Medical clinic provides life-saving support in western Ukraine

CHERNIVTSI, UKRAINE — Samaritan’s Purse operates an emergency outpatient clinic in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, to provide medical care to the growing number of displaced people fleeing violent conflict in their country.

Luc Bray, MD – Samaritan’s Purse:

As this was my first deployment, I didn’t know what to expect. So you really have to be prepared for almost anything.

My first patient was a gentleman in his 60s, 60s, and then he said, “Yeah, that’s chest pain. Yes, I feel sweaty, actually. I do not feel very good. And it soon became clear that he was probably having a heart attack. We immediately gave him treatment and called the emergency number for an ambulance to arrive in a few minutes, and took him straight to the hospital. So it was a successful result, really.

Whitney Peterson, RN – Samaritan’s Purse:

We had heard of an increased volume of displaced people here in the western part of Ukraine. There was a need for medical care, so we decided to deploy our level 1 outpatient facility to help those in need.

Luc Bray:

Definitely seeing a wide range of people, from very young children to elderly patients. We saw an 85-year-old lady who had been up for 22 hours on a train, fleeing the war. It varies, but we find that around 3/4 of the patients are IDPs who come to the clinic.

John Potts, MD – Samaritan’s Purse:

How much stress do you live with when you come here and you’re displaced and you have nothing?

Whitney Peterson:

Initially we had people coming in saying there were so many kids living in those dorms, and a lot of them are sick – they have acute respiratory infections or acute gastrointestinal infections – and they were so excited to see treatment for their children provided by Samaritan’s Bourse.

Tiffany Duckett, NP – Samaritan’s Purse:

We had another mother who showed up with her two children. She had a one-year-old with a classic presentation of croup.

We got the treatment that was needed. We are also able to provide fever medication.

Victoria SamburskaMother of patients:

My children had high temperatures and colds. The health workers here helped diagnose their illnesses and gave us treatment. Now we will go home very grateful and thankful for everyone here. We hope my children will feel better tomorrow.

George PershukovPatient:

This is a very important and very urgent thing for us. The presence of your organization, the presence of your doctors here, is really a great help for our country.

John Potts:

I come here to help people in need. Here they have nothing. If you don’t help them, no one helps them.

It matters a lot, because that’s what I do. I do what God called me to do.


Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical relief to suffering people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine in an effort to share God’s love through His Son, Jesus- Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Response Team (DART) is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disasters. We are ready to respond at any time, whenever disaster strikes and wherever it occurs. DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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