Chronicles of a Surgery: Thoracic surgery for TB patients in Armenia

24 Sep 2018
Related Countries

Lung surgery is not available for TB patients in Armenia...

MSF, together with the Ministry of Health, has organised a mission to perform thoracic surgery on six tuberculosis patients. This highly complex operation is intended to improve the chances of long-term cure for patients whose lungs have been severely damaged by drug-resistant tuberculosis, or who are at high risk of relapse.

The series follows one of these patients, Aram. (Name has been changed.)

Episode 1

Aram recounts the first signs of illness, his disbelief when diagnosed with drug-resistant TB and his doubts as to whether to have surgery or not.

Episode 2

Aram, 25, meets the surgeon, Dr Sauer, who has just arrived from France. Aram also tells us that he's recently met a girl but, frightened of her reaction, he didn't want tell her he was having TB-related surgery.

Episode 3

Aram's family have come to the hospital to spend the last few hours preceding his surgery with him.

Episode 4

Dr. Sauer explains the operation he's about to undertake, as well as the benefits and risks of this particularly difficult operation. And Aram's mother shares her hope and fears.

Episode 5

Was the surgery successful?

Cover photo: MSF

Take action! get invloved