After the tragedy: Riga journalist Igor Maiden needs help for treatment

In order for Igor not to return to a wheelchair, intensive rehabilitation is required.

Especially for Igor Maiden, as part of the campaign “Day of Good Deeds on Radio Baltkom”, a charitable phone line was connected to the “Green Lantern” program. Phone number 90006384. Call fee 1.42 EUR.

A HELP account has been opened at the BeOpen Foundation.

Labdarības fonds BeOpen

Reģ.Nr. 50008218201,

Konta no.. LV59 CBBR 1123 215500010

Bankas SWIFT Codes: CBBRLV22

Marquis: The Lampa. Palidzība Igoram Meidenam

The problem happened with Igor in the fall of 2019 – he was beaten up at a concert at the Palladium, where he came to present a photo report to the newspaper. The ambulance doctors did not consider it necessary to immediately take him to the hospital – as a result, Yegor ended up on the operating table only a few hours later – during a complex operation, he was already withdrawn from the next world, and then spent 8 days in a coma.

Due to a brain injury, he survived two brain hemorrhages and was on the verge of death. The result is paralysis of the left side of the body. Then Igor was discharged from the hospital in a wheelchair. Doctors told friends who were nearby that if in two years he learned to move from a bed to a wheelchair on his own, it would be successful. Then Igor himself decided that he would do everything that counted on him so as not to remain still.

Igor in the rehabilitation center in Adili

For two and a half years, at the cost of incredible work and perseverance, he stood on his two feet, leaning on a stick. True, the left leg (more precisely, the ankle) and the left hand are not yet “turned on” – and they do not obey. In order to finally recover, he needs extensive and very expensive rehabilitation, for which Igor does not have money to pay.

Now the recovery is very active (daily training and lessons with a variety of specialists pay off). He’s too afraid to hold back – now the tipping point has come. And in no way does he want to go back to a wheelchair again and be a burden to his loved ones.

need help. A HELP account has been opened at the BeOpen Foundation.

How is Igor??

After this tragedy, Egor was collected assistance as part of the Green Lamp program, and he was able to undergo an intensive rehabilitation course at the Adeli Medical Center in Slovakia. He re-learning to speak, smile, sit, move his fingers, walk, and rely on rolling over with wheels.

When Igor started muscle development lessons, he was tied with a tape to the simulator, because he could not resist himself.

The neurorehabilitation programs after traumatic brain injury at the ADELI Clinic are among the best in Europe. Igor worked with a team of physiotherapists, speech therapists, chiropractors, masseuses and nurses under the supervision of experienced neurologists. Igor admits that after Slovakia he literally came back to life. I am very grateful to everyone who subsequently responded and helped pay for the treatment: “Thank you for finding people who are interested!”

Doctors at the Adeli Clinic awarded Igor a diploma and a medal for his unprecedented perseverance, perseverance and patience.

During this time, he also underwent plastic surgery for reconstructive skull, underwent a rehabilitation course in Vaivari and Ligatne, daily exercises non-working muscles, works with physiotherapists.

Igor believes that this photo is about him. He does not complain, he tries to keep his tail with a gun, but sometimes it is very difficult for him.

Igor lives in Čiekurkalns alone in a one-room apartment on the fifth floor. He walks leaning on a cane with his working right hand. The left leg is pulled along the floor. I learned how to hold buttons with one hand. He cannot tie the laces on his shoes on his own – he simply tightens and bends them. Friends transformed the bathroom for him – they installed a special chair and moved the taps to another wall, under a working hand.

Now it takes Igor up to 10 minutes to go down the stairs into the street. For this It takes half an hour to walk to the tram stop 200 meters from the entrance. Three weeks ago, he debuted – independently learned how to enter public transport – trams and buses. I was scared and ready for this event – I even called to consult with Regas Satixmi.

Dreams and cactus flower

Of course, during this time, who also fell into epidemic quarantine, he had to endure fear and despair, pull himself out of depression several times and force him to move on. So that Igor would not be depressed, his friends gave him a luxurious cat named Emmanuel, in everyday life – Mona. Igor has no soul in him.

In general, by nature, Igor is a real fighter and loves life. Always full of energy and new plans. During the epidemic, he prepared a collection of memoirs of his travels in Siberia. He dreams that he will be able to publish it as a book in which the writer Dalia Truskinovskaya will help him.

