Plight of little boy touched readers’ hearts

Jim Gillies with Bohdan Sobolevski in Ukraine
Jim Gillies with Bohdan Sobolevski in Ukraine

THE FUTURE is looking brighter in 2012 for a vulnerable little Ukrainian boy – after Cumbernauld News readers rallied round to save his sight.

THE FUTURE is looking brighter in 2012 for one vulnerable little Ukrainian boy – after Cumbernauld News readers rallied round to save his sight.

Last year we told of impoverished little Bohdan Sobolevski and how a household accident looked set to leave him with the use of just one eye.

Fortunately for Bohdan, he was one of the children that well-known Abronhill-based aid worker Jim Gillies encountered when taking medical supplies to clinics.

The medical centres are where poverty-stricken victims of the radiation poisoning from Chernobyl are treated – nearly three DECADES after the catastrophe.

Following an appeal printed in this newspaper an anonymous donation was made to Jim – and Bohdan was able to have the operation at a point when the eye was still able to be treated.

For the full heartwarming story, see your News and Chronicle – out now.