The Boy in the Blue Glasses
Open-Heart Surgery Can Save
Misha Litvinov's Life
Five months after their son was born, the world changed forever for Misha’s parents. Doctors told them he has a complex, life threatening heart defect. A normal heart has four chambers, two upper and two lower. Misha’s heart, however, has only one lower chamber. To save his life, surgeons would have to perform a series of staged, open-heart procedures to reconfigure his heart and circulatory system.
After his first operation, however, doctors considered Misha too high risk for further surgery. Determined to save their son, Misha’s parents traveled 5,000 miles by train to a world-class cardiac center for a second opinion. There they were told Misha was inoperable. Devastated, the family turned to Russian Gift of Life USA for help.