Olkhovsky, Gregory: the only soldier shot in the heart who survived

Heroes 24/01/20 Gregory Olkhovsky: the only soldier shot in the heart who survived

Combat injuries resulting in death are in the vital organs. The human heart, it is certainly one of them. But in this country’s medical history has confirmed episodes, when people with a bullet wound to the heart did not die and then full went live.

the soldier

a veteran of the great Patriotic war Grigory Ivanovich olkhovskiy, who was born in 1922 in the village of Stretenka Donetsk region, USSR, is exactly that kind of person. In 1939 he was admitted to the Komsomol, and later became Secretary of the Komsomol cell of four local farms in Donetsk region. 5 may 1941 olkhovskiy was called up for service in the worker-peasant Red army. At the beginning of the war he – a career soldier, he participated in the defense of Leningrad.

near the town of Luga, part of them were surrounded. The soldiers were ordered at any cost to escape from the ring and began to work on a plan of action. To start decided to deceive the enemy about the attempt to break through. Olkhovsky at some point had to get to gunners who carried out a distraction, and to transfer orders to relocate to the main site through. About 4 kilometers Gregory has reached the desired firing points. The order was made, but when the soldiers began to leave, Olkhovsky received a bullet in the chest and fell. The eldest of the gunners, as expected, took his blood-soaked documents and the fighters continued to carry out the planned breakthrough. The fallen on the battlefield was very high. The parents of Gregory S. Olkhovsky soon received a funeral notice that their son died defending the Homeland.

Alive with a wounded heart

a week after the battle Olkhovsky came to in the ward of a military hospital. As it turned out to be alive and have received medical care, no one knew. Apparently after a lull in the abandoned gun emplacements dhave isocialize other parts of the Soviet troops, a team of nurses examined the fallen, and they determined that one of them is badly wounded, but still breathing. How Soviet surgeon successfully managed to pull out a German machine-gun bullet from the heart of the soldier is unknown. But it’s a miracle.

the Famous French surgeon and physiologist rené Leriche in the book “memories of my past life” was described this way: “…In most cases, wounds of the heart lead to death, but if the wound is small, then the victim some time to assess the severity of the resulting damage. Gradually, however, within a few hours develops cardiac tamponade. Blood that flows ( … ) and fills to the limit inflates the pericardium and compresses the heart, which can not accept a new batch of blood and push it into the vessels. The wounded man swell neck veins, shortness of breath develops. Frequent the heartbeat, the pulse is very weak. The skin is pale, bluish, lips blue. (…) This time the wounded man is still alive, it is likely this contributes to what chamber of the heart came the fatal bullet. (…) The hospital received no more than a quarter of such patients, the rest die on the stages of evacuation. (…) Some of them require intensive care surgeries in the next 15 minutes (…). The mortality rate for gunshot wounds of the heart most high compared with wounds from bladed weapons…”

War and the life

Many months Olkhovsky, Gregory was treated at the hospital of the city of kovrova. In the period in Kovrov in the evacuation was the designer of small arms, the Creator of the domestic machine guns, Vasily Alekseyevich Degtyarev with his family. His daughter donated his blood for transfusion to wounded Olgovskoye, and he’s a military contractor took an active part in the treatment and future life of a wounded soldier. In 1942, Gregory S. Olkhovsky declared unfit for military service. But he immediately began to get sent to the front, using every opportunity. After all, the war was still going. Olkhovsky and again urged, he fought under wasby ingrad, the Caucasus, the Baltic, and was again wounded, treated. Home Grigory came back in 1945, got a job at Donetsk chemical-metallurgical plant and after a couple of decades even became the head of household works in it.

Valuable award

In 1970, Grigory Ivanovich olkhovskiy in a group of veterans was invited to the Leningrad Museum, and the exposition of military glory saw his shot Komsomol card. Because it on that fateful day from the left pocket of his tunic took the gunners, considering comrade killed. That this is his document, Olkhovsky said the guide. And now pierced by a bullet covered with blood and Komsomol ticket number 1242676 is in the exposition of the State Museum of history of St. Petersburg.

In 1974, the Museum staff invited Grigory Ivanovich Olkhovsky to celebrate 30 th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi troops near Leningrad and the Cuban delegation organized a meeting with this hero. Someone from the audience asked him about available awards. The veteran replied that the greatest reward is that he shot through the heart was still alive. People with war wounds to vital organs usually die. And such as he is in the world a few units.

Svetlana Koroleva

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