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Meet Davit; the Ever-Smiling, Double Amputee Veteran of the Four-Day War

Special for the Armenian Weekly

VOSKEVAN, Armenia (A.W.)—As I write this, Armenian settlements in Armenia’s northeast region of Tavush—specifically those along the road leading to the village of Voskevan—are being monitored and targeted by Azerbaijani forces.

Davit Grigoryan and his grandmother (Photo: The Armenian Weekly)

Davit Grigoryan—who has heard sounds of Azerbaijani gunfire since the say he was born—was there in April defending the front lines during the Four-Day War.

He lost both his legs in an injury.

During his time in the hospital, he kept on smiling and quickly became everyone’s favorite. He says that he was smiling because of the attention and care he was receiving in the hospital. In reality, he was living in complete fear during those days because he was beginning to understand that his life had changed forever.

He never thought or even considered the possibility of walking again, but now, seven months later, he is taking strides with his new prostheses.

“Initially, it was very difficult to walk, and I could not adjust to the crutches. I do not even need them anymore and I’m able to walk and even run alone,” Davit says.

Family members would jokingly complain that Davit would spend half the day driving. “I want to be in many places at once and I want to be able to move quickly. During my first days in the hospital, I thought that I would not be able to do any of this. But now I know that I can do anything,” Davit explains, always smiling like he did in the hospital.

Davit is currently looking for work. When asked what type of job he would be able to do in the village, he answers clearly and confidently: “There is a military unit nearby where I can become a contract soldier. I’ll be able to go serve the army and go to the trenches to do what all the men in my village are capable of doing. My father served the army for 27 years. The prostheses do not bother me at all.”

David’s grandparents were not surprised to hear his thoughts about serving. They explain how during his time of service, their grandson was encouraged to take a break four times, but refused.

‘Initially, it was very difficult to walk, and I could not adjust to the crutches. I do not even need them anymore and I’m able to walk and even run alone,’ Davit says. (Photo: The Armenian Weekly)

There were troubling, dark days, but they have passed since.

“My grandson is already walking and will continue to live a normal and safe life,” Davit’s grandfather Levon says, reminiscing about how Davit was the fastest woodcutter in the home.

Though his life will never be the same, the important part is that he is now reunited with his family.

And the burning spirit in the Grigoryan home will not soon fade.

“We started working on needed repairs our home, but progress has been slow. Davit would do most of the work before, but now he can’t,” Davit’s grandfather says.

Davit’s mother Armenouhi says that she cannot remember her first steps but is sure that Davit will never forget his.

“On the day he took his first steps, Davit said, ‘Mom, promise me that you will not cry.’ But after seeing my son walk again, I could not hold back my tears,” she explains.

In the hospital, Davit met a girl named Meline who was visiting a wounded relative. They began dating after that and they will soon be married. Until then, Davit is expected to have another surgery.

There have been many complications along the way, but all will be normal again soon enough.

 

This report was filed by the Armenian Weekly’s contributor in Armenia/NKR Ani Avetyan.

 

5 Comments on Meet Davit; the Ever-Smiling, Double Amputee Veteran of the Four-Day War

  1. avatar Nora Yacoubian // December 14, 2016 at 1:06 am // Reply

    Davit’s story is a testimony of the heroism and unwavering loyalty that our soldiers have in protecting and defending our Homeland. His positive spirit is an inspiration to all…
    Thank you Ani for this uplifting article. May God hear our
    Prayers for peace in the Homeland, and for a speedy recovery for Davit.

  2. avatar Aram Melconian // December 14, 2016 at 7:46 am // Reply

    Reading about Davit while I’m holidaying in the Caribbean reminded me of the fortunes of some and those of others. Davit is a shining example of how humans can adapt to difficult including dangerous situations and deal with them. Apart from some luck (to have survived) and also help from medical experts Davit has the enviable mix of bravery, love of family and country, humility, positivity, will to help others, self-denial and Hope.
    All of this and more despite the loss of both legs.
    Davit could teach a lot of financially well to do but misguided self indulgent individuals a few fundamental lessons in life.
    Armenia and the rest of the world need more people with Davit’s qualities. I’m sure I speak for many when I say I envy, admire and salute Davit for being what he is, and wish him long life of happiness with his future wife.

  3. Kudos to ArmenianWeekly for not letting Diaspora forget these heroic young men.

    Without patriots like them – no Artsakh, and then no Armenia.
    And without Mother Armenia as the anchor, we in Diaspora will gradually drift away and disappear in the fast oceans of foreign lands.

  4. Davit’s courage and dedication to the homeland should be read by every Armenian. God Bless this young man for thanking those help him in his recovery. This story needs to be repeated to every person and include him their prayers and all our people defending the ancestral homeland.

  5. Real hero.

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