Vladimir Bakhshyan was taken to Astghik Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition. Vladimir’s face was significantly destroyed in a drone strike in Jabrail on October 13. His leg was also injured, and his hand was burned by an internationally-banned phosphorus weapon. After several surgeries, his nose and eye were partially restored, but Vladimir still has vision problems as there were shell fragments at the bottom of his eye.
Vladimir is now able to move two fingers, and surgeries are still needed to restore his toe. Despite the bitter memories of the war, the psychological condition of losing his fellow servicemen and the injuries he suffered, Vladimir is in a positive mood and makes every effort to recover quickly and return to his three-year-old son and wife in Kapan. Vladimir has been cared for by his parents for several months, who have rented a house in Yerevan at their own expense to be with their son at all times.
Astghik medical Center in Yerevan was one of the facilities that provided medical care to hundreds of soldiers during and after the Artsakh war. Many of our heroes, with the help of professionals and caring medical staff, have had the opportunity to return to a full life. Some of our wounded soldiers spent many months in this hospital undergoing multiple and varied surgeries but were able to overcome the difficulties thanks to individuals and organizations who supported these heroes in various ways.
During their visit to the Astghik medical center, the FRF members had the opportunity to hear the stories of our heroes, to encourage them and to give them gifts. Soldiers greeted the members of the foundation with joy and gratitude. FRF representatives promised to keep in touch and support them in their future endeavors.