Tuesday 25 April 2017

Celebrities drawing up plans to raise funds for maimed artist

Alexandra
Trotsenko's
injured hand
Alexandra Trotsenko's injured hand

Edel O'Connell

CELEBRITIES and sports stars are coming to the aid of an artist who suffered horrific injuries from an unprovoked knife attack that almost killed her.

Joe Duffy, Ryan Tubridy, and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan have all donated artworks for an auction organised to help Alexandra Trotsenko (39), who lost three fingers in the attack by a burglar in her north Dublin apartment in September 2009.

Ms Trotsenko, who is married to an Irishman, had made a career illustrating children's books, but has been unable to work since the attack.

She has been told that prosthetic fingers will cost upwards of €10,000, but she cannot afford the bill because she has no medical card or health insurance.

After hearing of her plight, a number of high-profile celebrities, fellow artists and the general public have been donating items for the 'Art for Alexandra' auction later this month.

An account has also been set up for donations.

Ms Trotsenko this week evoked a strong emotional response from the Irish public when she spoke on on RTE's 'Liveline' programme about her terrifying ordeal.

She was in her apartment when she was attacked and left for dead by James Kenny, who forced his way in.

Kenny, of Eden Block, Prospect Hill, Finglas, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the attack earlier this week.

"I wanted to close the door but compared to his size I'm little so I can't really resist. He just pushed me away and came in," said Ms Trotsenko.

The artist told how Kenny savagely attacked her with knives and a machete, leaving her for dead before going across to a nearby shopping centre in an attempt to get money out of an ATM using her bank card.

She was knocked unconscious for two hours and when she awoke she could not tell if her attacker was still in her home.

"I was not supposed to survive. He tried to kill me. I could hardly get out of the building but I knew I had to," she said.

She managed to drag herself up and ran to the nearby Ardmore Hotel from where she was rushed to the Mater Hospital.

Her teeth were broken, her fingers hacked off, and she had a serious head injury and extensive wounds all over her body.

Doctors battled to save her fingers but were able to fully re-attach just one.

The artist did not tell her elderly parents -- her father has a heart condition -- what had happened for two months as she was afraid it would kill them.

The Russian national, who has lived in Ireland since 2006, has an 11cm scar across her neck.

However, she considers herself lucky because Kenny's knife missed her spinal cord by just 3mm.

The Art for Alexandra auction will take place in Adam's Auction House, Blackrock, Co Dublin, on November 27.

Donations can also be made to the Bank of Ireland 'Liveline' account at the Montrose branch -- account number 70546818, sort code 90-13-51.

Irish Independent

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