You have never seen such a rural hospital as in the village of Holomerye, Gorodok district. In the offices - the most modern medical equipment, in the wards - good repair and satellite TV, in the corridors - pictures instead of boring medical bulletins. And the head physician Mikhail Samarin and his son, the therapist Konstantin Samarin, are called by the patients "geniuses", "wizards", etc. Here hundreds of people have been healed of hernias, back pain and joint pain, including famous politicians, artists, athletes, officials. TUT. Y visited the “hospital of last hope” - this is how the people called her, and learned how Samarin Sr., without any advertising, managed to make Kholomerya the center of medical tourism in the region and create a family dynasty of doctors, known far beyond the borders of Belarus.
Kholomerye is located in the border area: after about 10 km, if you go directly, - already Russia. The village is small and, alas, dying out. A little more than 200 people live here. For 15 years, the population has decreased by one hundred inhabitants. After the secondary school and kindergarten were closed, and the village council was moved to neighboring Virovlya, the forestry, post office, shop, club and hospital remained from the infrastructure.
The locals say directly: if it were not for the hospital and not for Dr. Samarina, all the roads to their Holomery would have long been overgrown with weeds. And so people constantly go and go to a small village - for salvation from diseases.
65-year-old Mikhail Samarin, who built the Kholomera hospital and gave it over 40 years, worries that his life's work may be "covered up" because of the hopelessness of the settlement.
- Today our village is nothing special for tourists, - says the head physician. - We have nothing but beautiful nature: around beautiful forests and 36 lakes. There are 31 villages in the hospital's service area. It turns out that there is almost a lake for each. But the beauty of nature alone, without investing money in local infrastructure, will not save the situation. Therefore, I am afraid to even think about what will happen to the hospital when I myself will no longer be able to work. One hope for his son is that he will not leave Holomerie.
With this TUT stuff. Y continues his project “I live” - about villages, agro-towns, settlements with interesting (and sometimes even funny!) Names, where there are no hypermarkets, parks, restaurants and bars, sometimes even schools and jobs. But there are people - those small and sometimes invisible Personalities who live in our country with you: they are born, get married, raise children, meet guests, look for work, bury old people - and love their homeland very much. This project is not about pop and polished tourist routes, these are stories about real Belarus and real Belarusians, but also about sincere love for the place where you were born, grew up and stay for some reason or in spite of everything.
Mikhail Samarin was born in Vitebsk. Father, Abram Sparber, was an honored front-line soldier, director of secondary school No. 15 (now - gymnasium No. 1), and mother, Irina Samarina, was a midwife in a maternity hospital.
- The post-war kids didn't have much toys. Mom brought me from work now a broken stethoscope, now an old syringe, now a beautiful package for medicine. Therefore, I wanted to become a doctor in early childhood.
After the medical institute, the young doctor could stay in Vitebsk, in the regional clinical hospital.
- I came to the internship, they gave me two wards. I have a brutal desire to work and good contact with patients. But the authorities come and they begin: “Misha, run there! Misha, bring that ... ”I understood: there will be no independence. And he made a decision, unexpected for everyone - to leave for the village. I wanted romance - to be a "Chekhovian" doctor. Parents are shocked! And then they laughed: they say, he will stay there for a month or two and run away. But it turned out that the rural hospital is mine. And now I have been living in the village for 42 years.
About Kholomerye Samarin heard from his mentor - the vice-rector of the medical institute and the dean of the medical faculty Yevgeny Nepokoichitsky.