Fri, 05/04/2012

Russian athlete back in training after treatment at MLK

"I am so happy, I feel fantastic again!”, Alexey R. (24) is gleaming. “I have been in good hands here at Martin Luther Hospital and would like to thank all doctors, nurses and staff of PGD International very much!" Alexey R. is overjoyed that the pain in his shoulders and knees is gone. The two-meter-man, a professional athlete, is from the Siberian city of Surgut. He plays volleyball at the club "Gazprom Ugra", his change in the national team is perfect. Since he was seven years old, for the 24-year-old athlete there is only sport, regular training determines his life. "So I was very worried when the pain appeared. I almost panicked because I was afraid that this would mean the end of my career." In Berlin Ludmilla Khaertdinova, Senior Manager at PGD International and there responsible for Russian-speaking patients, took care of him. Ludmilla Khaertdinova tells how Alexey found his way to Berlin: "Alexeys coach called us and asked for immediate and unbureaucratic help. So we organized everything within two days - the visa, the immigration formalities, the shuttle from the airport, accommodation, etc. It all had to go so fast because he was already scheduled to train with the national team in May."

A sports injury in the shoulder and congestion problems in the knees were diagnosed and treated by Prof. Wolf Petersen, chief physician at the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Martin Luther Hospital, and his team. Professor Petersen: "We are delighted that patients from around the world trust us and come to us for treatment." The hospital – among others – is specialized in the treatment of athletes.

After two weeks Alexey R. was allowed to return home. At the very same evening the first training session was already scheduled. "The problems in my shoulder and knees are gone. During my stay at Martin Luther Hospital I always felt comfortable and safe, especially because I could communicate all the time in Russian and was taken care of by native speakers." Before he left Martin Luther Hospital and Berlin he shared with us what he was looking forward to the most when coming home: "To see Ekatharina again, my wife. We have been married for three years and I have not seen her for quite a long time yet!"