Six-Year-Old Viktoria Has a Heart Defect.
Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.
Viktoria is a six-year-old girl with a 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 (Odessa – Moscow - New York – Moscow - Odessa) for $2,031.
Russian Gift of Life, USA raised the funds needed for Viktoria's heart surgery and travel expenses from Ukraine.
Viktoria has an ASD (an
atrial septal defect), a condition
in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers does not
close completely. As a result, blood continues to flow from the left to
the right atria. If too much blood moves from the right side of the
heart, pressure in the lungs builds up. She was diagnosed with
this condition at birth. Yet options for treatment in her
area of Ukraine are limited. If the ASD is not closed, Viktoria
risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation,
pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Viktoria is from Odessa, Ukraine.
Viktoria's defect can be treated without
the need for open-heart surgery, using a medical device called an amplatzer.
Through a minimally invasive
catheter-based procedure, Dr. 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.
Viktoria's life-saving heart surgery was
successfully performed on January 16, 2013.