A Turkish doctor saved an Azerbaijani bureaucrat's life; in return, Azerbaijan has exempted Turkish workers and businessmen from increased taxes, Sabah reported.
Azerbaijani Assistant Deputy Minister Hüseyin Ağababa's artery ruptured, due to high blood pressure and excessive weight, on December 31st, 2007. After calling the USA, Russia and France in an attempt to locate a physician to conduct the surgery, Turkey answered their call.
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Doctor Yusuf Kalko saved an Azerbaijani bureaucrat, who was in a coma, by going to Baku in a jet. Azerbaijan has in return exempted Turkish laborers and businessmen from the tax increase.
Hüseyin Ağababa, one of the closest figures to Azerbaijani leader İlham Aliyev, had a ruptured artery on his kidney due to excessive weight and uncontrolled high blood pressure.
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Ağababa also had chronic bronchitis and had experienced two heart attacks prior.
Doctors from the USA, Russia, France, Germany and Israel were contacted in order to be brought to operate on the minister.
However, none of the doctors agreed to the courageous New Year's Eve operation.
Finally, a doctor from Turkey was asked for. The request for a doctor was communicated to Doctor Yusuf Kalko, an artery and vein specialist at Vakıf Gureba Hospital, at around 23:30.
After receiving approval from the resident chief, Doctor Kalko and his team arrived in Baku in a special jet.
The patient's status was extremely risky, with a 70-80% chance of death, and the doctor told the relatives to be prepared to receive bad news.
However, the Ağababa's operation was successful, with Turkey's Doctor Yusuf Kalko saving the patient. As a gesture in response, Azerbaijan has exempted Turkish laborers and businessmen from the tax increase.