Surgery and recovery for Marija

Update - February 2017


Maria and Ivan had a car accident while on honeymoon in Tunisia in July 2014.

There were 7 of them in a large jeep coming back from a day trip. The reckless driver didn’t see a parked van and steered the wheel abruptly to the side of the road.

The jeep tumbled over several times.

Ivan suffered multiple fractures of his left arm whereas Maria suffered a severe fracture of C3 C4 vertebrae and a complete spinal-cord injury.
The other tourists and the driver were not injured.

After complicated operation and a few days in coma, Maria spent more than a half year on mechanical ventilation and life supporting machines.
She couldn’t breathe on her own, swallow, eat, sit nor talk. She communicated with her family giving eye signals.

In such a state, she spent 6 months in an intensive care units both in Tunisia and in Belgrade, Serbia. When doctors realised her diaphragm restored some function, they started taking her off the mechanical ventilation gradually and slowly.

In January 2015, Maria started breathing on her own yet with the help of tracheostomy tube (an artificial opening of a trachea).

Ever since then she has had a tracheostomy tube due to the loss of coughing reflex and inability to clean her lungs of excessive mucus.

Maria spent 18 months in different hospitals and is still paralysed from the neck down, has a tracheostomy tube, urinal catheter and loss of bodily sensations.

She is able to sit now in an inclined wheelchair but is totally dependent on other people’s care and support.

Her Current diagnose: Tetraplegia spastica, incontinentia urinae, traheostoma facta.

In order to restore at least some of the basic functions and arm movements, Maria is advised to undergo several stem cells treatments in Russia and intensive physical therapy in specialised SCI recovery centres in the USA (Project Walk).

1st stem cell treatment is about €30,000 while every other is about €10,000.

Her trainings, accommodation, transport and all other costs for the USA are estimated to be about €50,000.

A total of at least €100,000 is needed for these treatments and therapies.

We want to help her achieve her goal and move „at least right arm“ as she says and raise money for rehabilitation in both Russia and the USA.

The accounts are still active so please DONATE AND SHARE!

Account: DBDBRSBG Banca Intesa ad Beograd, Milentija Popovica 7b 11070 New Belgrade, Serbia,

IBAN RS35160543020066131484 Milosevic, Branislava Nusica 8/35, 11300 Smederevo, Serbia


Two of my friends and coleagues Ivan and Marija, just had an extremely severe car accident while on vacation in Tunis.

He's just been operated and is stable, but Marija suffered fracture of her spine, and is in critical condition.

We are rising money to help them pay the medical bills and get safe transportation back home once they are stable.

These two are some of the nicest people you could ever meet, and the tragedy is even bigger knowing they were married for less than a year.

Please help them go through this dissaster as easy as possible.

You can see their facebook profiles here: - Marija - Ivan

You can read about in Serbian media:

Unfortunately there is no english version, but you can use google translate.

Thank You

Alex Jagi


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