Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Maksim.
Maksim was born with heart disease.
Maksim is two years old and has a ventricular septal defect or VSD. A VSD describes one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. VSD is one of the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defects. It may occur by itself or with other congenital diseases.
The most common symptoms of a VSD include: shortness of breath, hard breathing, paleness, failure to gain weight, and frequent respiratory infections.
Maksim had his third surgery during the fifth surgical training mission to Nizhny Novgorod and finally has a corrected circulation. However, he is using a tube that will not in itself grow with him. He will require careful follow up for eventual replacement of his conduit, some time over the next 10 - 15 years. Maksim’s recovery was slow and he remained in the Intensive Care Unit at the end of the trip. The Cardiac Center reports that he has recovered more fully. Maksim has a good chance of 10 to 15 years without further surgeries.
The Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Nizhny Novgorod, where Maksim was operated. The first mission took place in November 2014.
Maksim was successfully operated on April 10, 2017.