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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Polina.


Polina is fourteen years old. She was born with heart disease.

 
Polina has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in her heart. Specifically it's a hole between the wall that separates the upper heart chambers. 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. Options for treatment where she lives are limited. She has lived with this life threatening defect for fourteen years! In the last two years, the hole has gotten bigger.

If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Polina risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Polina is from the Lipetsk, Russia.

Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Polina for medical treatment. Her defect can be closed without the need for open-heart surgery using a device called an amplatzer. But the cost of the medical device, expendable medical supplies, airfare, visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850.
Polina's mother Ekaterina, an English teacher, is appealing to Gift of Life, Inc., Russian Gift of Life USA and to our partner, the children’s charity Rusfond for help.

Dr. Sean Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital, will perform the procedure for free and the hospital will donate most of their services leaving $7,850.
With additional support from Rusfond, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Gift of Life, Inc., and the Russian Gift of Life Emergency Fund $2,850 has been raised.

There is still a shortage of $5,000 for the medical device.
 
“Please help us come to America for heart surgery.” – Ekaterina Kabakova, Liptesk, Russia.

Without this medical procedure, Polina will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Polina, don’t let the cost stop you. We are almost there. Please give what you can. Your gift in any amount will be gratefully accepted. A young girl needs you. She has nowhere else to turn. With everyone’s help we can save Polina’s life.


UPDATE

05/02/2014
Gift of Life, Inc. has pledged $5,000 to cover the cost of the medical device.

06/07/2014
Polina and her mother arrived in New York.

06/19/2014
Polina's life-saving surgery was performed on June 19, 2014.


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