Safina (mother of Daniil) – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiple skull fractures
(Institut Guttmann- Guttmann Institute)
They hit my son savagely and as a result, he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiple skull fractures. He was in a coma for 11 months.
Daniil started rehabilitation at the Institut Guttmann (Guttmann Institute) 2 months ago. He is progressing quickly, he can now say some words and he is working through the cognitive problems using a computer.
It was very nice to discover that the doctor who was treating us spoke our language, which is an enormous plus which helps you a lot in your dealings and in daily tasks. As well as that she is a true professional, always very attentive and very human. She knows what she’s doing.
A year and a half after receiving the trauma, Daniil has improved a lot, he is responding well, the truth is that his development is getting better and for that reason I think he can go further.
Our main objective is to improve his cognitive functions and the most important thing is that he will be able to start to talk.
To all the personnel at this marvellous hospital: I truly wish that you keep on doing the great job that you are doing, returning life, illusion and health to your patients.
I really appreciate all your efforts and I am sure that in the end, thanks to everyone, we will achieve our goal. Thank you!
I.Batysheva (mother of Maxim) – serious neck injury and implantation of diaphragmatic pacemaker (Institut Guttmann – Guttmann Institute)
In May 2011 there was an accident in the north of Buryatia. The car was going very fast, it was doing more than 100 km/h and it ran over two children. One of them died immediately. For over two and a half years we were searching for clinics which could implant the pacemaker because in Russia these kinds of operations don’t take place.
Doctor Joan Vidal (Head of the spinal injury unit at the Institut Guttmann): “The case of Maxim is probably one of the most serious neck injuries that could happen to a child after suffering an accident. He’s a child who because of his injury being so high up will depend on mechanical ventilation for the rest of his life. He can’t breathe for himself, and the possibility in this case of implanting a diaphragmatic pacemaker which will allow him to progressively break free from the dependence on the ventilator is probably one of the most interesting successes that we could give to this kind of patient.”
Now he has much more mobility, we can take the wheelchair and go for a walk. And this for us is the main thing.
As well as that, the truth is we are tired of the machine, the tubes and the cables.
Right now Maxim can breathe on his own for an hour, and each time he will be able to breathe for longer. He doesn’t always need a machine to breathe, and this will help him to have a more independent life.
I want to thank everyone for the treatment we have received and the doctors, for the excellent operation. We have many photos of happy moments. The personnel are so happy, and so united. Maxim loves them very much and they love him too. Thank you!