Arlen Abdimalikov, who lives in Kyrgyzstan with his family, started experiencing various discomforts about 4 years ago, including itchy skin rashes and diarrhea, due to allergic reactions.
Abdimalikov, who was taken to healthcare facilities in his country for treatment, could not be diagnosed with the disease. Upon the recommendation of a doctor in Kyrgyzstan, Abdimalikov applied to Farabi Hospital of Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine.
During the examination and tests conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sönmez, the Head of the Department of Hematology, it was determined that Abdimalikov was diagnosed with hypereosinophilic syndrome, a disease seen in an average of 3 people out of 10 million in the field of hematology.
Abdimalikov, who started treatment immediately and recovered from his health problems, was discharged after regaining his health.
– “It took 1 week to reach a diagnosis here, while it couldn’t be diagnosed in 3-4 years there”
Prof. Dr. Sönmez stated that the diagnosis of the disease could not be made in Kyrgyzstan because the health opportunities there were not as developed as in Turkey and said, “He came here and we made the diagnostic evaluation, and treatment started immediately. The patient is fine now and has no complaints. We will continue his treatment in his own country.”
Sönmez explained that hypereosinophilic syndrome leads to various allergic reactions, and the patient’s main complaints were rash, diarrhea, and various allergic reactions, and he said that all these discomforts were resolved.
Sönmez emphasized that the disease is very rare and continued his words as follows:
“The incidence is 0.003 in 1000, which means approximately 3 in 10 million. It is very difficult for them to reach these results since the facilities here and in Kyrgyzstan are not the same. It couldn’t be diagnosed in 3-4 years there, but it was diagnosed in 1 week here. It is a disease that is not genetic, occurs later, and the cause is unknown. We do not give chemotherapy, we planned the process with more practical and harmless treatments, and it was very successful because he is young. We will continue his treatment with hematologist friends we trained there. We will tell them ‘Do this.’ and follow up together with them, but he will come here for main check-ups.”
Sönmez emphasized that Trabzon is an important city in terms of health tourism and that the opportunities in healthcare institutions are not available in many countries, stating that they are ready to provide services to all people in need of healthcare.
– “The professors there recommended it, that’s why we came here”
Arlen Abdimalikov expressed his happiness for being cured and said, “My illness was very severe. Sometimes I couldn’t breathe. I am very happy to come here. I thank everyone. The professors there recommended it, that’s why we came here. It is better here. It is not the fault of the doctors there, they just cannot do it on time and correctly because they do not have sufficient facilities. These things are better in Turkey.”
Father Arman Abdimalikov stated that Turkey is in a very good position in the field of healthcare and expressed their gratitude to everyone who helped them.