A nurse who lost both her legs to a mine is now a newlywed, after holding a touching ceremony directly in her hospital room. Oksana, 23, had worked as a nurse in the front-line eastern Ukrainian town of Lysychansk, before the ac-cident. But she still insisted on pushing ahead with her wedding to her bride-groom, Viktor, even as she undergoes recovery in Lviv.
“The tragedy of the 23-year-old Oksana, who worked as a nurse in Lysychansk, occurred on March 27,” the First Medical Association of Lviv ex-plained, when sharing the story on Facebook.
“Together with Viktor, they were returning home along a familiar path. Oksana walked ahead, and Viktor followed her. There was an explosion. Viktor was uninjured, but Oksana lost both legs and four fingers on her left hand.”
First aid was provided to Oksana at a hospital in Lysychansk, where she underwent four surgeries. She was then evacuated to Dnipro, where she continued her treatment and began to prepare to receive a prosthesis. One week ago, Oksana arrived by train to Lviv, where she would undergo rehabilitation and be fitted for a prosthesis.
Viktor and Oksana decided it was finally time to get married, after a six year engagement and two children, and decided to hold the ceremony right in the hospital. They bought wedding rings in the city, a white dress was found for Oksana, and volunteers baked a wedding cake.
The civil ceremony took place at the Registry Office, and the wedding was celebrated in the ward of the Surgery Center, where Oksana is undergoing treatment.
The doctors congratulated the newlyweds on their wedding and shared a video of Oksana and Viktor's first wedding dance.