Open-Heart Surgery Can Save Two-Year-Old Nadia
Nadia Litvinova, 2 years old, congenital heart disease, Ebstein's anomaly, needs open-heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. $77,210 is needed to save Nadia. The Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised $69,210. Gift of Life, Inc. has pledged $4,000. She needs $4,000 more. Please help.
"We named our cherished daughter Nadezhda (“hope”) without knowing what was to come. At the maternity clinic, the doctor heard a noise in her tiny heart, and the ultrasound shocked us: congenital heart disease, Ebstein's anomaly. The first attack of palpitations occurred when Nadia was four months old. We would sit in front of the entrance to intensive care and hear Nadia cry but could not do anything to help. Then there were eleven more attacks of arrhythmia, each lasting for five or more hours. The supporting medications no longer help, and Nadia has a severe allergy to them. During her last examination, doctors confirmed that our daughter’s condition has gotten worse; her right heart ventricle is almost non-existent. Nadia needs open-heart surgery, but in Russia they won’t do it. Last fall, at an international conference on cardiovascular surgery, Pedro Del Nido, a doctor from Boston Children’s Hospital (USA), examined Nadia. This hospital uses the most advanced technologies to significantly improve treatment outcome. The hospital is prepared to accept Nadia as a patient, but we cannot afford to pay the enormous bill. Please help!"
Anna Litvinova, Saint Petersburg.
To save Nadia Litvinova, $4,000 more is needed.
Pedro Del Nido, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital: “Nadia’s tricuspid valve cusp is displaced towards the left ventricle, she urgently needs surgery. Our hospital has great experience in the surgical treatment of this defect, the girl has a good chance for recovery”.
The cost of Nadia’s surgery is $69,210. We are happy to report that the Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the entire amount needed for surgery. Nadia is expected at the hospital in July. However, an additional $8,000 is required for her and her mother’s accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA. Of the remaining amount, the Gift of Life, Inc. children's charity has pledged $4,000. There is still $4,000 outstanding.
Please help little Nadia.
Slava Zharkov, two years old, suffers from a complex heart defect
called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He needs a Fontan surgical
procedure at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. The cost is $220,725. Russian Gift of Life USA's Moscow partner the children's charity Rusfond, has pledged to raise the medical costs. An additional $6,570 is needed to cover accommodations in the US, food, transportation, and other related costs. Thanks to the support of Rusfond donors, Slava had open-heart surgery in Berlin last year. However, the defect he has requires three
stages of surgical treatment.
Salva's mother writes: "German specialists confirmed their ability
to do the third and final surgery, but only when our son’s weight is
12-14 kg. But our little Slava doesn't eat well. His weight is just 10
kg and he has only managed to gain 1 kg over the past year. He is often
short of breath, has coughing fits, and gets tired quickly. It breaks my
heart to see that he is getting worse and worse. We found out about a
hospital in the United States, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
where this heart defect can be treated successfully. We sent Slava's
records to the hospital. They are ready to accept us there. However, the
cost is enormous. My husband's income and Slava's disability are barely
enough to make ends meet as it is. Our eldest son is three years old
and goes to kindergarten. I stay home with Slava all the time and can’t
Please don’t give up on us, please help"
Veronika Zharkova, Voronezh Region.
Professor Jonathan J. Rome, M.D., a leading cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says
"Sviatoslav Zharkov has a complex congenital
heart defect and has undergone two operations to palliate his condition.
To further improve his cardiac function and oxygenation, he will need
to undergo the Fontan surgical procedure. Our hospital has a great deal
of experience in performing these operations and we are happy to accept
the boy at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the spring of 2013
for this procedure".
The cost of Slava 's surgery is $220,725. The
cost of accommodations, food, transportation and other associated
expenses for Slava and his mother is $6,570, but the family doesn't have
such a large amount of money. Please help. The Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the funds necessary for Slava's open-heart surgery.
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