From his stays in hospitals in kyiv, Arsène Sabanieev, 32, brought back some photos that show the urgency of coming to the aid of Ukrainian doctors who practice war medicine every day. He plans to return to his home country in the coming days, with medical equipment collected here in France.
“We do with what we have”
“For me, it’s very shocking because you see these surgeons who don’t have sterile gowns, there are no surgical drapes, there are no anesthesia ventilators, we use resuscitation respirators which are not intended for that, so it’s really war medicine, we do with what we have”, he confides at the microphone of Europe 1.
So after having assessed the specific needs, the young 32-year-old doctor who has been living in Lille for seven years will leave in the coming days with another volunteer on board two vans with medication, external fracture fixators, electrocautery and very valuable relief kits for combatants or civilians caught under bombs.
Amplify the solidarity effort
“These are military-grade first aid kits that save a life. They contain what it takes to stop massive bleeding, it’s the number one cause of death in a war zone,” he said. he. The hospital where he works has released an envelope of 50,000 euros to support his initiative. Donations are also pouring in through social media. But Doctor Sabanieev hopes soon to amplify his solidarity effort on the occasion of other trips to kyiv where his father still lives.
“There is equipment which we would not have thought would be useful, for example, armored ambulances. We need armored ambulances! It seems absurd in Europe, but you have to be able to protect them because sometimes the caregivers who are inside are machine-gunned by the Russian forces, but they have a lot of courage!”, He says on Europe 1. A courage, but also a distress in the face of which the young Franco-Ukrainian doctor refuses to remain arms crusaders.
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