Three-Month-Old Matvey Has a Complex Heart Defect.
Open-Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.
Agutin, 3 months old, suffers from a complex congenital heart defect.
He needs to undergo open-heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia in the US. The cost of surgery is $149,515. The cost of
accommodations, food, transportation and other associated expenses for
Matvey and his mother is $6,500.
"During pregnancy a medical exam showed that the
left part of my son’s heart had not formed. This part is responsible for
his biggest and most important blood flow and circulation. Doctors told
me that my boy had no chance to survive. But I could already feel my
boy and I didn’t have the heart to terminate the pregnancy. I gave birth
in St. Petersburg. On the fourth day of his life, Matvey had the first
of three planned operations. Now he needs the second one. Our doctors
recommend waiting until Matvey grows older, but the defect is
unpredictable, he may get worse at any moment. My son goes short of
breath, gets tired quickly. I learned that children with this same
diagnosis could be treated very successfully in the US. The Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia has accepted Matvey for surgery. I now have
hope that he can develop normally, but the cost of treatment is
enormous. I raise two children alone. Please help!"
Maria Agutina, Moscow.
$156,015 is required to save Matvey Agutin, a three-month-old boy.
Professor Jonathan J. Rome, M.D., a leading
cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says: “Matvey has a
complex congenital heart defect that requires three stages of surgical
correction. After evaluating his current medical records, we plan to
undertake the second phase of treatment, the Glenn surgical procedure.
This second operation will relieve the burden on Matvey's heart and
prepare him for the third and final operation.”
The cost of Matvey's surgery is $149,515, The
cost of accommodations, food, transportation and other associated
expenses for Matvey and his mother is $6,500, but the family doesn't
have such a large amount of money.
UPDATED DECEMBER 2012
The Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the funds necessary for Matvey's heart surgery. Private donors in Russia, Germany, Canada, and other countries as well as Russian Gift of Life USA and contributors to Rusfond USA have raised the remaining funds necessary to support Matvey and his mother while they are in the United States for medical treatment.
UPDATED JANUARY 2013
Matvey was successfully operated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on January 3, 2013 by Dr. Gaynor.
UPDATED JUNE 2014
Matvey Agutin died on June 18, 2014. He was admitted to a hospital in Moscow with a severe adenovirus infection and purulent tonsillitis. He had an extremely high fever for an entire week. As a result, his heart was overloaded and gave out. We express our deepest condolences to Matvey's mother, Maria.