Young Iraqi heart patient Arzinda

Young Iraqi-Yazidi Refugee Undergoes Heart Surgery in Armenia


YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Surgeons at Yerevan’s Nork Marash Medical Center successfully completed a 10-hour congenital heart defect surgery on February 25 on a 3-year-old Iraqi girl who was brought to Armenia for the procedure.

The hospital said in a news release that after the successful surgery the child is currently in the intensive care unit and is breathing without assisted ventilation.

Arzinda was born to a family of Iraqi Yazidi refugees. She was 6 months old when her family found out about her heart condition. Arzinda already had one operation to stabilize her condition before her recent surgery. The more complicated heart surgery for her could not take place in Iraq.

Mirza Dinnayi receives a medal as Aurora Humanitarian from the 2011 Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate and Aurora Selection Committee member Leymah Gbowee (Aram Arkun photo)

The 2019 Aurora Prize laureate Mirza Dinnayi and his Luftbrücke Irak (Air Bridge Iraq) organization (where he serves as director and co-founder), and support from the Aurora Prize, Arzinda was transported to Yerevan few days ago to be treated at the Nork Marash hospital. She underwent a comprehensive examination before the surgery.

Minister of Healthcare Arsen Torosyan, Member of Parliament Rustam Bakoyan, Armenian Ambassador to Iraq Hrachya Poladyan and the Nork Marash Medical Center have also greatly assisted the child and her mother in traveling to Armenia and receiving the necessary treatment.


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