Three Uzbek children with complex congenital heart disease underwent successful surgery in France last month with the financial support of Timur Tillyaev and Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva’s foundation ‘You Are Not Alone’.
Surgeons from the Pediatric Clinic of Nantes operated on four-year-old Sevinch Umaraliyeva, ten-year-old
Komilakhon Sultankhanova from eastern Namangan region, and ten-year-old Alibek Abdullayev from the town of Urgench in Khorezm, with each operation lasting around 8-10 hours.
Alibek, who suffers from a very complex heart condition, was here for a second time, his first operation having taken place at the same hospital in March 2017 with the support of our charity.
During their treatment in France, the children were accompanied by their mothers and grandmother, as the presence, support and care of loved ones is very important for them during such a traumatic and challenging event. To facilitate the parents’ communication with French health workers, we also provided them with a translator so that medical experts could keep parents constantly updated on their child’s progress.
Following their surgery, the children receive post-operative treatment in the French hospital for four to six weeks. Due to the complexity of their condition, the children were kept under medical supervision by the Foundation’s health worker during the Tashkent-Paris flight.
Since 2015, with the financial backing of the You Are Not Alone foundation, leading French doctors have performed around 100 complex heart operations on children from mercy homes (orphanages) and low-income Uzbek families, 16 of which were in France.