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Dnipro hospital says it has received 29,000 injured soldiers since start of full-scale war

by The Kyiv Independent news desk June 11, 2024 6:46 AM 1 min read
A patient receives treatment in the emergency room at Mechnikov Hospital in Dnipro, Ukraine, on May 10, 2024. (Asami Terajima/The Kyiv Independent)
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Mechinkov Hospital, a regional medical center in the city of Dnipro that treats front-line soldiers from Donbas, has received around 29,000 injured troops since the start of the full-scale war, hospital director Sergii Ryzhenko told the Kyiv Independent.

The 200-year-old Mechinkov Hospital is known for treating the most complex injuries, and many of the doctors and nurses working there since Russia invaded Donbas in 2014.

The facility receives about 50 soldiers per day, doctors told the Kyiv Independent. Around 82% of the wounded arrive unconscious. According to the hospital's own figures, 95% of these injured soldiers have been kept alive.

The demand for medical care has skyrocketed since the beginning of the full-scale war in 2022.

Only one to five soldiers arrived at Mechnikov Hospital per day between 2014 and 2022, Ryzhenko told the Kyiv Independent. The hospital treated over 3,000 soldiers in the first eight years of the war.

Ryzhenko still performs surgeries himself and said that staffing needs at the hospital are growing increasingly urgent as medical personnel face burnout and exhaustion.

At Ukraine’s key hospital for wounded soldiers, surgeons work non-stop to save lives
Most soldiers are unconscious by the time they arrive at Mechnikov Hospital, the main gateway for the wounded fighting in Donbas. Located in Dnipro, a city of 1 million people 185 kilometers west of the front line, the massive Soviet-era medical facility works around the clock to save as
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