Norik, a way after the bullet

Norik is a 38-year-old Armenian who was wounded in the Nagorno-Karabakh war which pitted Armenia against Azerbaijan. He voluntarily went to the war on 27 September 2020, because he believed that he had to defend the land that always had been populated by Armenians. On 8 November 2020, Norik was in Sushi. There he tried to help a wounded soldier with the misfortune that a bullet crossed his path and hit his spinal cord. For five hours he lay on the ground unable to move until the medical services arrived.

That bullet changed his life forever. After several months in hospital he went to the Rehabilitation Centre for Defenders of the Motherland. Norik arrived at the rehabilitation centre in May and began his return to a different life, confined to a wheelchair. At the centre, Norik spent four months exercising in order to achieve mobility improvements.

After finishing at the Rehabilitation Centre for Defenders of the Motherland, Norik returned home, with his parents, in Abovyan. He is a young man with a lot of energy, and from the first moment he knew he would never be the same again, he wanted to prepare himself to continue his life.