Save A Child from Heart Disease.
Please Help Save Sixteen-Year-Old Evgeni.
Evgeni is a sixteen-year-old boy with a life-threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular surgery can save his life.
Evgeni has a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to close normally after birth. As a result, he has abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that surround the heart. Options for medical treatment where he lives are limited. In May 2017, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Evgeni during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission.
If the PDA is not closed, Evgeni risks heart failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Evgeni is from the Lipetsk Region of Russia.
Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Evgeni 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 used to close the hole, expendable medical supplies, airfare, US visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850. Evgeni's family is appealing for assistance to The Gift of Life, Inc., Russian Gift of Life USA, and to the Rusfond children's charity.
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. Once these funds are raised Evgeni can come to the US and have a chance at a new life without heart disease. He will be able to live like any other young adult his age.
Evgeni was successfully operated on December 6, 2017.