Four-Year-Old Dasha Has A Heart Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life.
Little Dasha is a very cute and active four-year-old girl. You'd never know
she has a life threatening heart defect. Little Dasha has a PDA
(patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to
close normally after birth. As a result, she has abnormal blood flow
between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that
surround the heart. If the PDA is not closed, Dasha risks heart
failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or
endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart).
Russian Gift of Life, USA raised the funds needed for Dasha's heart surgery and travel expenses from Russia. Dasha is from the Smolensk Region.
a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure, Sean Levchuck, M.D.,
Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital will be able
to correct the little girl's condition so she can live a normal life like
other children her age. Her life saving heart surgery was performed on January 18, 2012.
To see a five
minute documentary of how the procedure that can save four-year-old Dasha works and to learn more Russian Gift of Life, please click here.