Ten children with congenital heart diseases undergo surgery as part of charity campaign backed by the You are Not Alone Foundation and French Association La Chaine de l’Espoir

24 Sep 2016

vrachiAs part of a charity campaign backed by the You are Not Alone Foundation, the French association La Chaine de l’Espoir and the State Surgery Centre of Uzbekistan, a group of French medical experts visited Tashkent on 14-20 September to examine, provide consultations for and perform surgical procedures on children from low-income families with congenital heart diseases.

A team of French medical experts – comprising cardiologist Olivier Baron, anaesthetist Ariane De Windt, cardiologist Nodir Benbrik, resuscitation specialist Jean-Michel Liet, nurse Eleonore Le Guennec and perfusionist Louis Merian – jointly with their Uzbek colleagues performed 10 complex heart operations and provided consultations to about 40 children whose parents had turned to our charity for help.

This is the fourth visit by medical experts from the association La Chaine de l’Espoir to Tashkent. The French experts visited Uzbekistan in July and December 2015, as well as in April 2016. With the You are Not Alone foundation’s financial support, in May 2016 a group of Uzbek children with complex heart conditions were sent to France to undergo surgery in a hospital of the French city of Nantes.

In all, twenty one children with complex heart conditions from orphanages and low-income families in Uzbekistan have undergone surgery since the start of collaboration between our charitable organization and the French association La Chaine de l’Espoir.

With the You are Not Alone Foundation’s backing, in March a group of Uzbek doctors visited the Nantes paediatrics centre to improve their practical knowledge and skills in the new developments and techniques used in paediatric cardiac surgery and cardiac intensive care.

The You are Not Alone Foundation is a charitable organization which was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive assistance and support to children left without parental care. The charity’s primary goals are to promote progress among orphaned and abandoned children and to provide them with better access to comprehensive education, as well as to offer assistance in healthcare and psychological support.

The charity also provides assistance in the treatment of children with serious medical conditions from low-income families.