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May 2, 2021
Meet the Doctors for Artsakh:
Dr. Karine Tarkhanyan
Dr. Karine
Pediatrician Karine Tarkhanyan, 61 (shown at right), has worked at Arevik Children’s Hospital in Stepanakert for the past 38 years, 10 of which she headed the hospital’s pediatric department. The recent Artsakh War changed her life, leaving her on the brink of despair until recently when she found renewed strength to return to Artsakh.  
Karine never would have guessed that the war would have dragged on for 44 days and would result in a painful defeat and a great loss of life and territory, particularly in Shushi, one of her most beloved places in Artsakh. She found out that she had treated many of the soldiers who had died in the war when they were children.  
“I have spent all of my professional life working at the children’s hospital. I dedicated my life to treating and caring for children, many of whom are now gone. It’s hard for me to meet with their parents and even more difficult for me to look into their eyes. Their children were part of a generation of clever, handsome and driven boys who had had dreams and aspirations,” she said. 
When the war ended Karine visited Stepanakert twice, but she couldn’t convince herself to go to her beloved hospital or stay in the city; it was too hard for her. After all of the losses from the war, she became too emotional even upon entering the hospital.   
Dr Karine with child
A month ago, for the third time in a row, she was accepted into AAHPO’s Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) implemented by Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), and founded by the late Raffy Hovanessian, MD. Through a new project that is part of the CME program -- Doctors for Artsakh -- Karine and other doctors are preparing to return to Artsakh to provide critically-needed health care. Karine (shown at left with young patient) has been working on enhancing her knowledge and skills in pediatric allergies during a four-week-training at Arabkir Medical Center in Yerevan.  
CME, she said, has given her new hope. When Karine completes CME she will return to Stepanakert, as now, more than ever, the Artsakhi children need her back in Stepanakert: “I receive dozens of calls from parents of my patients who ask me to go back.”  
Please donate now to support the CME program and the Doctors for Artsakh project. Please rest assured that the impact of your donation will reach those who need it most. 
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The High Cost of Prosthetic Limbs

This Boston Marathon bombing survivor is on a mission to give fellow amputees the prosthetic legs insurance won't cover
Eight years ago, on April 15, 2013, Heather Abbott set out on an annual tradition with friends in Boston. They attended a Red Sox game and then decided to walk over to watch the Boston Marathon.
Prosthetic-Heather Abbott
Soon after, their fun day turned into a nightmare. Abbott (shown at right in a recent photo with her prosthetic running blade) was standing near the finish line when two bombs exploded, one after another, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

Abbott was impacted by the second blast and blown into a nearby restaurant.

"I kind of came to and I saw people just frantically running by me," she said. "I could see blood on the ground and a smoky haze and a ringing in my ears. And my foot felt like it was on fire."

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Lawrence V. Najarian, MD, President
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