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A British dad who left his girlfriend for a Ukrainian refugee has given up work to become her full time carer after she became partially blind.
Tony Garnett, 29, became 22-year-old Sofiia Karkadym's sponsor but left his partner and children just over a week after she arrived at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The Ukrainian beauty was accused of being a "homewrecker" and Tony recently revealed that former long-term girlfriend Lorna, 28, has banned him from seeing his two children.
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Now, in another twist, Sofiia's condition, similar to an amoeba, has damaged her vision and said she now needs six months to recover after surgery.
The refugee suffered an eye infection in Germany en-route to the UK after fleeing her home in the city of Lviv under Vladimir Putin's brutal invasion.
Tony said it was the "right thing to do" to give up work to look after her.
And defending their relationship, Tony insisted Sofiia is "no homewrecker" and that she has been unfairly accused of breaking up his relationship when they fell in love.
"People are painting her as a villain who has come to the UK and stolen a British man. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was a mutual decision," he told the Metro.
"It wasn’t as if we had met each other and decided then and there to move out. I was leaving regardless, because I’d had enough of Lorna who took against Sofiia straight away.
"There was a lot of drama and a lot of stress when we lived with Lorna.
"I just wanted to take Sofiia away and look after her, I wanted to help someone who was fleeing from Ukraine. She’s not a homewrecker."
Despite facing a torrent of online abuse every day, Tony said the new couple are doing "brilliantly" together.
However the pair have faced financial difficulties following Sofiia's eye operation.
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Tony said their long term goals have not changed adding that the pair hope to go into business.
The ex-tattoo artist said Sofiia could work in beauty or IT as she finishes the final modules of a university management qualification.
He describes himself as a musician and is putting material together to share online based on his experiences of finding love with Sofiia.
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