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KEI director, WSU Ophthalmology chair performs surgery on Ukrainian youth injured in riots

August 10, 2014

Feeling the blood run down the right side of his face, 17-year-old Dmytro, a sophomore studying psychology at a university in Ukraine, started gasping for air and coughing. He had been shot in the right eye with a rubber bullet by Ukraine's special police force, the Berkut. The bullet traveled through his eye and nasal cavity, eventually landing in his mouth. It was Feb. 18 in Kiev, two days before Ukraine's bloodiest day of riots since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. While in Ukraine, Dmytro underwent three surgeries - one of which lasted seven hours to remove the damaged eyeball. Dr. Mark Juzych, Kresge Eye Institute director and Department of Ophthalmology chair at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was contacted regarding the boy's situation. "We are fortunate that the Institute has broad expertise in ophthalmological specialties including the ability to address complex ocular trauma patients," he said. Dmytro underwent his fourth and final surgery in Michigan on Friday, July 25 to repair the area around his eye socket. He has had seven surgeries total. He had an appointment Friday Aug. 1 for the final step - constructing a prosthetic eye - before returning to Ukraine Aug. 14. Nadia said his prosthetic eye should be complete by Aug. 12.