Danil has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in his heart. Specifically it's a hole between in the wall that separates the upper hear 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 he lives are limited. The boy is almost eight and this defect has not been corrected!
If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Danil risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Danil is from Lipetsk, Russia.
Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Danil 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, expendable medical supplies, airfare, visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850. Danil’s mother Marina is appealing to Russian Gift of Life USA and to our partners, the children’s charity Rusfond for help. Marina is a single mother and works as a hairdresser.
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.
“I want to bring Danil to America to save him from heart disease. Please help me.” – Marina Kosinova, Agranom, Russia.
Without this medical procedure, Danil will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Danil, 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 little boy in Russia needs you. He has nowhere else to turn. With everyone’s help we can save Danil’s life.