Lyudmila, wife of the firefighter Vasily Ignatenko, faced a heartbreaking two weeks watching her husband die in agony. And it's all so very mine!". Find exactly what you're looking for! 'Of course I thought it was fake, some sort of fraud,' she said, saying that the Russia-Ukraine conflict had added to her suspicion. Vasily and Lyudmila Ignatenko. PETER WALKER: Are slim people ALWAYS fitter than fatties? The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Here are 4 things you didn't know. But in fact, the true story of Vasily Ignatenko and his wife Lyudmilla Ignatenko was even more harrowing than the show depicts. ', Dramatisation: Lyudmila was by her husband's bedside in hospital, in a scene depicted in the HBO series which was released earlier this year (above), Depicted: Lyudmila looks at her dramatised self in the HBO series. https://www.mamamia.com.au/lyudmilla-ignatenko-chernobyl-pregnancy The HBO series was written to terrify people about nuclear power, not necessarily to tell the truth (they also misrepresented a helicopter crash. IMDb's advanced search allows you to run extremely powerful queries over all people and titles in the database. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2005/apr/25/energy.ukraine A widow reacts to criticism over losing her baby in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. No hugging or kissing. Lyudmila Ignatenko was the wife of Vasily Ignatenko , a firefighter. She attended the hospital daily to take care of him and … HBO disputes this account, telling the BBC that producers had 'multiple exchanges' with Lyudmila 'before, during and after' the filming of the series. Up to 350,000 people were not evacuated from the surrounding areas for 36 hours after the initial explosion. Lyudmila Ignatenko is a very religious person. You have half an hour,'" she recalled the doctor saying. They were the last flowers he brought me,' the real-life Lyudmila recalls. Proof the Pfizer Covid vaccine works in the real world? They went off just as they were, in their shirt sleeves. "'If you start crying, I'll kick you out right away. They had been married in 1958. 'There were people hounding me at my flat,' she said, saying she had not given permission to HBO or Sky to be featured in the series. Today, the death toll from Chernobyl is still unknown. Lyudmila is, of course, referencing the events shown in the Chernobyl series. We didn't know anything about radiation then. No one told them [about the risk of radiation].”. 6, to whom 22-year-old Lyudmila, Vasily Ignatenko’s wife, did not tell about her situation after learning of her pregnancy, said that she, in fact, was sitting “near the open reactor”. She went through a heartbreaking experience where she saw her husband for two weeks dying in agony. Tatiana Ignatenko was a collective farm fieldworker, and Ivan Ignatenko a tractor, and later truck, driver. Lyudmila Ignatenko was pregnant in 1986 when her firefighter husband was among the first-responders to the infamous Ukraine nuclear disaster. Lyudmilla Ignatenko, wife of deceased fireman Vasily Ignatenko I'm sitting on my little chair next to him at night. Please sign in to contribute to the Mamamia Community. He was the third child of Tatiana Petrovna Ignatenko and Ivan Tarasovish Ignatenko. Lyudmila was seven months pregnant when her husband died. 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His skin started cracking on his arms and legs. Emotional: Lyudmila Ignatenko revealed tearfully how her firefighter husband gave her flowers from his hospital bed before he died of radiation poisoning, Family: Lyudmila and her husband Vasily (pictured on their wedding day with their family) were expecting their first child at the time of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Post continues after video. ⓘ Vasily Ignatenko. In addition, more than five million have lived in radiated land around the area in the 33 years since. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. 'I shall remember until the end of my life how we stood by the window together. Lyudmilla Ignatenko was sleeping when her new husband, a firefighter, said he was going to the Chernobyl reactor to put out a fire. Portrayal: Jessie Buckley in the role of Lyudmila, who says she was not consulted - but HBO said they had 'multiple exchanges' with her and say she never voiced concerns, Tearful: Lyudmila recalled how she stayed with Vasily in hospital where he gave her carnations from under his pillow, but died painfully of radiation poisoning two weeks after the accident, Mourning: Lyudmila Ignatenko at a ceremony in 1990, four years after the nuclear radiation disaster which killed her husband, Disaster: The ruined Chernobyl nuclear power plant in May 1986, weeks after the explosion whose radioactive effects are still felt today, Clean-up: Workers in protective clothing in Pripyat earlier this month where a new structure has been put in place to contain the radioactive remains of the power plant. She was pregnant at the time and ignored the hospital's orders to stay away from her beloved, so when she gave birth some months later the baby died soon after birth, being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congenital heart disease. The comments below have not been moderated. Jewish people from around the world gather to celebrate the... Rudy Giuliani reveals what he discovered on Ukraine trip,... 