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Medical supplies made from fish skin sent from Iceland to Ukraine

Thanks to the initiative of Anastiasiya Shyshlova, medical supplies from the Icelandic biotechnology company Kerecis have arrived in Ukraine, where they will be used to treat injuries resulting from burns, bombs and gunshots, Morgunblaðið reports. The products are made from cod skin in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords and are used worldwide for the treatment of wounds.

Anastasiya, one of Kerecis’ 200 employees, was born in Ukraine and raised in Canada. She lives in Iceland with her husband, originally from Belgium.

She has been following the situation in Ukraine closely for weeks and after experiencing anxiety and despair, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“The terrible situation in Ukraine, due to the invasion of Putin’s government, and the uncertainty about the future of the family, especially that of my grandfather, upset me,” she says. I was constantly looking for news and checking to see if the city I was born in was still doing well. I had no idea how to be helpful.

The invasion began on February 24 and soon after she heard about a Ukrainian doctor working in Belgium, Dr Ihor Vitenko. Hoping to help Ukrainians in the war against Russia, he had recently bought a van, which he loads with medical supplies and drives to Ukraine, where he works in hospitals in the combat zone and teaches doctors. locals the latest Western methods of wound treatment. With the help of her mother-in-law, Anastasiya was able to get in touch with the doctor.

“I told him that we shared this feeling of injustice and asked him if he had ever heard of or used medical products made from cod skin,” she said. “He said he didn’t, but seemed very interested.”

On Sunday, February 27, Anastasiya got the all-clear from Kerecis to get supplies to Belgium, and the next morning she boarded a plane for Amsterdam. From there, she drove a rental car to Belgium, where she delivered the medical supplies herself. She says she was received with gratitude and the doctor appreciated having the supplies delivered to her in person.

“Dr. Vitenko and I had a great conversation,” she notes, “and the phone kept ringing the whole time I was there. offer help.While I was talking to him, he was offered three ambulances to accompany him across the border into Ukraine.

The doctor left Belgium with the medical supplies the first week of March, heading for Poland. From there, he crossed the Ukrainian border, where Anastasiya hopes the supplies will prove useful.

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Joan J. Dean

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