Littlehirosima: Can’t Walk

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Original by Yevdokia “Dunya” Sheremetyeva published on littlehirosima blog; translated from Russian by J.Hawk and originally posted in his blog
 

Larisa
Emelina unexpectedly gave birth at age 43, to a girl who is
only slightly older than her granddaughter. She was an amazing little
kid until the age of 1, and she even started to walk by then. Developing on schedule, even ahead of it. But then she received a
vaccine and all hell broke out. Now she is constantly suffering from
spasms and can’t walk.


“We need a walker.”

Usually, when I’m Moscow, the people from Pervomaysk city
administration send me lists of medicine, crutches, wheelchairs, and
other needs.
So now I come with my father’s walker in the trunk.

We deliver medicine to the city executive committee, then I remember:
–Who needed the walker?
I’m particularly sensitive to the needs of sick elderly.

After a pause, they asked in the hallway.
–There’s a girl, you brought a packet of medicines for her, she was right in front of me, her sister needs it.
–So why didn’t you give it to her?
–Because she needs a baby walker.

They didn’t take a photo of the sister. Lots of people there, and everyone’s in a hurry.

Olya Ishchenko and I were tearing ourselves to pieces, distributing the labeled packets to their intended recipients.

Olya instantly reacts:
–We’ll take the aid to her and find out about everything.

It’s almost night. We reached Larisa after a whole day of aid deliveries.
To be honest, we were confused as to who needed the chair.

I was trying to figure out while still in the car–for the granddaughter? Daughter? Sister?

We get to Larisa’s house, and it’s empty.
A neighbor waved us toward the end of the street:
–She’s at her daughter’s, she’s there with her granddaughter.

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A wizened elderly woman holding a girl in her arms comes out on the porch.
The girl cannot walk…

It looks like she was dressed up in preparation for our arrival. White socks with rings, a pink jacket, a skirt…
The woman skilfully shifts the girl from one arm to the next, but it’s obvious it’s a heavy weight for her.

We didn’t go into the house–the son in law came back from work (he
works at a quarry) and was washing up. There has been no water in Pervomaysk since May, so they do all the washing in basins, in the
middle of the living room.



We sat on the bench in order to take a photo for our report, and Olya started to ask questions:

–What do you need, what do you absolutely need?
–Thanks, we got all the medicines. It’s enough for a few months. We
need a walker. Or even a wheelchair, if possible. Are there special chairs
for disabled children? She’s too big for a baby carriage.

The girl was very embarrassed. She was turning away, and her mouth kept opening.

The mother was constantly closing it, saying:
-What are you doing, close it, close it! Can you read a poem for the nice man?
=Please, don’t make it harder for her…
-She understands everything, reads poems… But right now she’s quiet for some reason.

The girl’s legs were pressed together. Spasms again…
Her arms are in a half-folded state.
A lovely and pleasant face.

According to Larisa, the doctors even refused to write in her medical history the vaccine caused this.
-But I remember, I know, she was a healthy kid. 



I’m not a doctor, this is not my business.
But we could bring Larisa’s daughter some medicine, food, and try to find what she needs.
If someone has an unneeded child wheelchair and walker, we’d be very grateful if you could pass them on.

Perhaps
there are larger wheelchairs suitable for someone this age. If you have
experience in this sort of thing, please let us know.

Given the
wartime reality of the Donbass and Pervomaysk especially, because it’s
located right on the front lines, these things are difficult to obtain.
And Larisa has no money…
If you want contribute to help Larisa’s daughter or other needy people on the Donbass, contact me through my livejournal account, through Facebook, or via email: [email protected] (or send Paypal+message to the same address). Everything will be delivered and reported.

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