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Nine-Year-Old Danila Has a Heart Defect.
Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.

Danila is a nine-year-old boy with a congenital heart defect. He also suffers from Down's Syndrome. Endovascular surgery can save his life. The full cost of the operation is $43,000. Dr. Sean Levchuck at Saint Francis Hospital will perform the surgery for free, but the cost of expendable medical supplies, airfare, living expenses and support for the family is $8,565. Russian Gift of Life USA’s Moscow partner the children’s charity Rusfond has funded the family’s flight (Moscow – New York – Moscow) for $2,181. Russian Gift of Life USA and Gift of Life, Inc. raised the additional $6,384 needed for Danila's heart surgery and related expenses.


Danila has a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to close normally after birth. As a result, he has abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that surround the heart. If the PDA is not closed, Danila risks heart failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Danila is from a small village in the Lipetsk Region of Russia.

Danila's defect can be treated without the need for open-heart surgery.



Through a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure, Dr. Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital, will be able to correct the boy's heart condition and improve his life.



Danila's life-saving heart surgery was successfully completed on August 15, 2012.  

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