Help Phil the PA Help Ukraine!

Help Phil the PA Help Ukraine!

From Philip Hennessey

I am training Ukrainians in combat casualty care/battlefield medicine, providing medical consults, and working to supply Ukrainians with speciality medical and surgical equipment as well as critically needed medications.

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Update #3

20 days ago

Hello! I apologize for the delay in updates! My involvement in this project seems to have grown into almost a full time job. However, I am working with an incredibly team of Ukrainians as well as other volunteers and helpers from around the world. We have a husband-and-wife doctor team from the United Kingdom, an accountant from Toronto, several former US Army paratroopers and former members of the South African Defense Forces doing supply runs into active combat zones, and me, Phil the PA, who is drinking out of a fire hydrant learning about the logistics of international surgical equipment shipping, customs paperwork, fundraising, and so many other topics I have had to master in the past two months.

Our current primary partner is the major trauma/orthopedic receiving hospital in Dnipro, Ukraine, which is the city closest to the front lines in Donbas in the east of the country. This hospital is seeing upwards of 100 new casualties a day, the vast majority of them surgical patients who will need to go to the operating room and who face long, complicated rehabilitation programs from gunshot wounds, artillery rounds, phosphorus burns (illegal to use in warfare in many countries), as well as the chronic diseases and malnourishment that many troops on the front line are facing. The chief trauma/orthopedic surgeon of the hospital has requested I find him some really expensive surgical equipment, so if you are able to donate for the first time, or make another donation, please consider putting it toward this cause! Your dollars will immediately save lives. I will also be able to post some pictures of the equipment being delivered as well as a thank you from the surgical staff!

I will try to post more regular updates - as always, Slava Ukraini and thanks for your support!

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Hello Friends! I am an American health care provider and for the last three months I have been assisting the Ukrainian people resist the Russian invasion of their country. I am primarily fundraising for highly specialized (see: expensive) medical equipment that hospitals and military medical units request that I source, purchase and deliver to them. I also provide medical training and consultations to Ukrainian military personnel, refugees, Ukrainian civilians and aid workers. Thus far I have totally self-funded my efforts, however, in order to continuing providing this support, I need your help! Donations will support: 1) my personal expenses related to this effort, 2) help purchase the medical equipment and medications listed on this page, and 3) provide further training opportunities to the Ukrainian and allied personnel I am assisting. I have full transparency about expenses and exactly where your donations will be going. If you would like to direct your donation to the purchase of a specific item please send me a note! Also, if you are able to provide any of the medical items directly, please contact me as we can arrange for the items to be picked up and shipped to Ukraine at no cost to you!

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Philip Hennessey posted a new update:
20 days ago

Update #4

Hello! I apologize for the delay in updates! My involvement in this project seems to have grown into almost a full time job. However, I am working with an incredibly team of Ukrainians as well as other volunteers and helpers from around the world. We have a husband-and-wife doctor team from the United Kingdom, an accountant from Toronto, several former US Army paratroopers and former members of the South African Defense Forces doing supply runs into active combat zones, and me, Phil the PA, who is drinking out of a fire hydrant learning about the logistics of international surgical equipment shipping, customs paperwork, fundraising, and so many other topics I have had to master in the past two months.

Our current primary partner is the major trauma/orthopedic receiving hospital in Dnipro, Ukraine, which is the city closest to the front lines in Donbas in the east of the country. This hospital is seeing upwards of 100 new casualties a day, the vast majority of them surgical patients who will need to go to the operating room and who face long, complicated rehabilitation programs from gunshot wounds, artillery rounds, phosphorus burns (illegal to use in warfare in many countries), as well as the chronic diseases and malnourishment that many troops on the front line are facing. The chief trauma/orthopedic surgeon of the hospital has requested I find him some really expensive surgical equipment, so if you are able to donate for the first time, or make another donation, please consider putting it toward this cause! Your dollars will immediately save lives. I will also be able to post some pictures of the equipment being delivered as well as a thank you from the surgical staff!

I will try to post more regular updates - as always, Slava Ukraini and thanks for your support!

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Philip Hennessey posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Slava Ukraini!

Hey everybody! My apologies for not updating this more regularly. The past several weeks have been a whirlwind - what started as a small endeavor to help refugees has blossomed into something much bigger, more demanding and time consuming. Through a very circuitous route, I'm now volunteering in the realm of medication sourcing and supply for civilian hospitals, humanitarian aid organizations and nonprofits operating in Ukraine. I've had no experience with this type of thing previously, but it has become intensely meaningful work, albeit with a steep learning curve. And I am happy to report that our first shipments of medications have started entering Ukraine.

The first batches are headed straight for the east, specifically the city of Severodonetsk, where the fighting is most intense right now and which both sides are anticipating a hard fight out. News reports and on the ground information are reporting that casualties on both sides are high, so the arrival of critical care medications and medications used in trauma surgery are truly life-saving drugs.

Thanks everybody so much for all of the support! I am hoping to post more regular updates from here on out. The biggest thing you can do to be of assistance is continue to post this page to your friends, family and anybody else who cares about assisting the Ukrainian people.

Heroim Slava!

-Phil

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Philip Hennessey posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

I am currently in a country bordering Ukraine working with our team on logistics and planning our next medical training "mission". Due to security concerns I can't post live updates of my location and the specific details of where I will be and what we are doing, but stay tuned for some pictures and hopefully videos when I can safely share with you all!

Two concerns are on my mind: First, the warming weather here in eastern Europe means that refugees are at risk for contracting infectious diseases which are not common outside of disaster/war settings. The huge number of refugees crossing international borders through a limited number of entry points/bus lines/rail lines, overcrowding in shelters, and general lack of access to primary care for the last several months are all risk factors for communicable disease outbreaks.

Second, yesterday (based on Ukrainian media reporting) the Ukrainian army began a major counterattack and offensive in the Kharkiv area. This, combined with the already heavy fighting in the Donbas area, means another potential huge wave of casualties, especially in the eastern part of country near the main fronts. The impending casualty surge means that the delivery of our medical training is even more urgent. It looks like we will be starting another round of training later next week, so your contributions are already having an immediate impact!

Slava Ukraini,

Phil

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