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Serhii, a paramedic in Mariupol, worked a 22-day shift

Serhii Chornobryvets comes from the Dnipropetrovsk region. After training as a paramedic, he moved to Mariupol, where he joined the emergency medical services. On February 24, Serhii had the day off, but he went in and worked for 22 days straight. He went on calls, helped carry patients, gave injections, and inserted catheters. He managed to sleep for 4-5 hours.

The doctor lived through a great deal in this time. He saw the dead right on the street. He once had to explain to a woman that her daughter, lying on the ground, would not rise again. One day he rescued a girl whose heart was visible due to a shrapnel wound. Another time, a shell destroyed a house right in front of Serhii. The medic also helped evacuate women from the bombed maternity hospital.

On March 17, the man came across the Russian military. Serhii and several other medics had decided to leave: the roads carrying the wounded were cut off or destroyed, and there was almost no fuel. The journey to Zaporizhzhia took 25 hours for the medics (instead of the usual 4), with stops at checkpoints and searches by Russians who undressed the men to find pro-Ukrainian tattoos and searched through their phones.

Serhii has already settled into a new job in Zaporizhzhia. “We call that part of life ‘The Hell of Mariupol,’ because everything that is happening there, everything that you see there, cannot be called anything else. I dream that Mariupol will finally be recaptured. This is my home; I want to go back there. I really want it to be rebuilt. But most of all, I want the people who are still there, get out,” shared the medic.

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