Azerbaijani soldiers receive sight, and other goodwill healing from Turkey & Israel

Rachel Brooks

April 22, 2021 

Above, a screencapture of a broadcast on i24 News in March, which shows the advanced medical treatment of the delegation from Israel devoted to the recovery of severely wounded Azerbaijani soldiers’ sight. 

As the soldier treatment program continues, more 44-Day Karabakh War veterans are finding renewed hope through it. Yasat Foundation continues to report treatment of soldiers who fought in the 44-Day war at hospitals in Turkey. On April 22, Daily Sabah, a Turkish pro-government media publication of Turkuvaz Media Group, reported that 12 Azerbaijani soldiers have been admitted to Turkish hospitals. 

For the months since the 44-Day war ended, Turkey has received several Azerbaijani veterans who have been sponsored for treatment in Turkey by YASAT Foundation. YASAT Foundation’s role is to provide the families of veterans and fallen soldiers with support. 

 

 

Also since the 2020 conflict, Azerbaijanis have received treatment in Israel. On March 8, The Jerusalem Post reported that a team of Israeli doctors had restored the sight of Azerbaijani soldiers with advanced medicine. With funding provided by YASAT, Israeli doctors arrived in Baku via a private plane, due to the closing of Ben Gurion airport.

They were a voluntary mission of Israeli surgeons specializing in oculoplasty, or plastic surgery for the eyes. Soldiers received treatment for eye socket reconstruction, prosthetic eyes, eyelid surgery, and more. One of the soldiers, Jerusalem Post reported, had been so severely damaged by a shell blast that his surgery took several hours to restore his sights. Others received corneal transplants and retinal repair through advanced stem cell and placenta membrane surgery. The delegration treated 150 soldiers with severe injuries. 

The news of the amazing oculoplasty surgery filled broadcasts and headlines in Israel. On March 4, it appeared on i24 News, one of the nation’s leading television news broadcast programs. The Israeli doctors stated that the mission to heal the Azerbaijani soldiers was one of Israel’s acts of “goodwill” because the soldiers “are human beings.” 

“These are human beings just like you and me, and they need our special abilities to regain their lives,” said Dr. Yishay Falick, the CEO of Misgav-Ladach Hospital, which treated severely wounded Azerbaijani soldiers. 

Azerbaijani commentators praised this advanced medical development. Among them was Khojaly Massacre survivor and prolific commentator Durdane Agayeva.

 

“In recent weeks, we have shared medical miracles, as a team of volunteer surgeons from Israel were in Baku, performing complex eye surgeries and treatments on Azerbaijani soldiers, home and badly injured from the recent war in Karabakh,”  wrote Agayeva, featured in the  Jewish Journal.