16:33 May. 28, 2016
12-year-old Mykola Nyzhnykovskyi is being rehabilitated in Canada
A boy whose legs and right arm were blown off when he stepped on a grenade in eastern Ukraine is once again walking unaided, thanks to a Canadian humanitarian mission and a hospital in Montreal.
Mykola Nyzhnykovskyi, now 12, was playing with his four-year-old brother Danylo and a few friends in a field in his village in Donetsk region last August, when they came across the rocket-propelled grenade. A friend pushed Mykola toward the device and he stepped on it. Danylo was killed in the blast.
Ukrainian doctors tried to help Mykola but they lacked the necessary expertise and equipment.
When Ukrainian-Canadian physician Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn and a team of nearly two-dozen volunteers heard of the little boy's ordeal, they decided to help.
The medical professionals were in Ukraine on a Canada-Ukraine Foundation mission funded partially by the Canadian government, operating on Ukrainian soldiers wounded in the ongoing war with Russian soldiers and separatists.
Mykola was given treatment for his facial injuries at a military hospital in Kiev, and then the foundation arranged for further treatment at the Canada Shriners Hospital in Montreal.