Taisia and Alexandra have the same heart defect - an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in their heart. Specifically it's a hole in the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart. 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 girls' heart, pressure in the lungs builds up. Options for treatment where they live are limited. Taisia is almost four and Alexandra is nine and this defect has not been corrected!
If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Taisia and Alexandra risk heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Taisia and Alexandra are both from the Lipetsk Region of Russia.
Fortunately, the Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted the two girls for medical treatment. Their defects 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 each. Taisia’s mother, Anastasia and Alexandra's mother Elena are appealing for help.
Dr. Sean Levchuck,
Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital, will perform both girls' procedures for free and the hospital will donate most of their services leaving $15,700 outstanding. With additional support from Rusfond, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Gift of Life, Inc., and the Russian Gift of Life Emergency Fund $5,700 has been raised.
There is still a shortage of $10,000 for the medical devices for the two girls.
“We want to save our daughters. Please help us.” – Anastasia Denezhkina and Elena Cherepnina, Lipetsk, Russia.
Without this medical procedure, Taisia and Alexandra will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Taisia and Alexandra, 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. Two little girls need you. They have nowhere else to turn. With everyone’s help we can save their life.