“We met in Warsaw and she brought a lot of medications for my patients,” says Dr. Mefford, expressing gratitude.
Dr. Dzhus says she “tips her hat” to Dr. Rackoff and her group who traveled so far to help. “It is so touching for people abroad who are not Ukrainian to help,” says Dr. Dzhus.
“Ukrainians are people who love freedom,” and have deep roots to the land, says Dr. Dzhus.
For now, she and others suppress mental and emotional stress, aware that it will likely surface once the war ends, she says.
“We just try to continue helping,” says Dr. Dzhus, “If you don’t help now, there won’t be a place for your children to grow up.”
Editor’s note: Learn more about medical missions to Ukraine.
Catherine Kolonko is a medical writer based in Oregon.