Parviz was diagnosed with a heart defect called partial artioventricular canal defect (PAVC).
In May 2023, Parviz successfully underwent a life-saving cardiac surgery in Israel.
PARVIZ, OR “PARI” AS HIS FAMILY CALLS HIM, IS A GOOFY AND LOVING THREE-YEAR-OLD FROM SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN.
Parviz has two older brothers and one younger baby sister. Parviz is close with all three of his siblings and enjoys playing and spending time with them. His father, Timur, installs fans in homes and his mother, Nigina, stays at home taking care of all of their kids.
Nigina tells us sending a child to kindergarten in Uzbekistan is very expensive and it is a privilege most can not afford, therefore Parviz spends most of his days at home with his mom and baby sister and hopefully he will start first grade in a public school when he is six years old.
Three months ago, Parviz was taken for a regular check up at his doctor and that is where they discovered his heartbeats were abnormal. They were sent to a few different checkups in the center of Uzbekistan at more advanced hospitals.
Parviz was diagnosed with a heart defect called partial atrioventricular canal defect (PAVC).
PAVC is a congenital heart malformation in which part of the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart (atrial septum primum) is severely malformed or absent and both the valves that let blood flow from the upper chambers to the lower ones are present, but usually the mitral valve, the one on the left side of the heart, does not close properly, allowing blood to leak back from the left ventricle to the left atrium, depriving the body of oxygenated blood.
Parviz’s parents were devastated to find out he has a heart defect and quickly started looking all around to see what they can do to help their son. His mother told us February 7th is the date they found out and she will never forget that date. Parviz has an aunt, Camila, who is temporarily working as a caregiver for an elderly woman in Holon, Israel in order to send their family money back home. As soon as she found out, Camila asked the family of the Israeli woman she works for, to see if they could help out and they immediately connected her to Save a Child’s Heart. Shortly after, Parviz was on his was to Israel for life-saving cardiac care they do not have in Uzbekistan.
Nigina is very grateful for the opportunity for her son. She tells us her life at home is very difficult. She has no time to enjoy herself too much, she works hard to clean the house at take care of all the kids. Their family of six live with her husband’s parents, his sister and baby - all together 10 in the home. She says it is bitter sweet to be here, she is nervous but also happy. Save a Child’s Heart was especially excited to bring Parviz to Israel because in the history of the organization they’ve only had one other patient from Uzbekistan. The organization is happy they were able to reach him and hope to open doors to other children in need.
ON MAY 15, 2023, PARVIZ UNDERWENT A LIFE-SAVING CARDIAC SURGERY AT THE IDA CABAKOFF INTERNATIONAL PEDIATRIC CARDIAC CENTER FOR SAVE A CHILD'S HEART AT WOLFSON MEDICAL CENTER IN ISRAEL.
As Parviz was recovering, we got to know his personality a little better. He loves playing with toys cars and dreams to drive a police car one day! Nigina tells us he has a very silly personality, always running around and making everyone around him laugh. He doesn’t have much fear and sometime tests his limits too much. Whoever spends just a few minutes with him will not have a dull time. He is an entertainer and now that he is after surgery, his family is excited to see him reach his full potential in life!
The SACH team is thrilled they were able to mend Parviz’s heart and give hope to more children around the world to receive cardiac treatment in Israel.