August 05, 2013, Regular Examination of Our Treated Patients
Armaveni Charitable Foundation and Yerevan Center of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction (YCLLR) regularly organizes a medical examination of patients, who passed the treatment in the scope of Standing Tall Program.
Today Ayvazyan Mariam, born in 1995, visited us (Diagnose: Sequel of hematogenic osteomyelitis, femur growing zone arrest, deformity, LLD 7 cm, limitation of knee ROM). She was operated on in 2009. Her sponsors were the Mr. and Mrs. Serzh and Rita Sargsyan.
Currently the patient has a little problem: contracture of left knee, which will improve after intensive physical therapy. Please, watch her video before and after the treatment:
March 21, 2013, Yerevan
On February 21, under general anesthesia we operated on Margarian Mery, DS: Congenital abnormality, atresia(defect of proximal part of femur), LLD 28cm, the last patient according to our agreement.
Despite significant technical difficulties and extremely complicated situation, we did our best to connect her undeveloped head of the femur to what left on proximal femur. Surgery lasted almost 7 hours. Now we don’t have much to do but activate her physically and prier for bone union. We will keep you informed about the further process.
We are pleased to inform you that on March 12, under general anesthesia, Nersesyan Alina, DS: Congenital malformation, deformity, shortening for 9cm, Coxa Valga from left, was operated on in Nairi medical center. Now she feels good and today she is discharged to outpatient treatment. During the whole treatment she will be under the constant care of the medical staff.
We are pleased to inform you that yesterday under general anesthesia, Karapetian David, DS: congenital pseudoarthrosis of left tibia, was operated in Nairi Medical Center.
According to the treatment plan, first step is to apply Ilizarov frame for gradually correction of severe deformity. Presumable duration of correction will be 2 months. Then second surgery to open adjustment (cooptation) of fragments and tibia cut for lengthening will be performed.
We told several times to parents and want to let you know that congenital pseudoarthrosis is very difficult curable problem and very unpredictable disease. We know this rare diagnosis pretty well, because this is Dr. Mirzoyan's PhD dissertation. It is worth to try, because alternative is amputation. We'll keep inform you about the progress. Today’s pictures are attached.
Next week we will operate on Nersessian Alina, she is in process of examination and we’ll keep inform you the day of surgery as well.
Treatment of Margarian Marry will start after, probably the following week.
On February 5, 2013, Vahan Grigoryan, DDS, his friends and Nshan Adjemian, the President of Hi-Am Charity Foundation, organized a fund raising event to support Armaveni Charitable Foundation for implementing its Standing Tall Program. It took place in Glendale Public Library Auditorium, II Floor, 222 E Harvard Str., Glendale, CA 91205. Armaveni Charitable Foundation presented a film about the patients who had already gotten their treatments free of charge. Everyone was impressed by the stunning results of the Foundation.
Thanks to generous participation of our compatriots in LA area, another 3 to 4 patients got financial support for their treatment. On behalf of patients’ families, Armaveni Charitable Foundation expresses feelings of appreciation to all who participated in this philanthropic event. Primary cases are being discussed, and soon the patients will be invited to Yerevan Center of Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction , where after medical and radiological examination they will undergo reconstructive surgeries and rehabilitation. According to the Foundation’s policy, the sponsors will be informed of the procedure on the day of the surgery and further progress.
Armaveni Charitable Foundation continues the implementation of the Standing Tall program.
On February 5 2013, Armaveni Charitable Foundation and the friends are planning to organize a fund raising event at Glendale Public Library, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, CA. Please, join us in this philanthropic event. Your participation and contribution will help needy people with various orthopedic problems recover completely and/or significantly improve their living standards.
For additional information, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 209-4660.
November 09, 2011, Coopereation with “The South Caucasian Railway” CJSC
Armaveni Charitable foundation continues to provide treatment to needy patient with orthopedic problems. Recently Armaveni Charitable Foundation has got agreement with “The South Caucasian Railway” CJSC to regular sponsorship for treatment for needy patients. Just in last month 2 of them have been operated and are in process of treatment. So far 6 patients have been treated with sponsorship of “The South Caucasian Railway” CJSC. On behalf of the patients we appreciate very much the cooperation with “The South Caucasian Railway” CJSC.
