make a decision on how to cope.”
Mozgova is grateful that her husband and she can afford all the necessary equipment.
“It was very expensive, our children helped us… I don’t even know what advice to give to those who don’t have money,” Sie said.
Tens of thousands of people in Ukraine need electricity for survival, according to Iryna Kolkina, the executive director of SVOYI, which provides palliative care.
“If all these people were suddenly unable to use their life-saving devices and went to the hospital at the same time, our medical system would simply break.”
Tetyana Venglinska After three exhausting months, Eva was forced to admit Eva, her 75-year old mother, in hospital.
Eva needs to have a link to a device to deliver supplementary energy after being diagnosed with lung cancer. oxygen At all times, Tetyana (her daughter) explained while sitting in the corner of her mother’s Kyiv Hospice bed.
For your safety, oxygen To ensure that the battery could last for the long-term outages at the home, the family would have to lower the quantity of oxygen They provided it.
“For my mom, it was total torture,” Venglinska said.
“Imagine cutting your oxygen intake three times.”
“Drink to Victory”
Family members were left in constant fear because the battery lasted up to 8 hours.
“(My husband) was afraid to enter her room every time, he didn’t know if my mom was alive… or if she had suffocated,” Venglinska said.
The outage was more than 10-hours long on December 17. This is longer than the usual.
Tetyana called for a private ambulance after all the power had been exhausted, and her mother still had 40 minutes on her breathing machine battery.
This was an important decision: Venglinska was living without electricity. for The next four days will be very busy.
“She would have died for sure,” Venglinska said.
Tetyana, her mother who was bedridden, has spent her most time in the clinic since that day.
She stayed with her husband in the flat where he cares for her father, who is 85 years old.
“I want to go home as soon as possible,” Venglinska said. “Our family is separated.”
Lyudmyla, Lyudmyla’s mother back in Mozgovy is also hoping for better days.
“We will definitely drink to victory… Valentyn will do it his way, through a straw, and I’ll pour myself one.”
“And (the drink) won’t be weak!” She laughs.