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One-Year-Old Darina Has An Atrial Septal Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.


"On New Year’s Eve 2009 I became a happy mother. A month later, we have a routine exam. All is well. And then the cardiologist sends us for an echocardiogram. The diagnosis patent foramen ovale1 scared me, but doctors reassured me: by her first birthday it would close on its own. At 11 months, another exam. We calmly went to see the cardiologist, and we’re diagnosed with an atrial septal defect2 of 7 mm! The heart is unable to cope, it is deforming! They said to operate urgently and preferably in Tomsk. I didn’t understand why so far away, but a colleague of my husband said that his son was cured at the Tomsk Cardiac Center without cutting open the chest. The same operation awaits Little Darina - effective and safe, but expensive. We’re in a panic. We have no idea how to pay for it. My husband is a construction worker, his salary is small and irregular, the money is barely enough to get by. Darina's so pretty and smart, day after day amazes us with her abilities. My biggest fear is that my little sunshine Darina will begin to fade away. I ask for your help, you are our only hope."
Alesya Kaligina, Altai Region.

Tomsk Cardiac Surgeon Eugene Krivoshchekov says: "A big defect in the center septum can be closed by endovascular surgery using an occluder. But we should hurry: Darina is developing pulmonary hypertension. After surgery, the girl will be healthy."

Darina was successfully operated at the Tomsk Cardiac Center in Siberia, Russia on March 23, 2011.

Darina is now healthy and can grow up like other children her age.
Her parents Alesya and Denis thank everyone for their help!


1A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a normal opening between the upper chambers of the heart present before birth that failed to close.

2Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart.

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