May 31, 2010, Yerevan Chamber Theater
Armaveni Charitable Foundation presentation was held at the Yerevan Chamber Theater. The event was dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of functioning of Standing Tall program and was timed to Children’s Protection Day. Rita Sargsyan, First Lady of Armenia, Haroutyun and Narine Koushkian, Seiran Ohanyan, the Minister of Defence, Roza Tsaroukian, Edward Mirzoyan, and other cultural, scientific and business representatives participated.
The goal of the event was to introduce the results of the foundation activity during the first decade. The guests witnessed those whom the foundation helped not only to recover their legs, but gave them a chance to live full-grown and happy lives. Mrs. Rita Sargsyan expressed her thanks to all, who participated or will participate in functioning of the foundation and said: "I realized, that it's big happiness to make other people happy." Many of the guests declared their readiness to sponsor treatment of patients on the waiting list of the foundation. Maxim Hakobyan, the General Manager of Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine granted $50000 to the Foundation for the treatment of patients. Naira Nahapetyan and Ara Aghababyan from Gyumri WPP, Vardan Baloyan, Gagik Tovmasyan, Gagik Shahverdyan, families of Shahbazyan and Manvelyan, Emma Vardanyan, Babayan Goar also expressed their readiness to sponsor the treatment of patients.
The Minister of Health Harutyun Kushkyan announced that in the project of national budget of Armenia for 2011 year a state program will be stipulated for sponsoring orthopedic operations of citizens from low-income families. The Minister of Defence promised overall support and assistance and noted that Standing Tall Program treats people not only physically, but also treats their hearts and souls.
To some philanthropists for their special involvement in the Standing Tall Program medals symbolizing the Foundation were awarded.
A banquet in the lobby was sponsored by Phoenicia restaurant.
On March 18, 2010 in the Narek Cultural and Educational Foundation in Los-Angeles Dr. Arshak Mirzoyan met with the participants of the Fund Raising which had taken place in Los-Angeles.
Dr. Mirzoyan informed those who were present about the progress of Armaveni Charitable Foundation for the last 2 years. It was mentioned that thanks to the active participation of First Lady of the Republic of Armenia Rita Sargsyan, The South Caucasus Railways (SCR) Company, the administration of JSC “Gyumri Beer and Hops” company, children and teenagers from the waiting list are actively getting their treatment. And with it, there are still lots of young adults in the waiting list. This is the age when they can set up their families, get jobs and become full-fledged members of the society in case of complete recovery. It was informed that Armaveni Charitable Foundation is going to bend every effort to intensive treatment of the patients of this age group.
Nshan Adjemian, the chairman of Hi-Am Charitable Foundation, spoke at the meeting. He mentioned that the cooperation with the Armaveni Charitable Foundation is one of the most important areas for Hi-Am Charitable Foundation.
Armaveni Charitable Foundation staff visited Gyumri in the scope of “Standing Tall” program. In “Berlin” polyclinic the doctors examined 18 patients from low–income families, with different orthopedic diseases. Eight of them have been put on a waiting list for free treatment. The administration of JSC “Gyumri Beer and Hops” company made a decision to sponsor the treatment of five patients. December 21, 2009 Mr. Misak Balasanian and Dr. Arshak Mirzoyan visited the orphanage in Gyumri and chose three patients for the treatment. Besides, it was decided to sponsor the treatment of two patients from low-income families. Three of them are already in the process of the treatment.
On the 1st of September, beginning of school year, the staff of Armaveni organized a visit to the Children’s Railway Park with several children who have already been treated surgically. The children were delighted by their rides on different carousels, and by a trip on the children’s railway train.
The staff of the Armaveni Charitable Foundation, including Arshak Mirzoyan, Arsen Vahramian, Seyran Saroyan, Marieta Saghatelian, and Gayane Geoletsyan, was invited to Goris to celebrate the first anniversary of the Center of Guardianship for Handicapped Children. During this visit they met with the head of Syunik Marz, with the director of the Center, with the officials from similar centers in various regions of Armenia, and with the representatives from UNESCO. The celebration featured performances by children affected by different pathologies, and of the musculoskeletal system in particular, who attend this center. Forgetting their illnesses, the children enjoyed the holiday with joy and enthusiasm. Doctors from Armaveni examined several children afterwards, some of whom were already queued for free treatment in the scope of “Standing Tall” program. Several of these children have now been treated surgically.
