Russians carve swastika on forehead of POW: doctors help to remove traces of torture
Doctors of the Neopalymi project are helping a Ukrainian military get rid of a scar on his forehead in the form of a swastika, which was inflicted on him in captivity by the Russian occupiers
This was reported by the founders of the project, according to Espreso.
The photos of Serhiy, the hero of the Neopalymi project, reached more than 55,000 people within hours of their publication on Instagram. These photos are evidence of the torture carried out by Russians against the Ukrainian military.
Serhiy turned to the Neopalymi project with a swastika scar on his forehead. During his first visit, the hero recalled the words of the Russians: "If you were an Azov soldier, I would have dismembered you..."
This is only the beginning of the treatment, the fighter is expected to undergo several more procedures. However, after the first stage, we can see how the swastika mark has become less noticeable.
Photos of Serhiy's forehead before treatment, on the first day, fourth and sixth day after treatment
To get rid of the scars, Dr. Oleksandr Turkevych, one of the co-founders of the Neopalymi project, used a picosecond laser to resurface the scar and an erbium laser for the entire forehead.
Doctors working within the project say that Serhiy's story is one of thousands. Ukrainian soldiers in captivity have to endure atrocities and torture that leave both physical and psychological scars. That is why it is so important to share these stories so that no Russian crime is forgotten.
For reference. Neopalymi is a volunteer project that provides comprehensive treatment for military personnel, volunteers, civilians, and children who have suffered burns and scars as a result of military operations in Ukraine. The work is supported by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
Over the course of a year, Neopalymi has helped 150 Ukrainians recover. Treatment is available in over 30 clinics operating in 13 regions, as well as in Poland and Moldova.
Rehabilitation and treatment are provided free of charge to all Ukrainians who sustained deformational injuries during the war.
Ukrainian and international companies, organizations, businesses, and philanthropists raised UAH 36 million for the Unbroken Kids rehabilitation center in a few months.