A Ukrainian doctor in Ostrava helps refugees and fears for his parents every day

Updates: 21.03.2022 14:32

Ostrava – Tetjana Prochorenková, a 35-year-old Ukrainian, lived a happy life in the Czech Republic for more than three years before the outbreak of war. But the war changed everything. A qualified doctor who helps maintain medical records for insurance companies at the Municipal Hospital in Ostrava has been worrying about his parents every day for a month. They don’t want to leave the war-torn country, she told ČTK.

“My family, my father and my mother, live in the south of Ukraine. They are there all their life and do not want to leave. They have their house and their garden, they live there all their life and they cannot move nowhere, they are deeply rooted there. I offered them to come here, but they don’t want that,” Prochorenková said. Therefore, they try to be in frequent telephone contact with their parents, they regularly write an SMS and make phone calls at least twice a day. “We can’t talk for long, it’s forbidden. They can’t say anything about what’s going on. I’m the only one who can tell their voice what it is. It’s important to me that mum and dad have water and food, just provisions.” where they hide because they have their own house. It seems a bit safer to me than if they lived in an apartment,” Prochorenková described.

She moved to Ostrava with her one-year-old husband and two children 3.5 years ago from the Dnipro. Her husband Andrej works as a doctor in the ARO department, Maria, eight, is in the second year of primary school and Michal, six, will start first year in September. The family moved specifically to the Czech Republic, because they love the country very much. “We had several talks all over the Czech Republic and we had a good offer right here in the hospital in Ostrava. The most important thing was that we could take our children and that we didn’t have to leave them in Ukraine. with my grandmother. At the time we came here, a group of children worked here, so the children also coped well with the adaptation, “recalls Prochorenková, who began to learn the basics of Czech in Ukraine and, after moving to Ostrava, also took preparatory courses for doctors.

“I started working here in a geriatric station and the fact is that I communicated a lot. They were different stories, I spoke to both patients and colleagues, so I had to learn. It’s a victory for me to be able to do that.” she said. He can now use his language skills to help his compatriots. She helps the hospital as an interpreter and is available to her colleagues 24 hours a day on a special telephone line. So far he has made two to three phone calls a day and is helping break down the language barrier, which can heighten the anxieties of people fleeing war. For example, she reassured a Ukrainian mother whose child had been treated in the children’s ward and could not eat or drink because of the examination, which the woman could not understand.

But Prochorenkova, along with other Ukrainian colleagues and hospital staff, also helped organize humanitarian aid for Ukrainian doctors. “When it broke out, we had to react. The number of injured is increasing and our Ukrainian colleagues continue to tell us what they need. I know that people from all over the Czech Republic donate food and other things , but it was important for us to prepare medical supplies and other things that could help colleagues. We passed it on to kyiv and the Dnieper, everything happened there. We thank our colleagues very much, they have a big heart. I didn’t know that I have so many good people around me,” said Prochorenková, who also helps refugees. in private. She and her husband have taken in two adult daughters, close to her godparents, and they are helping other refugees with the necessary documents.

“The biggest problem for these people is the move, the change that they have to leave their home. People don’t make their decision like me when I moved. I wanted and needed change, I was motivated. These people also have motivation, but it’s “They don’t leave for education or for other reasons, but because they are afraid for their children, they are afraid not to survive the war,” Prochorenkova said. According to her, Ukrainians are adaptable and not afraid to work.

She doesn’t want to leave the Czech Republic anymore, she is currently finishing another university where she is studying health management. “I see my future in the Czech Republic, we like it very much here. The children are happy, the husband too. He can do his job, which he devotes a lot of time to, and he continues to study, he wants to get a certificate. I don’t have an exam anymore, just a diploma thesis and a stateswoman.”

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