Anna has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in her 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. Options for treatment where she lives are limited. She has lived with this life-threatening defect for nine years! In July 2014, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Anna during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission.
If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Anna risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Anna is from the Smolensk Region, Russia.
Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Anna for medical treatment. Her 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. Anna's family 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 us come to America for heart surgery.” – Marina Kakhovskaya, Smolensk Region, Russia.
Without this medical procedure, Anna will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Anna, 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 girl needs you. She has nowhere else to turn. With everyone’s help we can save Anna’s life.