Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Anna.
Anna was born with heart disease.
Anna, age 2 years 10 months, had already had one surgery as a newborn which relieved most of her blueness and risks of blue spells; but urgently needed repair, as her prior surgery was only designed to carry her for 1-2 years.
Anna has Downs Syndrome and is an orphan.
Anna has two heart defects - Atrioventricular Canal, and Tetralogy of Fallot. This is a complex combination of an abnormality of 3 of the heart valves and 2 holes in the heart, which causes babies to become frequently blue, more so once they start to walk. This diagnosis carries with it a risk of long term valve problems within the heart —even after repair of these valves. Early operation of each of these defects is very important to outcome, and constant follow up is equally important - more so with the combination of both defects. It is high risk surgery and very dependent on surgical experience.
Anna came off her breathing machine less than 2 hours after her operation, and left the ICU 3 days later. As an orphan, Anna had no family to take care of her during her weekend in the hospital and this meant she stayed with the ICU team a little longer than her “classmates,” but she was a pleasure to care for.
Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Anna's hometown of Voronezh. The first mission took place in November 2013.