Last week, the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital launched its monthly mission quite unusually. It was not because the PFVMH delivered a lot of flu vaccine and books for a hospital library to Eastern Ukraine along with the fresh team of volunteer medics – after all, they developed a pattern of not coming there “empty-handed.” This time, however, PFVMH Executive Director Tamila Danikevska and Vice President for Logistics Ihor Buyvol were joined by playwright, scenarist and curator Natalia Vorozhbyt – the Cyborgs blockbuster screenplay author.
Together with Tamila, Ihor and a couple of Livy Bereh journalists, Natalia brought the doctors who were leaving for home to trains, as well as met those who came for the mission and drove them to hospitals. During the week, she visited hospitals in Popasna, Novoaydar, Schastya and Stanytsya Luhanska, aid stations of military units where PFVMH medical evacuation teams worked, and check points. She spent nights in hospitals and talked with volunteer medics.
Having returned to Kyiv, she shared her impressions of the trip on Facebook: “I spent last week … among extraordinary people…”
Why does the playwright go east? Why did she go there with the PFVMH the last time? Natalia herself answers these and other questions.