One-Year-Old Ulyana Has A Heart Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.
"With Ulyana's birth we understood what true happiness is. And a week ago we gave birth to Vasilina. They say that one's name affects one's fate, and we want only the best for our girls, but little Ulyana's life began with hardship. She was born prematurely. For eight days she was connected to artificial lung ventilation. And then she developed bilateral pneumonia. Here they found a heart defect: patent foramen ovale (3.2 mm) and patent ductus arteriosus (1.5 mm). In one year the duct was increased to 4 mm. Coincidentally, in Barnaul, where we arrived at the screening from our village (250 km from the city), on that day there specialists from Tomsk there. They told us to prepare Ulyana for surgery, and gave me your address, because we have absolutely no money. My husband works, but only earns 8 thousand rubles a month ($267US). Ulyana is cute, walks by herself and does speak, but quickly tires and pants, sleeping for long periods, and is often sick. All around people love little Ulyana for her smile, but they cannot help, nobody has any money. Can you rescue us?"
Nina Semenova, Altai Territory
Ulyana was successfully operated at the Tomsk Cardiac Center in Siberia on July 14, 2011.