The first wounded from the war in Ukraine have arrived in Madrid at dawn from Sunday to Monday, to be treated in hospitals of the regional public network. They arrive destroyed: sanitary stable, but with injuries "appreciable at first glance", mutilations and wounds that are not so obvious, although they are also there: "They have a significant emotional deterioration", explained the Summa 112 supervisor present at the transfer, Verónica Real.
The Ministry of Health asked Madrid to take charge of this first contingent of wounded in the invasion of Ukraine arriving in Spain, and that they are probably not the only ones to come: the Madrid Ministry of Health expects more to arrive in the near future. weeks.
It was still dark when the plane with the patients landed at the Madrid-Barajas airport.
They came from different hospitals in Ukraine, where they had been treated after being injured in clashes between Russian and Ukrainian troops. Some came from Lviv and others from different health centers in the cities hardest hit by the battle.
At the gates of the terminal, the Summa 112 had prepared an extensive assistance device that included several ambulances from the emergency service. Right there they made a first assessment of their condition. Some reached the ambulance on their own feet, others helped with crutches or in wheelchairs. They were dressed in sportswear, carrying a small backpack with their belongings.
What most caught the attention of the Summa 112 professionals who treated these combatants is "the psychological state with which all patients come," indicated the health worker. "They have a significant emotional deterioration," she pointed out, to the point that the Summa 112 professionals have had to provide them with psychological support.
Of all those who arrived last night, 14 were transferred by ambulance to the different Madrid hospitals where they will be treated from now on: La Paz, Ramón y Cajal, Gregorio Marañón, Clínico San Carlos, October 12 – all of them in the capital–, and to Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda, Príncipe de Asturias in Alcalá de Henares and Getafe, in towns of the metropolitan area.
The ravages of war are very present in them, and they are very evident. "They have several injuries visible to the naked eye, such as mutilations in different parts of the body," said Verónica Real. In addition, they present “highly complex internal injuries”, which advises their treatment in Madrid health centers, to which they have been transferred.
Another group of wounded were sent directly to the Isabel Zendal Hospital: ten boys plus a girl accompanied by her daughter. They arrived very early at the Madrid emergency center, "very tired." They were provided with food and settled.
Throughout the morning, they were evaluated by the Zendal health services, who also studied their medical reports. From now on, the doctors will establish the rehabilitation needs they require, which in some cases will be as internal, and in others it will be provided on an outpatient basis.
In the Zendal they were very supported by all the staff who have attended them. As explained in the center, the wounded have been talking a lot among themselves, and have hung a Ukrainian flag on the wall of the room where they are.
Zendal opened this Functional Rehabilitation Unit last April, which aims to care for people affected by cerebrovascular accidents, orthopedic surgery or trauma that require that specific rehabilitation. The unit has a rehabilitation gym, and 170 professionals from different specialties: internists, rehabilitators, geriatricians, physiotherapists, nurses, speech therapists, pharmacists, supervisors, occupational therapists and X-ray technicians, among others.
Most of the injured will be treated in the Traumatology services of the health centers. Although, at first, the request from the Ministry of Health referred to the care of 37 injured people, finally 25 have arrived. The clinical picture of instability that the others presented have prevented them from being transferred on the same plane, since they needed a special medicalized transport, explained sources from the Ministry of Health.
The regional government has set up a care network for those affected by the war in Ukraine. In addition to this medical care, to date 41,599 services have already been provided to the 11,674 Ukrainian refugees who arrived in Madrid; 10,806 have a health card, 2,893 Ukrainian children go to schools in Madrid, 9,420 transport cards have been distributed and 1,411 have applied for procedures to find employment.