U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly visits Ukraine’s largest children hospital
Scott Kelly at the railway station in Kyiv (Photo:instagram.com/stationcdrkelly)
U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly has arrived to Ukraine to visit the liberated town of Irpin, and the country’s largest children’s hospital “Okhmatdyt”, Irpin mayor Oleksandr Markushyn and Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne TV news reported on Nov. 27.
Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and a commander of the International Space Station, as well as an ambassador of the UNITED24 fundraising platform, is said to have first toured the “Okhmatdyt” hospital, where children injured by shelling undergo treatment and rehabilitation, in particular from the Kherson region.
The astronaut also met with Katia, a girl who suffered from a missile strike on the Kramatorsk central railway station on April 8, where her mother was killed. Recently, she had one more surgery to remove some remaining shell fragments from her leg. Kelly presented the girl with a badge that spent a whole year with him in space. He also met with other children who dream of becoming astronauts.
“Today we received a visit from the U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, who is an ambassador of the UNITED24 fundraising platform and donated the first $65,000 for purchasing ambulance cars for the Ukrainian army,” Iprin mayor Markushyn stated.
“Russia destroys 10 Ukrainian ambulance per week,” Kelly wrote on Twitter.
“Please join me in raising funds to replace these lifesaving assets.”
In April 2022, Kelly launched an art project called “Dreams Out of This World”, raising over $500,000 just in a few hours to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression.
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