Five-Year-Old Anastasia Has a Heart Defect.
Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.
Anastasia is a five-year-old girl with a life- threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular
surgery can save her life. The full cost of the operation is $42,473.
Dr. Sean Levchuck at Saint Francis Hospital will perform the surgery for
free, but the cost of expendable medical supplies, airfare,
living expenses and support for the family is $8,565. Russian Gift of Life USA’s
Moscow partner the children’s charity Rusfond has funded the
family’s flight (Moscow – New York – Moscow) for $2,085.
Russian Gift of Life, USA raised the funds needed for Anastasia's heart surgery and travel expenses from Russia.
Anastasia 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, Anastasia risks heart
failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or
endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Anastasia is from Lipetsk, Russia.
Anastasia's defect can be treated without
the need for open-heart surgery. Dr. Sean Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint
Francis Hospital, will be able to correct the girl's
heart condition so she can live like other girls her age.
Anastasia's life-saving heart surgery was
successfully performed on October 3, 2012.
RGOL posted news items about Anastasia
from September 8, 2012 through October 8, 2012.
To view the news items please click here.
To read about the day of Anastasia's surgery, please click here.