Westporter Seeks Medical Help For Ukraine

Like many Westporters, Tatyana Hixson is horrified by the images and stories from Ukraine.

Soldiers and civilians of all ages have been injured — many severely — and need specialized care.

Tatyana is trying to do something about it. She’s got a business background, and is helping in a niche area: medical equipment.

For many years, she says, Big Dream Children’s Foundation helped Ukrainian children with disabilities. She is a good friend of co-founder Lena McMahan.

When the war began, the non-profit began supplying humanitarian and medical aid to anyone needing assistance. They’ve already found negative pressure wound machines, and sent them to Dnipro Medical Center.

But much more needs to be done.

Tatyana hopes to locate medical equipment like this:

  • External fixators, especially guided ones like Ilizarov Apparatus or Taylor Spatial Frame
  • LCP plates and Intramedullary nails (Interlocking and Elastic [TEN]) to treat fractures
  • Traction tables for operating rooms
  • Construction and equipment for spinal surgery
  • Cell saver for intraoperative blood salvage

I don’t know what any of that means. But there must be “06880” readers who do — or know someone with connections who does

The “06880” tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.” To help prove it, email Tatyana: kedr27@gmail.com. 

17-year-old Mikhail suffered blast wounds to his lower extremities while driving a truck during the war. He relies on specialized medical equipment to recover.

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