My name is Anton Novytskyi. I would like to kindly ask you for help to Pay my Medical Bills. I was seriously injured 10 years ago and diagnosed with - quadriparesis caused by fracture-dislocation of C5 vertebra, dislocation of C3 vertebra. Simply put - a small piece broke off my vertebra and damaged the spinal cord, which stopped the passage of the signals from my brain to the body.
I was a Permanent Resident of the United States, lived in North Port, Florida. In April 2011, I went to Ukraine to help my cousin, Oksana Yanovska, to build her house. I had 5 years of experience working on constructions in the United States so I worked as a foreman in Ukraine.
On July 24 of 2011, being 25 years old - I had an Unexpected Accident which caused complete paralysis of my body. Further treatment was impossible due to the lack of professional and inexpensive rehabilitation centers in Ukraine at the time. I was forced to begin to rebuild my body on my own. From the point I could barely breathe and talk - to the point I was able to sit in the wheelchair and watch TV, - it took me about a year and a half. For the next 5 years I was spending more than 4 hours everyday - practicing with various bioenergetics and rehabilitation specialists, doctors of Southern Medicine from Korea, who performed acupuncture therapy, so that my body begins to respond to pain and touch again. Sometimes I was bleeding from my nose or my body temperature was rising up to 105 degrees after such exercises, but I was unstoppable, I really wanted to walk again. In 2018 I was first admitted to the Modrici Rehabilitation Center in Ukraine where I was given a final diagnosis which meant that I would never be able to walk again.
I spent almost 8 years for nothing, but my biggest frustration was not the fact that I'm not going to be able to work again, but my expired US Permanent Resident Card in 2016. I found myself in a wheelchair, stuck in the poor, underdeveloped country, with no way to go to work and provide for myself.
Firstly, the day-to-day grind of life in Ukrainian cities is no place for people with disabilities. Even the capital Kyiv is not adapted to cater to people with disabilities. The lack of basic ramps, elevators, lowered curbs and other minimum requirements makes people with disabilities unwitting prisoners in their own homes. The second facet stems from Soviet Union tradition – when it comes to disability – hide the problem, do nothing to solve it. People with disabilities in Ukraine are still perceived by society sometimes with fear and negativity. Discrimination and misunderstanding still prevail in the realm of official employment of people with disabilities. The walls of their homes become their world until the end of their lives.
I did not lose my head and started my own online business in the field of e-commerce. In a short time in my life a miracle happened. I met the love of my life, a beautiful girl named Victoria. But my mother, Olga Babchuk, and the whole family on her part, for some unknown reason didn't like my decision to live together with Victoria (very common story of Ukrainian families, when the mother-in-law does not like or accept the daughter-in-law). My mother, who lived in the United States since 2004, helped me financially and for 10 years always promised to assist in obtaining the documents required for my return to the United States - suddenly stopped her support. Most relatives on my mother's side stood up against me and Victoria, after all my suffering, they tried to break me and to separate us. They also start spreading rumours that I am mentally ill.
This fact broke my heart! It is the main reason I decided to ask for help. Victoria is helping me tremendously with my everyday life being a good supportive girlfriend. Also, she took over all the nursing responsibilities, which is a very hard job. We have two beautiful kids who are also helping us with daily affairs. Currently, I have my small online business and I work as a freelance translator from Russian/Ukrainian to English, and vice versa. I'm learning "back end development" to make money in the internet technologies industry. I'm doing this with two fingers, because my hands are not working properly at all. And I'm not going to stop.
But at the moment my income is not enough to support my livelihood. I have to pay my medical and rehabilitation bills, pay rent and utilities, pay the guys who help to move my body from the bed to the wheelchair (still can't afford a hoist lift). And now I have to pay my immigration lawyer to fight for our way back to the US. My biggest dream is to take my family to a better life in the United States.
Approximately, I spend $35,000 per year for all my medical and family expenses. I never go on vacations, I have to work continuously for our future. I was always helping random people, without reward. Now I need a little help, my friends, to regroup and start moving forward.
Thank you for reading. And thank you in advance for your help. God bless you all.
Kind regards - Anton Novytskyi.