Helena-based organization helps secure $100K in orthopedic equipment for Ukraine

Phil Drake

A discussion in Helena between an Afghan refugee and the head of an international aid organization led to nearly $100,000 in orthopedic equipment being sent to aid the people of war-torn Ukraine. 

Valerie Hellermann of Helena-based Hands on Global said her organization was seeking medication to help the people of Ukraine, which has been under attack by Russia since Feb. 24. She said that while they were able to send about $12,000 in equipment, they had hoped to send a lot more.

Hellermann returned to Helena in April after serving a month in the Ukraine on a medical mission.

Hands on Global helped bring some Afghan refugees to Helena several months ago. Hellermann said one of them had been a trauma surgeon. He put her in contact with a nongovernmental organization that was able to get $100,000 in orthopedic equipment sent to the Ukraine.

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“Oh my God, it is such a great connection,” she said.

She said they got the equipment through Sign International Fracture Care, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides orthopedic equipment to developing countries.

Her organization sent a doctor to Maryland to learn how to use

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