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She stayed with him in hospital where he gave her carnations from under his pillow, but died painfully of radiation poisoning two weeks after the accident. In 14 days, a person dies.". A few years later Ludmila gave birth to a son - as they say, for herself. Now he is 26. In the new HBO series, Chernobyl, the rapid decline of Vasily’s health is depicted in gruesome detail. “Every day I met a brand-new person,” she told Ukrainian journalist Svetlana Alexievitch for her book Voices from Chernobyl. Lyudmilla trained in medicine and worke… Lyudmila Ignatenko was pregnant with her first child when her husband Vasily hurried to the scene of the 1986 nuclear disaster. "The burns started to come to the surface. "There wasn't any time to think, there wasn't any time to cry. Around 116,000 people were permanently evacuated from the exclusion zone around the power plant, with villages and towns left to go to ruin. But when Lyudmilla finally reunited with her husband in a Moscow hospital, she knew something was terribly wrong. Lyudmila said she had only seen a few snippets of the series on Ukrainian TV. Adam Nagaitis played Vasily Ignatenko, the firefighter who was first on the scene to put out the blaze on the roof. In just 24 hours, the 25-year-old had become completely unrecognisable. In her husband's last days, Lyudmilla was completely unaware of the threat her husband could have on herself and their unborn child. In one of the opening scenes of HBO's miniseries "Chernobyl," a firefighter named Vasily Ignatenko is called to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to put out a … 'He stood up and gave me three carnations from underneath his pillow. No one When Vasily was called to the Chernobyl reactor in the middle of the night to put out a fire, it just seemed like any other fire. A widow who inspired a central character in HBO's Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired, revealing tearfully how her firefighter husband gave her flowers from his hospital bed before he died of radiation poisoning. Lyudmilla was an infection threat to Vasily, not vice versa. Published: 04:17 EST, 23 December 2019 | Updated: 09:04 EST, 23 December 2019. In the weeks that followed, more than 100 people, the majority being firefighters who were first on the scene, developed acute radiation syndrome. In his mouth, on his tongue, his cheeks – at first there were little lesions, and then they grew. His wife, Lyudmilla Ignatenko, exposed herself to radiation, not understanding the danger she was putting herself in. Lyudmila Ignatenko (pictured) was pregnant with her first child when her husband Vasily hurried to the scene of the 1986 nuclear disaster in what was then the Soviet Union. 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But when she finally gave birth, it all came to fruition. He became covered with boils. Israeli healthcare group says coronavirus infections have PLUNGED by at least 60% among vaccinated over-60s, COVID-19 positivity rate tops 10 percent in nearly a THIRD of all NYC zip codes as Gov. Ludmilla Ignatenko is a real person (Image: SKY) Ludmilla ignored instructions and also lied to nurses, telling them she had two children and was not pregnant at the time. He was one of the many firefighters who died as a result of acute radiation sickness following the disaster. The death toll from the explosion is widely disputed, but listed as 4,000 by the United Nations. She said she received a call from Moscow after the series had already been filmed, offering her $3,000 because she was featured in the show. Ignatenko had an older sister, Lyudmilla, a younger brother, Nikolai, and a younger sister, Natasha. In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, a safety test at the Chernobyl Nucelar power plant in the Ukraine went awry when a sudden power surge occurred. However, she did not believe the call was genuine and did not believe she would be offered $3,000 for doing nothing. Just seconds later, the surge caused the power plant to overheat, as a series of explosions to the equivalent of 500 nuclear bombs was set off. Chernobyl is the gripping new HBO drama people are rating higher than Game of Thrones. Ignatenko was summoned to the blaze but suffered severe poisoning from the radiation which was released into the atmosphere. Taking aim at HBO, she also revealed she had been 'hounded' since the series aired and claimed she had not been consulted, although HBO disputes this. Speaking to BBC News, Lyudmila said she had suffered abuse from viewers outraged that she had stayed in the hospital with her unborn baby, who lived for only four hours after being born. 