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.
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.
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.
Gift of Life, Inc. has pledged $5,000 to cover the cost of the medical device.
Polina and her mother arrived in New York.
Polina's life-saving surgery was performed on June 19, 2014.