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 15-year-old Kharkiv native Mykola Miroshnychenko grew up skilled pianist despite disability and being refused by 19 music schools. VIDEO

Kharkiv native Mykola Miroshnychenko is a skilled pianist now. But 10 years ago, not a single music school was willing to accept him over his disability - Nicola could not move his fingers and arms. When he was born, Miroshnychenko survived two brain attacks that led to his paralysis.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.
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Miroshnychenko was paralyzed, and doctors said he would either die or be a disabled person. His mother, Antonina, decided she would fight for him: first for his life, then for his right to study piano.

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The idea to improve the motor skills of Mykola's fingers came from his father, Mykola Saraiev, although the man is not a musician.

"To restore his movements and energy I thought I would teach him to play piano," says Mykola Saraiev.

The family calls their boy in a French manner, Nicola. He is now a coveted participant of regional and international music festivals and contests. But several years ago, not a single music school in Kharkiv wanted to accept Nicola as a student over his disability.

Nicola plays piano several times a day, and this also helps him to improve his fingers' movements. He is now taught by Mykhailo Levandovskyi, an experienced teacher from Kharkiv music school No. 2. They prepare the boy to enter a music college.
 
 
 
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