“Siberia is one of my favorite places on earth,” says Igor. – One of my favorite books is “Gloom River” and his films “Dirso Ozala” and “Master of the Taiga”. During the time I am recovering, I reread the collected works of Shishkov twice …

Igor Siberia is a unique place of strength and great experiences. – When you stand in the steppe, turn around your axis and in all directions towards the horizon there is only a steppe – a feeling of space. Or it is as if you are in a small boat in an endless ocean … Or you go to the taiga to “live as savage” for a few weeks and feel one hundred percent harmony with all living things …

Igor would very much like to have the collection published with his photos. Now Igor creates “galleries” on the website 500px in size – uploads albums of his photos he took in different countries of the world – wild animals, seas and oceans, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Latvia, India … Igor’s photo can be viewed on it here >>>

Igor Maiden is a professional traveler. His press kit contains a large number of reports about visiting different countries and photos from there. Link to photo galleries >>>

Now he continues to study Sanskrit – he dreams one day to return to his beloved India. One of his most interesting rounds of reporting was published in Sobota and dubbed “Anonymous Latvia”. Igor has the rare gift of seeing the beauty in everyday life and admiring the little things.

Igor Munya’s cat coexists peacefully with Chilean squirrels Diego

Since childhood he has many hobbies. At school he was a member of many zoological circles, at the zoo and at the station of young naturalists “Saulesdarzs” he was in charge of rodent sectors. Igor enthusiastically tells that only at that time the first Chilean squirrels and spiny mice were brought from Central Asia to Riga. He was instructed to feed them, equip and clean homes, and monitor the multiplication of alien creatures. And now two girls from Diego live with Igor, who get along well with the cat Munya. And when Igor once wrote articles about bird sanctuaries for a newspaper, he was so carried away that he eventually joined the Society of Ornithologists .. He has a whole series of photographs of birds from different countries.

He is also a member of the Latvian Pipe Club and the Aloe Vera Society. On the windowsill has a whole bunch of cacti. Most species bloom in the third or fifth year, and some specimens in the tenth to fifteenth year. The flowering period is only spring, when it becomes warmer and everything in nature wakes up. So now Igor is waiting for the first flower to appear according to the schedule.

How do This may have happened

On that fateful evening, Igor, as a journalist, attended the performance of the Alisa group to prepare reports for several publications. The group’s new album was presented. Everything was coordinated with the party organizers in Latvia. But, as it turned out, they did not coordinate the filming of the concert with the management of the group. Although the audience filmed the scene on mobile phones. “I started taking pictures, the group manager showed up, the guards attacked me, I put the camera away and I was about to leave, saying I didn’t need scandals. But then the guards dragged me into the corridor, and I got hit in the head from behind. I mean, I didn’t even see the guy’s face .

The blow was professional (the police confirmed the fact that it was made as a sports technique) and was so strong that Igor lost consciousness.

Igor with Konstantin Kinchev. He interviewed him several times. Photography by Vladimir Starkov.

It should be noted that “Alyssa” for Yegor is a favorite group since childhood. “When I was seven years old, I watched Cracker with Konstantin Kinchev and fell in love with this music. My mother, to please me, gave me the record “Energy”. It was my first personal recording – remembers Igor.” And now I dream of going back in time to that day Not going to that concert.”

The police arrived at the crime scene and called an ambulance. Doctors said that there was no need to be hospitalized, the head injury was not serious. After that, Igor was taken to the police station to testify. When his friends brought him home at night, he could barely speak. The hematoma on the head increased every minute, and painkillers did not help. At night, the ambulance was called again. When the doctors arrived, Igor could no longer move on his own … In the hospital, it became clear that he simply would not live without a craniotomy.

Who is the culprit??

If first-aid doctors would immediately take Igor to the hospital and immediately provide help, then all these serious consequences could have been avoided. But in total, nearly seven hours were wasted. It’s a miracle he was ever saved. He spent 8 days in a coma.

What happened in 2019 A criminal case has been opened, but the investigation proceeded completely out of the question. According to Yegor, perhaps one of the reasons is that the security officers who beat him can also work in the police – police officers often work part-time in security companies after service. Recently, a new investigator was appointed to this case. Igor hopes that the process will move forward.

What do you need money for.

Qualification course on vibration simulators. Igor’s individual program was developed by physiotherapist Evgeny Abrosimov, a former athlete and engineer, the creator of unique simulators for the recovery of athletes after injuries.

Regular lessons with coach Vitaly Bercello in the gym. In the first lessons, when Igor was brought into a wheelchair, the instructor tied him to the simulators with duct tape – Igor himself could not hold on, and his arms and legs slipped. Training gives excellent results. You can’t quit smoking, you have to keep going. Igor intends to achieve full rehabilitation.

The cost of the annual program is 8000 euros.

Charity Phone 90006384

Works for Igor Maiden until April 19 . The cost of the call is 1.42 euros.

BeOpen Charitable Foundation has opened a help account

No interest or deductions are taken from the funds received in the account.

Labdarības fonds BeOpen

Reģ.Nr. 50008218201,

Konta no.. LV59 CBBR 1123 215500010

Bankas SWIFT Codes: CBBRLV22

Marquis: The Lampa. Palidzība Igoram Meidenam

The charity program “The Green Lamp” is broadcast on Baltcom 93.9 FM every Tuesday at 12 noon in cooperation with the Be Open Charitable Foundation. The authors and presenters of the program are journalists Olga Avdeevich and Rita Troshkina.

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