Ukrainian Echo
Third Canadian Medical Mission in Kyiv”

Photography: Adriana Luhovy
Article by: Larysa Zariczniak, Kyiv

Overlooking an 11 year old boy, Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn remarks, “Are you listening or are you watching a movie on your tablet?” The boy smiles. This little boy’s name is Mykola. In August he and his friends found a box full of rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s) and began to play. When Mykola’s brother fell when a friend tagged him, the RPG he was holding exploded. Mykola’s brother died and Mykola was airlifted to Zaporizhia for medical aid where the doctors were able to save his life. However, both his legs and his right arm had to be amputated, there was a hole left in the middle of his forehead and massive scaring on his cheek and chin.




The medical missions will continue and for everyone involved, they wish it to continue well into the future. Why? Because as Waler indicates, “there’s no way we can start this process and then abandon” their patients. This includes little Mykola. If anyone wishes to donate to his ongoing care, please go to for more information.