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Kashgar retiree gets free heart surgery in Shanghai

Arup Mamat, a retired worker from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, received a free heart surgery in Shanghai this morning as a result of a national relief program to help the needy people in the region.

Under the program, Shanghai is supporting the city of Kashgar, once a caravan town on the ancient Silk Road.

Mamat, 67, has suffered from heart disease for eight years, but his 800-yuan (US$122) pension is far from enough for a surgery that costs 80,000 yuan. Even worse, his wife suffers from diabetes.

With help from the local welfare department, Shanghai East Hospital gave him the surgery for free. His son Arken Mamat accompanied him to the city. All their travel expenses were covered as well.

"I feel very happy and grateful," said Arken Mamat after the surgery.
The hospital has treated 17 Kashgar patients since January under the relief program.


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