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* Date : 2019-12-25

Korea Shares through Medicine: Respecting the Value of Life
Chapter 1. Survival

15-year-old Tabifa Yerzhanova from Kazakhstan. Unable to afford surgery, she applied for a state-funded treatment program, but her heart condition worsened as she waited for her turn to come up. Then, she was invited to participate in Korea’s medical charity program. After traveling for 10 hours to arrive in Korea, she headed directly to Andong Hospital in southern Korea. She has mitral regurgitation, an abnormal flow of blood from the heart that causes her to run out of breath even at the slightest movement. Her doctor decides to perform mitral valve surgery, a dangerous open-heart operation that require an extracorporeal blood circulator to function as her heart while the real heart is stopped. To Tabifa, this surgery is a fight for survival. Will she able to make her dream come true in this world?

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Chapter 2. Well-being

In this age of longevity, Korea’s medical charity programs share medical technologies that can fulfill mankind’s hope of living long and healthy lives. Buyandelger Oyun from Mongolia has been suffering from degenerative arthritis for the past ten years. Seven Uzbek patients couldn’t even walk on their own due to avascular necrosis in the femoral bones and degenerative arthritis. 17-year-old Vladislav Sarosek has a curved back from adolescent idiopathic kyphosis. These patients were provided with quality medical care from Medrex Hospital in Seoul, Bupyeong Himchan Hospital in Gyeonggi-do Province and Park Weon-wook Hospital in Busan. A new healthier and more enjoyable future awaits them as they undergo artificial joint replacement surgeries and posterior correction and screw fixation with fusion in these Korean hospitals.

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Chapter 3. Hope

Eight-year-old Quoc Bao Nguyen from Vietnam visited the emergency burn center at Hallym University Medical Center Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital. Despite his bright smile, it is evident he is suffering from a terrible disability. He fell into hot water at age 2 and has third-degree burns on 95% of his body. His ankles and knees contracted and became fused together over the years, making him wheelchair bound. As a part of Korea’s medical charity program, Hallym University Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital plans to perform an intricate surgery to straighten Quoc Bao’s joints and perform skin grafts from his back and head to cover the newly exposed joint areas. A Vietnamese health professional has also accompanied the boy to see and learn from the surgery. Quoc Bao still has many more surgeries to endure, but this is the first hopeful step toward a future in which he walks upright for the first time in his life.

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