Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Oleg.
Oleg is nine years old. He was born with heart disease.
Oleg has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in the 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. He also has atrioventricular block for which he has a pacemaker. Oleg has lived with this life-threatening defect for nine years! In 2014, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Oleg during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission. He recommends that he get help soon.
If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Oleg risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Oleg is from the Ulyanovsk region in Russia.
Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Oleg for medical treatment. His 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. Oleg’s mother 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 save our son.” – Aleksandra Karmanova, Ulyanovsk Region, Russia.
Without this medical procedure, Oleg will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Oleg, 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 boy needs you. He has nowhere else to turn. With your help we can save Oleg’s life.
Oleg was successfully operated on October 21, 2015 at Saint Francis Hospital in New York.