How did you arrive in Beregsurány?

I know András Spányik, we were classmates at university, and that’s how I heard about Medspot and this project. I already knew about the Beregsurány helppoint in April, but I was still preparing for my allergology and clinical immunology exams. At the end of April I passed them, and that’s when I told András that I would love to come and help. I came for a week, because I had heard that weekends were easier, but it’s a bit harder to make the schedule on weekdays.

What were your impressions?

I met a lot of different people here. There was a lady in her sixties who lived in Kyiv and had come to Beregovo earlier to stay with friends, where she was able to make a living. She has eight children who are now scattered all over Europe! She was very desperate. Her parents were Hungarian, so we could communicate a lot. She was extremely tired. She wanted to go to Munich to find his daughter, and she was really down on his luck.

But that’s only one child out of eight…

Yeah. The others, she doesn’t even know where they are. One of her sons joined the army, she said it was to save his brothers from having to enlist. That’s all she knows about her family at the moment. It’s harder to talk to people like that, because of course there are interpreters, but it’s not their job to be there all the time.

What do people usually need to be treated for?

Most people came in with spikes in blood pressure, most of them usually have medication. However, there was one lady who was fined at the border because she had too many cigarettes and her blood pressure went up. At least that was her complaint. But a lot of people are more mentally exhausted. Often you have to ask a lot of questions to find out what the problem is, they are often reluctant to talk about their illnesses. Tomo often goes around with his little whiteboard, so that anyone who needs medical help can contact him.