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Ignatenko and her husband were newlyweds when he died in 1986. He died two weeks later. The five-part miniseries Chernobyl is available to watch now on Foxtel. Exactly two weeks after being brought to the Moscow hospital, Vasily died. Two months later, she went into labour but the baby survived only a few hours. So according to this article only 31 people died because of Chernobyl ? When he turned his head, there'd be a clump of hair left on the pillow," she told Alexievitch for her book. Lyudmila was by his bedside in hospital, in a scene depicted in the HBO series which was released earlier this year. "He was producing stools 25 to 30 times a day, with blood and mucous. Ignatenko shared her experience with author Svetlana Alexievich, for her Nobel prize-winning 2015 book Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. In just a few months, 29 of them died, with dozens more dying years later as a result of radiation-related cancers. If you're not already a Mamamia member, sign up (it's easy, we promise). Don't even get near him. New study by Boston researchers says you can blame it on your ethnicity. This isn’t true, although I have no doubt it’s what the State thought, the mother was told and believed. You can watch the official trailer for Chernobyl, right here. Over the next few weeks, as she visited him in his hospital bed, Lyudmilla watched her young husband rapidly deteriorate. “They [the firefighters] weren’t wearing their canvas gear. The reason they could not touch wasn’t because Vasily was radioactive but because his immune system was destroyed. really? Although Lyudmila praised the 'attention to detail' of the HBO series, she said she was left feeling 'hurt and uneasy' by the series, in which she was played by Jessie Buckley. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was the worst in history. The Moscow doctors of hospital No. Even after his death, his body still posed a major radioactive threat. But just four hours after their daughter, Natashenka, was born, the infant died. Radiation levels in the region are still too high for humans to live in, but some wildlife has returned to the area. She has never remarried since Vasily died, but did later raise a healthy child. "The only thing that saved me was [that] it happened so fast," Lyudmilla said. At eight I say: "Vasenka, I'm going for a little walk." After meeting with her husband for the first time, Lyudmilla, who was pregnant, was told by doctors that she could not touch Vasily. Following his death, Vasily was buried in a zinc casket under cement in Moscow. She claimed she had not been consulted and was left feeling 'hurt and uneasy' by the series. Lyudmila Ignatenko had been pregnant at the time, and was with her husband as … ), she told Ukrainian journalist Svetlana Alexievitch for her book. I thought my baby was safe inside me. Play it now. During the Chernobyl events, Lyudmilla was pregnant with her first child and the effects of being exposed to her husband’s levels of radiation unfailingly affected the unborn baby. Revealing how she had been criticised for 'killing her baby' by staying with her poisoned husband while pregnant, she said: 'How could I leave him? Vasily Ivanovich Ignatenko was a Soviet firefighter who was one of the first responders at the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, on … Vasily Ivanovich Ignatenko was born on 13th March, in the Brahin District of the Gomel Region of the Byelorussian SSR. She was offered an 'opportunity to participate in the storytelling process and to provide feedback', and never indicated she was unhappy, they claim. Just two months after Vasily died, the then-23-year-old went into labour while visiting his grave in Moscow. The baby girl, whose name was chosen by her father before his sudden death, died as a result of cirrhosis of the liver and congenital heart disease. Fourteen days. She was pregnant, … About suicide, although at times it became unbearably hard for her, there was not even a thought.
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