Rysmagambetova Almira (7), a Kazakhstani girl born with cleft palate, lived with a single mother and three siblings, relying on about 137 dollar worth of welfare money for disabled people a month. Her family was so poor that they could not think of getting her to receive treatment in Kazakhstan, let alone affording her an opportunity to take a treatment trip to another country.
Meanwhile, she was selected as a recipient of the Global Medical Sharing Project (hereinafter referred to as Medical Sharing), managed by Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization to invite and help foreign patients. She arrived in Korea on December 5, 2016 and received cleft palate surgery on December 7 at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Bucheon.
Medical Sharing is a project that has been managed by Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization in collaboration with hospitals in Gyeonggi-do since 2014. The project aims to help low-income foreign patients who cannot afford treatment due to deteriorated medical services and economic difficulties. Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization supported the project by paying the airfare and other living expenses during the stay for Almira and her guardian, and Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Bucheon by paying medical expenses for the surgery and check-up as well as accommodation fees.
The Kazakhstani public broadcaster came to Korea to cover Almira’s treatment trip. The procedure from admission to discharge at the hospital was broadcast on the Kazakhstani talk show “