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Six-Year-Old Igor Has a Heart Defect.
Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.

Igor is a six-year-old boy with a congenital heart defect. Endovascular surgery can save his life. The full cost of the operation is $42,473. 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 (Odessa – Moscow - New York – Moscow - Odessa) for $1,881.

Russian Gift of Life, USA and Odessa Gift of Life raised the funds needed for Igor's heart surgery and travel expenses from Ukraine.


Igor has an ASD (an atrial septal defect), a condition in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers does not close completely. As a result, blood continues to flow from the left to the right atria. If too much blood moves from the right side of the heart, pressure in the lungs builds up. He was first diagnosed with this condition only six months ago at the age of five. Yet options for treatment in his area of Ukraine are limited. If the ASD is not closed, Igor risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Igor is from Odessa, Ukraine.

Igor's defect can be treated without the need for open-heart surgery, using a medical device called an amplatzer.

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 so he can live like other boys his age.

Igor's life-saving heart surgery was

successfully performed on January 16, 2013.

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