Roman Kubishkin, a 41 year-old construction worker, joined the volunteer battalion Right Sector and was based in Pisky, a village near the remains of the Donetsk International Airport.
Shells fired by Russian supported separatist forces on January 22, 2015 nearly killed him; in fact, his fellow soldiers thought he was dead due to a severe head trauma in which Roman lost much of the right side of his brain.
“Sixteen clinics refused to take Roman because his condition was severely critical. Nodus was the only one,” said his mother Iryna. Roman is cared for at Nodus, a modern
neurological and neurosurgical rehabilitation center located in Brovary, outside of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. His monthly care costs approximately 70-80,000 UAH, ($3,000 – $3,300), which is largely funded by donations and volunteers.
“In the past 3 months my son has gained 10 kg and his face and body look completely different. He looks almost like a healthy person”, says Roman’s mother. Roman has completely lost the ability to move and communicate. At times he can carry out basic commands such as squeezing a hand or blinking two times in a row that illustrate that he recognizes a person who is looking at him.
In the photograph he is fastened and raised into a vertical position to rehabilitate his feeling of space and balance. This helps stimulate his brain to begin communicating with his body. Roman breathes through a tube in his neck and he is fed through another tube that carries food directly into his stomach.
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A photograph of Roman before he was wounded.