Heroic Odesa resident treats injured despite his own wounds

Ihor Nakhaba
Ihor Nakhaba

An Odesa resident, Ihor Nakhaba, provided critical first aid to victims of a deadly Russian missile attack on the city, despite being wounded himself, the Pre-hospital focused Ukrainian Life Saving Effort (PULSE) charitable foundation reported.

Nakhaba, who had just completed first aid training provided by PULSE a day before the April 29 attack, immediately applied his new skills under dire circumstances. He utilized direct pressure techniques to assist those injured by the strike, even though he had sustained shrapnel wounds to his upper thigh.

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“On Sunday, our instructors held a bleeding control training in Odesa, and Ihor was in the group. In less than 24 hours, his skills were put to the severe test when a Russian ballistic missile hit civilians walking by the sea in the afternoon,” explained Fedir Serdyuk, co-founder of PULSE.

"This is a vivid example of the importance of learning and teaching first aid,” Serdyuk added, highlighting the crucial need for such skills in the current hostile environment.

On April 29, a Russian missile attack on the International Humanitarian University, popularly known as "Harry Potter Castle," in the southern Ukrainian port of Odesa, killed five people, including Vice Rector Borys Vasyliev, and injured 32 others.

According to local officials, 23 of the 32 injured remain hospitalized, including 8 in serious condition. Serhii Kivalov, the academy's president and a former Ukrainian MP, was also injured.

On the same day, Ukrainian military spokesperson Dmytro Pletenchuk said that Russian forces attacked Odesa with a shrapnel-laden missile specifically designed to maximize human casualties.

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