Mentoring Mykola, an 11 Year-old boy who lost his legs and arm in Ukraine when he found an RPG

Mentoring Mykola, an 11 Year-old boy who lost his legs and arm in Ukraine when he found an RPG

The war that has been quietly raging in Ukraine for three years has produced a casualty that literally landed in my lap.

On August 24, 2015, while most of us enjoyed the dog days of summer, halfway around the world in Ukraine the life of an 11-year-old boy named Mykola was turned upside down.

Mykola was like any American 11-year-old, but the landscape he lived in is not like America. He was playing tag with his brother and friends when he came across a crate of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). Being a curious 11-year-old, he picked up one of the RGPs and began running with it. When he was tagged by a friend, he tripped and fell. The RPG hit the ground and exploded.

The massive blast killed Mykola’s brother and wounded his friends. Of those surviving, Mykola’s injuries were the worst. He lost both legs and his right hand; now a triple amputee. He has no teeth, and he has internal injuries, hearing problems, and severe facial trauma.

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