Two Maine nurses collecting medical supplies for Ukraine – WMTW Portland

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Natalia Iantsevitch and Anna Stasiv have been friends for years. They live in Maine. They are both from Ukraine and they’re both nurse practitioners.
Feeling helpless from a half-a-world away, the two friends are using their contacts in the medical field to try and get needed medical supplies to the war zone for the soldiers and civilians that are wounded back home.
“They are very overwhelmed by the amount of wounded and people they have to tend to, so they definitely need physical bodies to help and supplies,” said Anna Stasiv, a Maine nurse from Ukraine.
From her kitchen table in Yarmouth, Stasviv has already been in touch with hospital administrators in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. The administrators are emailing a list of what is needed most.
“Stuff like first-aid dressings, tourniquets,” Stasviv said.
The two nurses are trying to keep busy by doing what they can to help their family and friends back in Ukraine.
“Our family is mostly on the western part of Ukraine,” Stasviv said. “Some of the family from Kyiv with little kids, they were able to leave the city on time, some of them not so lucky.”
The two nurses are working on a GoFundMe that will be launched soon. They are talking with hospitals and medical facilities here in Maine hoping to snatch up those supplies that might otherwise be headed to the trash because the expiration date has come and gone.
“I don’t think at the time of war it matters really when that bandage or syringe or suture expires,” Stasviv said.
Stasviv will run the logistics in Maine while tending to her 2-year-old son, while Iantsevitch is getting ready to head into the war zone on Sunday traveling to Poland and driving to the western border of Ukraine.
“Anybody who’s going to the country where there is active war and it’s escalating is taking a great chance,” Stasviv said.

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