Officials said that the then-16-year-old boy Vanya came home from school and found his mother, Natalia, stabbed multiple times. The unfortunate woman was covered in bl0od and their neighbour, Roman, reportedly straddled her lifeless body in an attempted ra-e, according to reports. The young boy then took a 6.6-lb dumbbell and managed to strike the intruder with the weight. Unfortunately, the attacker quickly took it out of the boy’s hands and began repeatedly bludgeoning the boy in the head with it. Luckily, neighbors heard the incident and called the authorities.
Although Roman managed to flee before authorities arrived, believing both his victims to be dead, he was later arrested for his crimes. Both the mother and the son were covered in blood until paramedics arrived and assessed the serious nature of their injuries. While Natalia recovered from her stab wounds, her son wasn’t as fortunate. Vanya suffered serious and irreversible brain damage due to his head being caved in by the dumbbell. Surgeons managed to save Vanya’s life but were forced to remove some of his brain and nearly all of the frontal bone of his skull in the process. Despite the fact that Vanya had sacrificed himself to save his beloved mother, the devotion wasn’t returned.
Instead of faithfully staying at her son’s bedside, Natalia reportedly abandoned Vanya in the hospital as he regained consciousness, Sky News reported. Per reports, the mother abandoned her savior-son Vanya in the hospital to fight for his life alone because she apparently “could not bring herself to see him because she blamed herself for the attack.” Before the attack she had continually asked Russian authorities to stop Roman, a convicted murderer who had been released from prison, from living near her family upon release.
After only visiting her son a few times, Natalia quickly became the subject of scorn. She only pleaded for a second chance when she received an opportunity to raise funds on television. Initially, Pronin was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison. However, after Vanya died, prosecutors filed an additional murder charge, accusing the attacker of contributing to his death. He currently awaits trial for this new charge. Despite his selfless and remarkable courage, Vanya died virtually alone, abandoned by his mother because of her own guilt. His story of incredible virtue and sacrifice is all that we have left with which to honor him. Dear readers, we are republishing this story amid recent reports that child abuse has surged in America during the pandemic.