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Ukrainian victim of Russian missile to undergo potentially surgical operation in Britain

Posted: 10:00 PM EST, November 5, 2022 | Updated: 2:57 a.m. EST, November 6, 2022 A Ukrainian teacher blinded by a Russian missile attack has been given the green light for an operation in Britain that could restore her sight. Horrifying images of Olena Kurylo’s bloodied and bandaged face sent shockwaves around the world when a missile destroyed her apartment on the first day of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The Mail on Sunday helped the mother, 52, flee the war zone and seek treatment in Poland to save the sight in her right eye. When Polish doctors concluded there was nothing more they could do for Olena, the MoS secured £10,000 in Mail Force donations to fund specialist treatment with consultant eye surgeon Tom Williamson at the Center for Sight, a world renowned clinic based in London, Surrey and Sussex. Horrific footage of Olena Kurylo’s bloodied and bandaged face sent shockwaves around the world when a missile destroyed her apartment on the first day of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine Professor Williamson examined Olena for first time in Britain in August and said he was confident he could operate in January – but only if tests carried out two months later showed the eye had remained stable. Last week, Olena returned to London for her second date. “It’s good news, she’s doing very well,” Professor Williamson said. “There’s a lot of scar tissue, but everything in the eye is where it’s supposed to be. The surgeon gave the green light for the operation in January, which aims to restore his vision by up to 50%. ‘I am very happy. Thank you for giving me hope,” said Olena, who was so thrilled she stood up and hugged Professor Williamson. “I am incredibly grateful to every Mail reader who has donated money. People in Britain have such big hearts,” she added. Olena was left with glass lodged in her right eye after her home in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv was attacked in February. Olena was left with glass lodged in her right eye after her home in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv was attacked in February. After the MoS helped her escape the besieged city, Polish surgeons managed to save Olena’s vision by filling her damaged eye with silicone oil in a grueling three-and-a-half-hour operation. . But complications developed – leading the MoS to spring into action and secure a visa for Olena to travel to Britain to obtain private treatment funded by Mail Force’s generous donations for the Ukraine Appeal , the fastest fundraiser in history. “I am very grateful to the MoS. There were so many other people who wanted to interview me, but no one else offered to help,” she said. Olena was offered a paid job in Poland teaching theater and dance to Ukrainian children after her operation. To inspire her, the MoS took Olena to see the West End musical Mary Poppins, which she described as “the most incredible opportunity of her life”. Share or comment on this article:

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