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Olexandr, 25, Dnipropetrovsk region

Wounded near Debaltseve, shrapnel injuries of the foot, 75% of calcaneus is lost

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Olexandr, 25, Dnipropetrovsk region

Wounded near Debaltseve, shrapnel injuries of the foot, 75% of calcaneus is lost



Olexandr, 25, paratrooper wounded near Debaltseve


Left foot: Heavy shrapnel injuries of the foot, 75% of calcaneus is lost

Required treatment

Reconstructive and restorative treatment of the foot using cellular technology
Treatment of this case with traditional methods do not exist (prosthesis are of no use), unless Olexandr is treated with stem cell technology his foot will not be able to support weight and he will be permanently disabled.
Treatment takes about two months and will include up to four operations.

Olexandr’s injury is one of the most technologically complicated cases in our project. The soldier needs gradual movement of the remaining heel bone fragments to their normal position, correction of forefoot dislocation and creation of a free flap for normal blood circulation and sensitivity of the foot. It will be used for plastic surgery for a flap transplant.

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The cost of treatment: 566 446 UAH
Medical Center discount: 40,09%
Special Price: 339 347 UAH

List of services included in the treatment:
Diagnosis and examination: 3405 UAH
Surface preparation: 42020 UAH
Collection of material production and preparation of cellular material carrier: 191325 UAH
Treatment of heel bone defect: 35100 UAH
Drug and post surgical care: 67497 UAH

More about the patient

Olexandr is a fighter of the 25th Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade, who was wounded on September 6, near Debaltseve. The Ukrainian army convoy was on its way to Shchastya, but was ambushed by the enemy. Because of massive fire from RPGs many of Olexandr’s brothers-in-arms were injured or killed. Olexandr received burns, concussion and numerous injuries to his hands and feet. The vehicle, which Olexandr was passenger in, burned completely.

Unconscious, the soldier was immediately put into the nearest ditch, and the shootout lasted for a long time. Even the ambulance, which carried Olexandr barely escaped from the fire. Since then, the soldier has had 17 operations because of infection developing in his wounds. There was even a threat of amputation. One of the major bones of his foot – the calcaneus was almost completely shattered, and can not be restored with conventional treatment.
Therefore, to help the hero not only doctors and volunteers, but also journalists got involved – they had to “dig” through a lot of treatment options until they found out about the possibility of restoring bone using stem cell technology as part of the “Bioengineering rehabilitation for wounded”.

The soldier was mobilized on March 23, and during that time managed to take part in many ATO operations – the combat assault of Sloviansk, Shakhtarsk, Savur-Mohyla and other settlements. The fighter still gets very emotional when he remembers his dead comrades. Since combat operations began only a quarter of his crew have survived, most of the soldiers were killed during the capture of the strategic point – Savur-Mohyla.

Olexandr was born in Dnipropetrovsk, from Novostroyivkа (Tsarychanskyy region ). His mother and sister are now waiting for him there. In peacetime, Olexandr worked in the local unit of the penitentiary service, where he went after military service.

Our joint help is the only way to give this hero a normal life, and express gratitude for his many feats!

Plaster splint removed


According to doctor recommendation, the hero is starting to work out his restored foot.

The second X-ray examination


3 months later, active regeneration of the bone tissue continues.

The first X-ray examination


1,5 months after the original surgery, the image shows generation of new bone tissue at the defect site.

The apparatus was demounted


The apparatus was demounted and a plaster bandage was applied.

Postoperative care


Postoperative care in the medical centre

The main stage surgical treatment


Was performed replacement of calcaneum defect by injecting of cell-tissue material in the form of bone fragment



Examination prior basic treatment stage


Scar on the foot was treated by means of cellular material

The fourth operation


With the help of regular and cellular technologies there was performed preparation of soft tissues for transplantation (during the treatment of the fighter, which was carried out before his participation in the project, foot fabrics suffered pronounced cicatricial degeneration, which created unfavourable conditions for introduction of cell-tissue material).

Intermediate results of treatment


Restored position of the calcaneus

The third operation


Installation of the device of external fixation “foot-leg” and immobilization of the injured foot by a plaster bandage. The purpose of the operation – preparation of the soft tissue for the introduction of cell-tissue material

The second operation


Reinstallation of the device

The first operation


Sampling of the material, installation of the device

Sampling of the material, installation of the device


Examination, preparation for the operation

Chronology of treatment

Control checks

Febryaru – May of 2016

control checks and observations, the soldier returned to normal life

Additional surgery

January of 2016

cutting of the retracted scar on the dorsum of the shin ankle joint with the plastics of the skin defect

Control checks

July – September of 2015

control checks and observations, observations for the results of the bone restoring

3rd Stage of treatment

June of 2015

displacement of the calcaneus defect with theuse of 3D-gel with chips of octeoplastic material and autologous stem cells

2nd Stage of treatment

March of 2015

overcoming the inflammatory processes and plastics of the soft tissues of the foot

1st Stage of treatment

January – February of 2015

• Cellular material sampling of the red bone marrow from the ilium and a fragment of the periosteum of the calf-bone
• displacement of the calcaneus into physiological position with the use of external fixation of Ilizarov Apparatus

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