Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Aleutina.
Aleutina is six years old. She was born with heart disease.
Aleutina, a pretty girl with Down Syndrome, has already had two heart operations before she was a year old, and was presented to the team with a defect called Coarctation of the Aorta - a narrowing of the main body blood vessel. Re-operations carry many increased risks and present various additional difficulties, like bleeding and other issues that can re-sult for the previous surgeries.
Surgical team experience is critical to the successful outcome. Aleutina was a favorite child of the team on this trip as she was blowing kisses to the staff in the ICU - and was very talkative. Aleutina came off the breathing machine less than 1 hour after her operation, and left the ICU the very next day.
Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Aleutina's hometown of Voronezh. The first mission took place in November 2013.