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SVETLANA


Svetlana and doctor Glinka

We remember Svetlana as a radiant and defenseless woman, worried about the future of her children. It would be hard to describe the courage with which she faced the imminent end of her life. She died in Apri12002 and left five young children, who live in Lviv.


Svetlana's children


Admission to the hospice

Svetlana was from Lviv. She was admitted to our hospice with cervical cancer. Tests had shown that further treatment of the disease would be useless - the tumors had spread too far. She missed her husband and children, but because of the lack of money in her home in Lviv, she decided to stay in our hospice.

SASHA LEBEDIUK

Sasha celebrated his thirtieth and, as it turned out, his last birthday in our hospice. The metastases from his cancer had spread to practically all his organs. He refused for a long time to accept the facts about his condition. Sasha tried to be as active as possible and made friends with all of our staff. They loved him, brought him his favorite dishes and helped him to keep doing the things he liked. Sasha was a chauffeur by profession and loved to talk about cars. He also enjoyed music.

The happiest day in Sasha's short life was probably when all his companions and friends, whom he had not seen since before his illness, gathered together in our hospice. He left a twin sister, who was very close to him. Sasha will be long remembered.

SASHA KHUDYAKOV

Sasha was one of our best - loved patients. Our ambulatory service discovered him living in very bad conditions - there was no food in the house and all the furniture was damaged.

It turned out that Sasha had received two university educations - in physics and in history - but for some reason had not found a place to apply his talents.


Sasha's Birthday

He had cancer of the throat, so that a straw had been inserted in his windpipe, and it was hard for him to speak. So we conversed with him by means of written notes. He was very worried about his old blind mother, whom he kept visiting even while was in the hospice, despite his own condition.

Sasha had many ideas he wanted to develop, especially about physics - he kept writing to his former colleagues, hoping to publish articles, and expecting they would come and visit him. Unfortunately, none of them came.

Knowing what a sociable person Sasha was, we tried to spend as much time with him as possible. You can see a party we threw for him on the photograph.

Once at the weekend the nurse on duty phoned and said that Sasha, while watching TV, had suddenly asked to be driven somewhere. It turned out that he had won the equivalent of $5 in a TV lottery and wanted to give the money to his mother. That was the last meeting of mother and son.

Sasha died in September 2001. He was 48 years old. Many of our nurses and staff wept when he left us.

STASIK

Stasik was the first patient who came to us from a home for the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately, cancer patients who have been diagnosed with a mental illness receive practically no help in Ukraine and Russia. Stasik suffers from cancer of the bladder and only his symptoms can be treated in our hospice.

All the nurses and staff love Stasik. He likes to spend his time watching cartoons, pretending to drive car and counting aloud. He has trouble speaking, so he greets a doctor in the way you can see on the photograph.

Stasik is alive and waiting for another stay in our hospice.


Patient Stasik and doctor Glinka


Patient Stasik and nurse Lena

MIKHAIL NEVERITSKY

Misha Neveritsky died in January. This remarkable man was the heart and soul of our hospice. He possessed qualities which are so rare in our time - goodness and simplicity, he was one of those of whom it was said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." If we were to judge by human standards, he didn't have time to achieve much in this life, since he died two months before his thirtieth birthday. He didn't have a family of his own or a profession. But God decided to take this wonderful person to himself.

Until his final minutes Misha worried about his mother and begged us not to abandon her. He was like a child, and we remember that innocence, goodness and simplicity, qualities which are especially associated with children, lead to the Kingdom of God. May he always be remembered.

ALEKSANDR GRIGORIEV

Sasha was 36 years old when he died. His path in life was a difficult and tragic one. The police brought him to our hospice. Sasha had been in jail, and was the victim of fraud when he sold his apartment. He finished up on the street with no money, and his relatives had turned away from him. He enjoyed living with us and quickly adapted to the new conditions, but still dreamt about the free life of a tramp.The hospice buried him with the help of a friend, a former fellow-prisoner. Sasha had an address-book full of names, but none of those people responded to him.

Remember the bandit who was crucified next to Christ, and who asked him, "Please Lord, remember me, when you come into your kingdom." The Saviour answered him, "Truly I say unto you, this day you will be with me in Paradise." The ways of the Lord are mysterious and he saves people in different ways. We believe that in his compassion he led Sasha by this way of thorns, so as to bring him to his Kingdom. May he always be remembered.

 
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