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Mitko: Hello! Kiril: Hello!
Mitko: What is your name? Kiril: Kiril Goginov
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was strong and healthy, a normal boy. I’ve served in the army. I’ve graduated from high school.
Usual public school, nothing specialized or fancy.
After high school I served in the army and went through military training. However, as time went by, I got sick...
I used to work, but now I don’t have a job either.
I used to sell sunglasses and books. You know… after I was discharged from military service.
As a boy I used to do sports a lot. I played for CSKA – Cherveno Zname,
because I used to live nearby and my parents decided to enroll me in the local football (soccer) club.
As time went by I started to enjoy it and I played there for quite some time – I played football for 6 years.
I interrupted my playing career to go to military service.
First I graduated from high-school, then I finished military service, and then I had to start working.
A young man who has recently graduated from high-school doesn’t have many options in life. So I started selling books and sun-glasses.
And I was happy with my job. Until I got sick.
So what happened to your leg?
Well, this leg has varicose ulcers.
They are a result of thrombophlebitis of both legs.
And unfortunately, on the right leg, I also have arthritis of the hip bone,
which is why I use crutches as aiding devices - because I can’t put any pressure on my right leg.
And that used to be my healthy leg, but now it’s infected as well.
And a sickness never comes on its own.
From the pressure of just walking itself I have sores on my legs.
During the winter my lymph capillaries swelled.
They gave me pills, but the pills further infected my leg – the whole leg got swollen
and more sores appeared. These sores are gigantic now
and they’re dripping with pus. The doctors don’t know what has caused this process
There is some specific internal process in my own body that causes the swelling of my lymph capillaries, produces pus and so on.
Right now I’m taking this antibiotic and as a result my leg has swollen again.
Instead of reducing the pus in the leg, and to induce relief from the pain and everything
it has swollen all over again – and the healthy leg is infected.
I understand. Do you have any hope that your leg might improve?
Well, it can surely get better.
If I had no hope I wouldn’t be here on the streets.
If God is keeping me alive and allows me to breathe, I believe God is not going to abandon me.
Not me, and not any of His children. We are all God's children, so only God can help us.
With such hope one should never give up.
You go on.
You never know what miracle God might bring us.
Because I will neither be the first nor that last one whom God has helped.
He created us, and therefore he is not going to abandon us and let us die for nothing.
I accept my condition as a challenge and a challenge never by itself.
So I, for example, have undergone two – the one leg and then the other.
With God’s will I will overcome this.
With God’s help - I’m certain.
And what is more, there is a medical solution to my predicament, to these sicknesses.
Surgery on the pelvis and then a prostethic joint attached the hip bone.
I mean they replace it with a prosthetic one.
Afterwards, when the weight is equally distributed between the two legs, there won’t be such toil on each one of the legs.
The doctors say that from then on the injuries would begin to heal.
And then with bandages, antibiotics, and so on the condition of the legs would improve.
There is a medical solution. It’s about never giving up.
Thank you for the interview.
I thank you too. And may God be with us.