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Two-Year-Old Slava Has a Complex Heart Defect.

Open-Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.

Slava Zharkov, two years old, suffers from a complex heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He needs a Fontan surgical procedure at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. The cost is $220,725. Russian Gift of Life USA'sMoscow partner  the children's charity Rusfond, has pledged to raise the medical costs. An additional $6,570 is needed to cover accommodations in the US, food, transportation, and other related costs. Thanks to the support of Rusfond donors, Slava had open-heart surgery in Berlin last year. However, the defect he has requires three stages of surgical treatment.

Salva's mother writes: "German specialists confirmed their ability to do the third and final surgery, but only when our son’s weight is 12-14 kg. But our little Slava doesn't eat well. His weight is just 10 kg and he has only managed to gain 1 kg over the past year. He is often short of breath, has coughing fits, and gets tired quickly. It breaks my heart to see that he is getting worse and worse. We found out about a hospital in the United States, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where this heart defect can be treated successfully. We sent Slava's records to the hospital. They are ready to accept us there. However, the cost is enormous. My husband's income and Slava's disability are barely enough to make ends meet as it is. Our eldest son is three years old and goes to kindergarten. I stay home with Slava all the time and can’t work.

Please don’t give up on us, please help"

Veronika Zharkova, Voronezh Region.


Professor Jonathan J. Rome, M.D., a leading cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says

"Sviatoslav Zharkov has a complex congenital heart defect and has undergone two operations to palliate his condition. To further improve his cardiac function and oxygenation, he will need to undergo the Fontan surgical procedure. Our hospital has a great deal of experience in performing these operations and we are happy to accept the boy at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the spring of 2013 for this procedure".

The cost of Slava 's surgery is $220,725. The cost of accommodations, food, transportation and other associated expenses for Slava and his mother is $6,570, but the family doesn't have such a large amount of money. Please help. The Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the funds necessary for Slava's open-heart surgery.
Russian Gift of Life USA has raised the remaining funds necessary for Slava's care.
Slava was successfully operated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on July 17, 2013.
Russian Gift of Life USA is now helping to fund medical missions to Slava's hometown of Voronezh, Russia. The first mission took place in November 2013.

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