Thursday 21st October 2004
Fatima and Mariam are unable to sleep without a light in their room, they are afraid of all the medical equipment and are panicking when they see anyone carrying pieces of string and wire as this reminds them of their ordeal in the school in Beslan.
Monday 18th October 2004
Alan Ulov, Kristina Khmliev and Alan Gapoev left the Regional Hospital in Rostov to continue their treatment in Osetia. Sasha and Rustam left the burns unit hospital No 20 and are on their way home for further treatment.
Saturday 16th October 2004
Rustam, (whose photograph is on the home page) phoned from Rostov to say he was going home and to thank everyone who helped and it was a very emotional to hear his voice. It bought tears to everyone's eyes in the Russian Centre.
Thursday 14th October 2004
Fatima, Alan and Rita were baptised in the hospital and Dr. Sharshov was their Godfather.
Monday 11th October 2004
Karl Stortz Endoscopes agreed to supply the necessary equipment without charging for delivery or customs duty as sponsorship in kind towards the appeal.
Saturday 9th October 2004
Hospital received news that the mother of Rita Dzagoeva, the sister (8) of Fatima Dzagoeva (cousin of Rita) and the brother (8) of Alan Kulov all died as a result of the Beslan seige. No more details are available
Friday 1st October 2004
Today the birthdays of Karina who is now 8 and Sasha who is now 13
were celebrated in the burns unit, hospital No. 20. Happy Birthday Karina
Scottish Sun newspaper promised to release money for Infusomats P.
A big thank you to Scottish Sun.
Thank you letters received from Dr. Sharshov and Dr. Rosin Rostov (see
latest from Rostov Hospitals).
Friday 24th September 2004
Firstly, let me draw your attention to some terrible news that is breaking
as I write. Hospital No20, which houses the 3 children from the burns
unit came under gunfire and grenade attack today. I have just arrived
in Glasgow and will be making a phonecall to the hospital immediately.
More details can be found at www.globalrus.ru/news/138292/, perhaps
someone could translate the article into English for those members who
are unable to read it. I am sure that everyone will be joining me in
condemming this disgusting act.
Thursday 16th - Thursday 23rd September 2004
Report by Julia Atlas (appeal organiser and Director of the Russian
Cultural Centre in Glasgow, Scotland)
Beslan Children's Appeal Visit to Rostov-on-Don
We arrived in Rostov-on-Don on 16th September in a delegation consisting
of Georgie Reid (feature writer, Scottish Sun), Andrew Barr (photographer,
Scottish Sun), Nicola Jolly (Miss UK 2004), Tony Sinclair (project manager,
Russian Cultural Centre) and myself. We were met at the airport amid
a flurry of press and photographers, among which were four Russian TV
channels including NTV and the whole of the first evening was spent
giving interviews to the press because we were the first delegation
that arrived in Rostov-on-Don and represented a group of people who's
money has helped save lives of the victims of Beslan.
On 17th September we visited the Regional Children's Hospital, where
we were met by the minister of health for Southern Russia and Dr. Sharshov
and the other staff of the hospital. Myself and Nicola were given access
into the intensive care unit, where we saw the machines that were bought
with your donations at work. Four of the eight children have been moved
out of the intensive care unit, while the rest were in isolation at
the ICU, they were sedated and were being prepared for surgery. It was
wonderful to see our "green boxes" in constant use.
Four of the children have been moved to a ward, as previously stated.
They are recovering but are requiring further surgery for injuries such
as eye trauma, orthopaedic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and neurosurgery.
All the children, as you can see from the images, are absolutely lovely
and met us with hugs and kisses, which created emotional scenes. They
were particularly taken by Nicola because they were waiting for "Koroleva
Krasoty" or Beauty Queen in Russia and they considered her a real
princess, like Diana.
It was difficult to speak with their parents because they are still
in shock; most of them could only cry and thank you all.I would like
to draw your attention to two of the children:
the first is a boy called Alan. He is 7 years old and does not yet know
that his mother died of 40 gunshot wounds, when she was protecting him
with her body. His aunt will now be looking after him. The second child
is a 10 year old girl called Fatima. We could not photograph her because
her condition was so serious. Dr. Sharshov has said that her nervous
system is gradually failing and it is very likely that she will be paralysed
from the neck down for the rest of her life. Tragically, the children
told us that they want to join the army special forces to fight terrorist
and avenge themselves.18th September was spent at City Hospital No.20, where three children
are in the burns unit, under supervision of Dr.Rozin. Here we witnessed
the most upsetting scenes of the trip as the children were horrendously
burnt. He insisted (because of my past medical career) that I watch
as they changed the dressings and bathed the children in a special fluid
as they could not touch them with their hands. These children are in
a serious condition and will continue to remain in intensive care for
the next few months. Currently, they are borrowing they newly purchased
equipment from Dr. Sharshov. However this equipment is incompatible
with their other materials and is also insufficient. Therefore, the
next phase of the appeal will be focussed on raising money to buy the
necessary life support equipment for these children.
Throught the trip I was holding meetings with BBraun representatives
to ascertain what equipment is required. These people did a wonderful
job with their speed, efficiency and training of the staff to use the
equipment. They delivered the equipment free of charge and installed
it 10 days before the financial transaction from the Glasgow account
The remainder of the trip was spent meeting the authorities, who would
like to express their deepest gratitude for all your help, while Drs
Sharshov and Rozin have said that our appeal is the only action so far
that has provided any real help. The Red Cross has, incredibly, only
sent a basket of fruit to the hospitals. The quick response of all benefactors
great and small has prompted them to call our appeal " a miracle".
However, the appeal is not over. Beyond the money raised to buy the
current equipment, we have already raised over £10,000.00 in just
over two weeks. We hope to buy more BBraun green boxes for the burns
unit. We also hope that Scottish Sun will release some money from their
Teddy Bear campaign to buy a small transport ambulance, that can be
used to transfer children between hospitals or somewhere outdoors, where
they can relax and be out of hospital surroundings for a few hours.
Please keep donating to the appeal. If you have questions regarding
the equipment or the condition of the children, we will provide you
with up to date information as we receive it. I was told in Rostov that
we are all seen as these children's foster parents- such is the effect
generated by everyone's efforts.
I would like to give special thanks to the Intourist UK (London and
Glasgow), Intourist Hotel Rostov-on-Don, The Russian Consulate General
in Edinburgh and Russia Direct in Edinburgh for their kind sponsorship
of the entire trip. Not a penny has been spent from your donations on
the travel expenses and accommodation for the trip.
Director, The Russian Cultural Centre