"Is this life? This is hell!"
She has been bedridden for 16 years. It is even hard to imagine: seriously ill 78-year-old Nino Targamadze lives in this nightmare every day. In 2003 she simply collapsed onto the floor and did not manage to stand up. The woman's legs went numb.
Moreover, over time, the right side of her body became paralyzed. Just imagine, she cannot eat, wash or dress by herself... Diabetes and heart problems are the reason.
"All the troubles began with the death of my husband, I lost him, lost support, lost hope... He took away half of my soul, my entire life. But we had a daughter and I had no right to be depressed. First, I took care of her, and now, for 16 years already she's been taking care of me. Poor thing, she graduated from the pedagogical Institute, but due to our problems she could not work in the profession" – recalls the miserable woman, wiping her tears. She calls her life a hell. She says that she even could not get to her sister's funeral!
– You have lived a long life, what do you want most of all now?
Nino Targamadze: I cannot call my life unforgettable, but when I had a full family, I was happy then. Now I'm lying on this bed that I can't stand anymore! I want to go to my village, sit in the yard, listen to the birds and admire the scenery. Just once, just to get a peek at what's going on. My sister died, and I couldn't even go to the funeral... Is this life? This is hell!
– What is your condition today? What is your main problem?
Nino Targamadze: Oh, I'm so nervous about Natiya... I can't even eat independently, the right side has completely stopped moving. My daughter feeds, washes and dresses me. And then she goes to work. She works as a courier, she is paid very little. Yes, I am very ill, but my time is past, and I want my child to live well, and she, taking care of me, and working, will drive herself to the grave (cries).
They are barely making ends meet. They had
forgotten the taste of meat. Ashamed, they admit that they cannot even buy the
necessary hygiene products.
– What is your income, is it enough for you to live?
Nino Targamadze: I have a pension of 200 lari, and my girl has even less. I need a lot of medicines. We do not know how to distribute our income on utilities, food and drugs. I am very ashamed to admit it, (crying) but I need the diapers... Oh how embarrassing... do not write about it…
– Do you have the status of socially unprotected family and do you receive some allowance? Does the state help you?
Nino Targamadze: Far from it! Yes, we have status, we used to receive allowances. But last year social service agents came – these murderers, and our rating points were raised from 1000 to 150 000 points, so they cancelled the 120 lari that we received. They said that the pension and meager salary of my girl sould suffice to live. Is it a country? They eat, drink, put money into their pockets, and take vital allowances from the poor, leaving us to the mercy of fate to die. Have a look at our living conditions, everything is old here: old decoration, old equipment... why they considered correct to increase the points, I don't know. Life becomes more expensive every year, and the poor lose their allowances.
– Did any individuals help you knowing about your serious condition?
Nino Targamadze: The only one who helps us is the Chernovetskyi Fund. Your employees come and bring me diapers, so I cannot find words to express the gratitude that I feel. A few years ago, a kind person gave us a wheelchair, which I use at home. No one else helps us, and by the decree of the State we must content ourselves with the income that we have. Although all my pension is spent on utilities. Sometimes we have no money for bread, and we have forgotten the taste of meat long ago…
"Please tell us how you lived before your
Nino Targamadze: I graduated from Tbilisi Medical College and worked at a neuropsychiatric hospital for 13 years. I married an extraordinary man named Bondo and we lived in peace, we had a lovely daughter. I had no idea that old age would be so cruel. I guess now you don't think about your old age. And it will come, and God grant you that it will be much easier.
Friends, sooner or later all of us learn what
old age is! Let us not be indifferent to the grief of others. The poor retired
woman asks us for help. She needs many things, but most of all medicines and
If you can't help financially, you can still do a good deed by sharing this story on your social media pages. Let all your friends know about the grief of this old lady!
Our Fund account GE15TB7194336080100003 or
GE64BG0000000470458000 (purpose: Nino Targamadze). You can also transfer money
from our website.
You can as well transfer money from the terminals of Nova Technology, TBCpay and ExpressPay. Find our Fund in "Charity" section. (You can learn about the additional rights and obligations of the Fund by following the link https://goo.gl/GY2Gus).
God sees our good deeds and will take them into account!