June 01, 2009, Yerevan Center of Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction
First Lady Rita Sargsyan visited the Nairi Medical Center on the occasion of the International Children’s Protection Day where at the Yerevan Center of Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction she met with the children of unemployed families with various orthopedic diseases who are on “Standing Tall’s” waiting list for free treatment. She declared her readiness to sponsor eight children, and all children were given valuable gifts.
Mrs. Sargsyan said, “Speaking about children’s health, one cannot remain indifferent. We have decided to sponsor surgery and further treatment for eight children, although needy children are, unfortunately, too many, and they are waiting, waiting with hope. I want to appeal to all kind people: let’s give children the happiness of standing tall.”
A “Standing Tall” presentation was held at the Yerevan Chamber Theater. The goal of the event was to inform citizens of the Armenian Republic, already familiar with the success of the Armaveni Foundation within Armenia, of its impact outside of the Republic. Rita Sargsyan, First Lady of Armenia, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Bella Kocharyan, Haroutyun and Narine Koushkian, Roza Tsaroukian, Zori Balayan, Sergey Hambartzoumian, Edward Mirzoyan, Levon Malkhasian, and other cultural, scientific and business representatives have their participations as well.
The response exceeded all expectations. The First Lady, the representative of the Yerevan Brandy Company, Naira Tovmasian, National Party Deputy Ara Babloyan, Healt Minister Haroutyun Koushkian, Armine Hovhannisian, founder of the Oran Charity Foundation, and Roza Tsaroukian declared their readiness to sponsor at least one patient on the waiting list of “Standing Tall.” Professor Arshak Mirzoyan, president of the Armaveni Foundation, presented medals symbolizing the Foundation and the Yerevan Center of Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction. A banquet in the lobby was sponsored by Phoenicia Restaurant and the Yerevan Brandy Company.
Dr. Mirzoyan presented the “Standing Tall” program and its ongoing results to the Armenian community of Los Angeles in the Narek Cultural and Educational Foundation in Glendale. Funds were raised for the treatment of eight children and for the purchase of medical equipment. Introductory remarks by Mrs. Rimma Sarian, who appealed for the sponsorship of children enrolled on the waiting list. The Bishop, tsayragooyn vartabed Hayr Tachat Yardemian, and local businessmen and authorities took part in the presentation.
The president of the Hi-Am Charity Foundation, Nshan Hajemian, kindly offered the Foundation’s support in order to make tax deductions available to U.S. sponsors of children in the “Standing Tall” program.
At the invitation of Dr. Ted Khachaturian, Dr. Mirzoyan introduced the “Standing Tall” charity program to Arizona’s Armenian community. The meeting was held in the conference hall of the Armenian Church of Phoenix. Introductory speech was made by Dr. Harry Sirounian, noted orthopedic surgeon and philanthropist.
"For the last 20 years, I have followed Dr. Mirzoyan's career closely. We first met following the 1988 earthquake, when Arshak had returned to Armenia to care for the injured. At that time his techniques were relatively unknown outside the Soviet Union. Since then, Arshak has travelled worldwide demonstrating and teaching his skills. He has taught and operated in American and European universities, instructing physicians on how to handle the most difficult cases, including correcting the most complex deformities.
He has lectured many times at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meeting. In attendance were professors and physicians from universities across America and were also present doctors from all branches of the U.S. military. Now you can find the techniques he practices, being used in all university, military and major trauma centers across the U.S.
To the best of my knowledge, Dr Mirzoyan is the only Armenian Orthopedist to have had an article accepted, reviewed, and printed in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the gold standard of orthopedic writings.
But all these skills are not the measure of the man. He can live and practice just about anywhere, yet his heart has always been in Armenia. His goal is to contribute the best he can to the future of his homeland. I wish him well in his endeavors."