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‘Total torture’: Sick Ukrainians Gasp for oxygen during blackouts

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KYIV: Valentyn Mozgovy His ventilator must be powered so that he can breathe. Ukraine’s Blackouts are now a matter for life and death.
Regular Power outages are caused by Russian Missile strikes have terrorized tens and thousands Ukrainians Patients who depend on electricity to power their medical equipment.
Mozgovy Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative neurological condition that renders a person paralysed and unable or unwilling to breathe on his own.
“He is alive, you see. That means I figured it out,” His wife, Lyudmyla Mozgova, spoke to AFP from their apartment in the capital Kyiv.
Next Her husband was covered in a patterned duvet and a medically-adapted bed. His face was barely visible below the ventilator.
The Mozgovys We have come a long distance since the first prolonged blackout following the targeted strike on energy infrastructure. October.
Valentyn He had to breath on his own for ten minutes.
“The way he breathed was scary… we had no clue what to do!” His wife stated.
As Outages became the norm. Mozgovys adapted.
“His body doesn’t move, but his mind is very bright, he gives a lot of advice… he is our captain,” She said.
She Set up a power storage and additional batteries for her husband’s medical mattress and respiratory unit — which regulates pressure for bedridden patients.
Constant Anxiety
However They have been prepared but their situation is not stable.
“I wish there was a bit of stability, so we could understand when there will be electricity… to make a decision on how to cope.”
Mozgova Realizes how fortunate she is to be able afford the equipment that will keep her husband alive.
“It was very expensive, our children helped us… I don’t even know what advice to give to those who don’t have money,” She said.
In UkraineExplained: Tens of thousands require electricity to keep them alive. Iryna KoshkinaThe executive director of SVOYI, a charity that provides palliative patient care.
“If all these people were suddenly unable to use their life-saving devices and went to the hospital at the same time, our medical system would simply break.”
Tetyana Venglinska She couldn’t help but hospitalize her mother of 75 years. EvaAfter three months of exhausting outages, I am finally able to breathe again.
EvaA woman has been diagnosed as having lung cancer. She needs to be connected with a device that delivers additional oxygen at all times. Tetyana She explained as she sat on the corner of her mother’s bed in a Kyiv hospice.
To To ensure that the oxygen concentrator’s battery would be able to withstand the endless outages at home the family had the ability to reduce the oxygen it supplied.
“For my mom, it was total torture,” Venglinska said.
“Imagine cutting your oxygen intake three times.”
‘Drink Victory is possible
The The battery could last for up to eight hours. This left the family in constant anxiety.
“(My husband) was afraid to enter her room every time, he didn’t know if my mom was alive… or if she had suffocated,” Venglinska said.
On The night of December 17: The outage lasted longer than normal at 10 hours.
With All power sources exhausted. There are still 40 minutes on the battery of the respirator. Tetyana She was taken to the hospital by a private ambulance.
The This was a crucial decision that saved my life. Venglinska’s For the next four days, power was out at home.
“She would have died for sure,” Venglinska said.
Since then, Tetyana She spent the majority of her time at clinic caring for her mother who is bedridden.
Her The husband stayed in the flat where he cares for her 85-year old father.
“I want to go home as soon as possible,” Venglinska said. “Our family is separated.”
Back The Mozgovy home, Lyudmyla He also hopes for better days.
“We will definitely drink to victory… Valentyn will do it his way, through a straw, and I’ll pour myself one.”
“And (the drink) won’t be weak!” She laughs.

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