‘She thinks she’s coming for weeks, but she’ll only ever go home in spirit’ – Meath’s family rush to Ukraine to have grandma


A WOMAN leaves Meath this morning to rescue her mother and 98-year-old grandmother from war-torn Ukraine.

Uba Healy, her husband Eugene and their 13-year-old son Francis are on their way from Trim to “barter 40 boxes of groceries for their family” and finally bring their grandma Galina and mother Nina (70) home.

“She thinks she’s coming to Ireland for a few weeks, but we know she’ll only be going home in spirit,” said one businesswoman of her 98-year-old grandma.

The Healy family must make the dangerous trek across the Polish border and into Ukraine to meet the convoy. The Ukrainian driver is not allowed to leave the country as he is of legal age to fight in the war.

The family set off in a jeep and RV this morning to be blessed by a local priest and they hope to be home early next week.

Luba eventually persuaded her mother and grandmother to leave their hometown of Haivoron with a promise that she would drive them back when the war was over.

In recent months, Nina has pushed Galina to air raid shelters in a wheelbarrow and carried her on her back to secure basement rooms.

“Mom got very scared when the local mayor closed all the cemeteries after the Russians threatened to bomb them,” Luba said

“So she finally broke down and said she was coming to Ireland. My grandma only agreed when I promised to bring her back once the war was over

“My grandma thinks she’s coming over here for a few weeks but she’s 98 so I think we all know she won’t be coming back. She will only go home in spirit to be buried with my grandfather.

“I have arranged a minibus for her and a driver to take her from Haivoron to the border, but the driver is over 18 and under 65 and is not allowed to leave the country because he is of fighting age.

“So we have to go to Ukraine to get her and seven others. I will trade nearly 40 boxes of provisions that the driver will bring back to Haivoron for the remaining residents.

“We got the local priest to bless our trip and I’ll be driving the Jeep with my 13-year-old son Francis, who has AC/DC and Guns n Roses music so that’s going to be fun,” she laughed

“The journey home will be slower. I trained as a nurse in Ukraine, so I will be there to give my mother or grandma any medication she needs.

“I’m terrified of traveling to get her safely out of Ukraine but I’m so excited to finally see my mum and grandma and please god bring her home to Meath.

“I look forward to introducing them to the wonderful people at Trim who have shown me that this is my home and have helped and supported me in everything since I came here 22 years ago – before this horrific time was spoken of .” ‘She thinks she’s coming for weeks, but she’ll only ever go home in spirit’ – Meath’s family rush to Ukraine to have grandma

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