Ukrainian doctor visits Rifle’s Grand River Health, seeking medical supplies and medicine for front line

Ukrainian doctor visits Rifle’s Grand River Health, seeking medical supplies and medicine for front line
Grand River Health’s Dr. Michael Duehrssen, remaining, and Ukrainian Dr. Serhii Serdeniuk unload professional medical provides in Ukraine in March 2022.
Courtesy/Annick Pruett

Two Grand River Well being medical professionals and their households went to Ukraine considerably less than two months immediately after Russia invaded. They introduced with them medical provides, $4,000 really worth of prescription drugs and hundreds of critical understanding.

Medical practitioners Michael Duehrssen and Heath Cotter taught younger Ukrainian combatants how to area gown wounds. They addressed unwell refugees. A single of their daughters played harp for war-stressed orphans.

During this humanitarian mission, the two Rifle medical professionals worked facet-by-aspect with two Ukrainian physicians: spouse and wife Serhii and Yuliia Serdeniuk. 

Shortly just after 6 p.m. Jap European Time on Thursday, Dr. Serhii battled intermittent blackouts as he spoke with the Write-up Independent more than WhatsApp, a absolutely free, global communication company.

A distorted man’s voice muffled around an intercom at Angelia Clinic, a non-public apply positioned among a fleet of tall, block residences about two miles east of the Dnipro River in Kyiv, whilst Dr. Serhii rationalized why he’s heading to temporarily go away Ukraine for, of all destinations, Rifle, Colorado.

“I want to meet as (lots of) people today as possible to request you to guidance our provider,” he claimed, calmly, in his very best English. “Just yesterday our medical machines for dentistry broke and we have to have $10,000 to substitute that.”

Grand River Wellness Group Relations Director Annick Pruett explained Dr. Serhii, who worked so closely with Cotter and Duehrssen, is slated to look at Grand River Health’s Colorado River Place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday. Grand River Health and fitness is situated at 501 Airport Road.

“He will be supplying an update on the problem there as effectively as an update on the new clinic they have developed,” she explained.

Serhii is director of a cellular clinic device. These rolling health-related bastions go to and serve the war’s front lines, correct now predominantly on the jap edges of the country. He has so significantly conducted about 60-65 clinics, each individual a person serving about 30 people today daily.

Provides are usually dwindling, he stated. Since Russia has changed its practices from a unsuccessful blitzkrieg approach to a brutal war of attrition, hospitals, educational institutions — even sites wherever they make pharmaceuticals — keep on to be targeted by extended-selection missiles.

“Because of war, Russians bombed two of the most important factories who produced treatment for Ukraine,” Dr. Serhii explained. “Right now, even if we have money, we can’t obtain it in Ukraine, for the reason that it’s not currently being made for Ukraine.”

Dr. Serhii Serdeniuk, remaining, throughout a training session in Ukraine in March 2022.
Submitted/Annick Pruett

Dr. Serhii grew far more animated as he ongoing to listing off even more professional medical wants. This includes everything and everything, from $20,000 for a new ultrasound device and a newer battery, to psychological medicines due to the fact anxiety amongst Ukrainians is now popular. As blackouts keep on, Dr. Serhii operates with a flashlight, occasionally even just candlelight. 

Just this week, Dr. Serhii would take a vehicle ride across Ukraine to Warsaw, Poland. From there, a flight to Munich, Germany. Then a flight from Munich to Frankfurt, Germany. From Frankfurt, Denver Global Airport. From DIA, the ascent alongside Interstate 70 to Rifle.

Dr. Serhii then became apprehensive. He does not want to leave for Colorado, he reported. He would fairly remain and enable as numerous men and women as he can. At this instant he also remembered the enable he acquired from foreign medical doctors, together with Cotter and Duehrssen.

“These definitely brave men, they introduced massive containers complete of health-related provides,” he stated.

Physicians Cotter and Duehrssen at the time joined Dr. Serhii on a go to to a Ukrainian village in close proximity to the Romanian border. A contingent of refugees had lately arrived from the war-torn city of Mariupol, one particular of the most intensely devastated metropolitan areas of the whole war so considerably. 

Dr. Serhii stated a single of the refugees, a 13-year-old boy, had been bleeding heavily from his nose for fifty percent an hour straight. With Dr. Cotter’s guidance, the bleeding stopped in 3 minutes, and the boy of about 110 pounds survived.

“Dr. Heath individually stopped the bleeding,” Dr. Serhii mentioned. “That was a miracle that he’d been there just in that second, when he was required mostly.

“When we stopped the bleeding, (the boy) commenced to vomit blood. We gathered 50 percent a liter of blood he swallowed right before.”

The past 11 months have certainly been everything but regular for Dr. Serhii, whose initially taste of war came when he was named up as a military doctor in 2015. When Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, Dr. Serhii moved his household from Kyiv to Germany, and they have given that come again.

He has food stuff, a roof more than his head and heat, he explained. Anything in Kyiv is “not so undesirable,” he joked facetiously. But he’s also misplaced much, including buddies.

“I shed,” he reported poignantly. He then sighed. “My mate, he was a colonel in the Ukrainian Army… Yeah, I shed a whole lot of persons.”

Dec. 21, 2022 marked a historical working day in United States’ historical past. It was the initial time, considering that British Key Minister Winston Churchill did it in 1941, that a foreign nationwide leader arrived to Washington to handle Congress. In his speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy explained that, despite ongoing help from the U.S., there however desires to be a lot more.

“Your guidance is essential, not just to stand in this sort of a fight, but to get to the turning place to gain on the battlefield,” he explained to Congress. “We have artillery, sure. We have it. Is it adequate? Fairly actually, not definitely.”

On a significantly scaled down variation, Dr. Serhii’s pay a visit to to Rifle is chock complete of the exact same intentions.

“I have just just one week to meet as lots of persons as attainable,” he reiterated. “Because I’ll be again Tuesday to Ukraine, and Wednesday we’ll go to Mykolaiv. It’s a metropolis on the shore of the Black Sea, and they bomb it each and every day. We guarantee the persons we will be there and provide them for 3 days.”

“I can’t miss out on this excursion.”

Post Independent western Garfield County reporter and Assistant Editor Ray K. Erku can be achieved at 612-423-5273 or [email protected]