In theevening of October 5, 2012, Nikita, 11 y.o.,returned home from the judo training. The path laid, as usual, across the railroad tracks, so familiar to the boy. But this evening, a terrible disaster overtook Nikita. A passing train knocked him without leaving seemingly no chance for living.
Immediately, an ambulance arrived on the scene. On the way to the nearest hospital (it was happened in the Moscow region) Nikita’s heart stopped three times, and the doctors again and again without dropping hands, fought for his life. Within a few hours after the injury, a reanimobile transferred the boy to the Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology, where, urgently , the child was raised into the operating room and under urgent indications he was made craniotomy with removal of a huge hematoma. The operation was successful, but the hardest was in future.
Within two weeks, the doctors continued to fight for the life of the child, who was in the extremely grave condition balanced between life and death. Once the vital functions have been stabilized, there were launched early rehabilitation activities in the intensive care unit. Physiotherapy and exercise therapy specialists worked with resuscitation in time to prevent various complications associated with post-traumatic period. Experts of psychological and educational services, at the time, helped the kid’s daddy to cope with the shock and provided his support.
On the sixteenth day, Nikita came out of the coma. To eighteen days, he had already performed simple requests of doctors - to open his eyes or shake a hand. On the twenty-first day, the child started breathing on their own, without the help of iron lung.
Intwenty-five days, Nikita was transferred to the intensive care of the neurosurgery department, where doctors- therapists in conjunction with the neurosurgeons were able to expand the scope of rehabilitation measures. After all, when the life of Nikita has no danger, he needed help to recover.
The boy was still very weak, the level of his consciousness remained very low, he could hardly understand speech addressed to him, only the most simple requests. The child could not speak, eat independently. Hand and foot on the right side completely refused to move, the boy could not even lift his head and sit down. Nikita had to re-learn how to live, and the task of the doctors and the entire rehabilitation team was to help him.
In six weeks after the injury, neurosurgeons successfully conducted reconstructive surgery to close a large bone defect of the skull, which contributed to the further successful recovery of the child.
Through persistence and the incredible work with the help of specialists of physical therapy, massage therapists and physiotherapists, Nikita studied first to keep his head, then rolling over in bed, sitting, standing, and then taking the first steps.
Experts of psychological and educational services, again, taught the boy to swallow, speak, understand speech, to communicate with others, enjoy life. They trained his memory and attention, provided assistance and support in adapting to independence.
A huge role, in the recovery of his son, was played by the father, who was able to join in the process of rehabilitation of Nikita, exactly fulfilling the recommendations of experts.
After being discharged home, Nikita, during the year, was under the close supervision of experts of the Research Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology - neurosurgeons and rehabilitators. During this year, he spent a few steps inpatient rehabilitation, in which each time a rate of remediation was adjusted, depending on the child's condition. The entire interdisciplinary team, including physicians, rehabilitation specialists and dad, step by step were achieving a goal - restoring movement of the child, his speech, memory and attention.
Currently, Nikita goes to school with the other children, he plays football with his dad and sister in the free time, swims in the pool, making plans for the future and knows how to enjoy life, no matter what. The child needs regular consultations and classes of a psychologist and a neuropsychologist and periodic rehabilitation.
In a joint charity campaign of the Foundation for assistance in providing medical and social rehabilitation and care for children with severe trauma and its consequences (The Fund of Children's Dr. Roshal) and Johnson'®s Baby companycollected funds for the rehabilitation of children in the Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology affected by severe injury. Nikita, under this campaign, had the next course of rehabilitation at the Research Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology.