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Eight-Year-Old Dasha Has A Heart Defect. She is Growing Weaker Every Day. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.


Dasha is eight years old and was recently diagnosed with a heart defect. Her defect can be treated without the need for open heart surgery, using a medical device called an occluder. Without this operation, Dasha’s condition will get worse. Please help her become a healthy child. Here is her mother’s appeal translated from Russian:

"I've always dreamed of having a daughter, but Daniel was born first (he is now 13 years old). Finally, little Dasha appeared,healthy and beautiful, with a good weight and height.Here was true happiness - a son and a daughter! And then trips to the hospital began. Dasha had a birthmark on the bridge of her nose, which eventually turned into a real cockscomb. Irradiation followed by three operations. Now in place of the birthmark there is an indentation. Following this plague,Dasha was diagnosed with a heart murmur. Every year we went for the echography, and during the last appointment the cardiologist gasped: "There’s a defect - a hole 8mm in diameter! We have to operate immediately! "I was in tears. The operation is expensive, we cannot afford it, we are already in debt. I travel to work in sales to another city, there are no jobs where we live. My husband is an installer with too little pay. We live with my mom, a pensioner. We have relatives in Tomsk, I sent the documents to the Tomsk Cardiac Center. They answered that they will operate without the need for open heart surgery. I cannot live without my children. Dasha is growing weaker every day. Recently she lost consciousness in the bathroom. Please help raise the money needed for the operation! Thank you for being there."

Natalia Marakaeva, Krasnoyarsk region.

Dr. Evgeny Krivoshchekov, a leading specialist at the Tomsk Cardiac Center, says: “Dasha is living with a heart defect that should have been corrected before she even started school. Unfortunately she was not properly diagnosed then. The location of the atrial septal defect allows it to be closed using an occluder. Dasha will be healthy."

Dasha was successfully operated at the Tomsk Cardiac Center in Siberia on March 30, 2011.

Dasha’s atrial septal defect was successfully treated without the need for open heart surgery, using a medical device called an occluder. "Her heart defect has been completely eliminated," says Dr.Krivoshchekov, "her blood flow is now normal. Dasha is in good health." Dasha's parents Natalia and Andrei are immensely grateful for the help.

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