The loss of an arm turns life upside down. Forever and ever. The most advanced devices and achievements of medicine will not return one to the familiar world. At the same time, any changes, even such frightening ones, open up new paths for a person that will not be easy but can lead to success. Ukrainian athlete Anton Skachkov confirms with his example that the unwillingness to give up, the will to win does not know physical limitations.
Anton Skachkov’s life changed completely at the age of 13. An explosive device detonated in his hand. The young man started to train himself back in a hospital to regain at least some of the lost abilities and skills.
“Before the amputation, I was actively involved in gymnastics. With an injury, I could no longer return to gymnastics training but decided to try myself in sports for people with disabilities. I chose athletics and a year later I took part in the Ukrainian championship. I had a goal – to win the title of Paralympic champion. After ten years of performing for the national team, I became the champion of the Paralympic Games, the world record holder in the long jump”, says the athlete. Today he works as a coach at a sports school for disabled youth.
Red Line starts working in Ukraine and the first patient we will help in this country will be Anton Skachkov. The foundation paid for the production of the Ottobock prosthesis. We hope that the new prosthesis will help him both in his daily life and in his work as a coach.