High, high in the mountains of Tianeti the village of Bochorma is situated. Wild animals have a good life there... and people are poor. And they are especially poor in the family of Guchashvili! They are dying of abject poverty! There's even nowhere to beg in the mountains! Animals do not give charity. But we're human! And we are their countrymen! Let us be merciful, friends. Let us save real Georgians from death! After all, Georgian villages are the cradle of our culture.
The family Guchashvili has two sick people – 83-year-old father George and his daughter, 37-year-old Larisa. Their state of health is absolutely deplorable: the father suffered a stroke; he sees very badly, barely moves and suffers from frequent shortness of breath, but his daughter is just dying in front of his eyes. Since childhood he suffers of diabetes. During several years this insidious disease has become extremely complicated and took a catastrophic form. Larisa lost her teeth; she cannot walk; her liver is enlarged and her kidneys are damaged.
45-year-old Mtvarisa is Caring for his sister and elderly father; all her adult life she has been taking care of sick family members. 8 years ago her mother was bedridden and died literally in the hands of her daughter. It is not surprising that Mtvarisa is in deep despair, since her father and sister have recently completely given up, and she has almost no strength left. However, as long as she honourably performs her duty as a daughter and a sister, although without the help of the public, it is unlikely that she will last so long.
We talked to Manana and asked her to share her problems and concerns with us.
– Let's start with Larissa. How long has she had diabetes?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: In all likelihood, the girl was born with this disease, but it appeared ten years later. I remember my sister had to go to school in the morning, but she couldn't get out of bed, her legs were numb, and her face was swollen. We called a doctor who diagnosed high blood sugar. My sister was in fifth grade. She managed to attend school for another six months and since then she does not go to school for health reasons.
– Has she been treated?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: She has, but in our village there are no such opportunities to defeat this insidious disease. But the hungry 90s were catastrophic for her health; there was no diabetic food, no food at all; we were just starving.
– Tell us, what is Georgiy's condition today?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: She's practically bedridden, she has sick liver and kidneys; her teeth fell out, it is hard for her to speak and she is dying. Half an hour before your arrival, she decided to sit down on the bed and meet you in a sitting position, but suddenly felt dizzy and fell to the floor. She hit the iron leg of the cursed bed with her head; happily it didn't fall through the hole because our floor is completely rotten, and it is already dangerous to walk…
– I see another hole in the left-hand corner…
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: That's one of our troubles. A couple of months ago, I was feeding my sister with a spoon in my left hand because my right hand was swollen and couldn't hold a spoon. Suddenly I hear my father gasping from the other room, I ran to help him, slipped and fell into the hole with one foot. My God, it hurt so much, but it hurt even more to see the frightened faces of my sister and dad…
– What's your father's condition?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: After the stroke, in fact, he cannot walk; his eyes are very bad, and he constantly presses a hand to his heart. He worked at the local cattle farm for 37 years; this house was built in 1967, but there has been no repair for 30 years.
– Does anyone help you? How did you survive in such a situation?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: Yes, the conditions here are catastrophic. The ceiling leaks, the windows are plastered with cellophane, in winter it is very cold, we are actually freezing. There is a wood-burning stove, but we use it rarely, I try to save firewood; and what else could I do? I don't have enough money to buy wood, so I'm content with brushwood…
– Your mother was sick for a long time, too, wasn't she?"
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: She was bedridden for the last 10 years of her life. In fact, all my life I have been taking are of my family. They are my flesh and blood, and I'll go to hell if I don't take care of my own people. Recently I went to Tbilisi for insulin and when I came back, I saw such a picture-my father was sitting beside his sister's bed and stroking her head. It turned out that Larissa had a seizure, and dad came to the rescue. With one hand he held on to his aching heart, and with the other he stroked my poor little sister.
– Are you a devout woman?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: Yes, certainly I am. You see the crucifix I hung over my sister's bed. Every time she gets sick, I pray. Every time my father faints, I pray. I always pray to the Lord, and your coming to our aid is also God's will!
– What are the immediate needs of your family, Larisa‘s in particular?"
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: Pension and scanty social allowance is spent on medicines for the the sister and father. Only insulin is given free of charge. I have to go to Tbilisi to get it, but it is too expensive for me. In addition, Larisa needs to have two blood transfusions a year; she also needs to buy glucose meters to measure sugar levels and a bunch of other drugs.
– What are you dreaming about?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: I dreamed of my own family, husband and children, but apparently the Lord decided that I should look after the sick members of the family. You know, I thank God for everything! Each person in life is given his own way and you need to live it with honor, keeping the commandments. Otherwise, the road to hell is secured.
– Could I ask Larisa a couple of questions, can she talk now?
Mtvarisa Guchashvili: I'll give her some medicine so that her mouth does not overdry, and then she can talk a little bit...
– Larisa, who do you love most in the world?
Larisa Guchashvili: I love God most of all! God protects me through my sister, whom I also love very much. I address your readers with a request for help. Friends, help me to extend my life!
– What are you dreaming about?
Larisa Guchashvili: About an hour's walk from here there is the old tenth-century Church of St. George. It is necessary to rise very high, cars can't go there. Now, my dream is to climb this mountain, touch the walls of the Church, light a candle and pray to the Lord, pray not only for my recovery, but for the health of all the sick people!
Friends, we hope that you will take to heart the pain of this young beautiful woman who is dying before your eyes. Now your support is of great moral importance for her, as well as for her family in general. Let's try to fulfill Larisa's dream together – to climb the mountain and put a candle to God in the old Church. Well, for her part, she will pray for you, for your health and well-being.
Call Mtvarisa and Larisa, learn about their basic needs, and encourage these young women! You can personally provide assistance to this family, and God will bless you. And be sure to repost our publication. Let all your friends know about the grief of this family! It is very important.
This is their address: Tianeti Municipality, the village of Bochoma, tel.: 591 974686.
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