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Eight-Year-Old Alina Has A Heart Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life.


Alina is a very vivacious and outgoing eight-year-old girl who loves music and plays piano. You'd never know she has a life threatening heart defect. Alina has a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to close normally after birth. As a result, she has abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that surround the heart. If the PDA is not closed, Alina risks heart failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart).


Russian Gift of Life, USA and Gift of Life, Inc. raised the funds needed for Alina's heart surgery and travel expenses from Russia. Alina is from the Smolensk Region.


Through a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure, Sean Levchuck, M.D., Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital will be able to correct the little girl's condition so she can live a normal life like other children her age. Her life saving heart surgery was successfully completed on February 15, 2012.


To see a five minute documentary of how the procedure that can save eight-year-old Alina works and to learn more Russian Gift of Life, please click here.

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