Five-Year-Old Viktoria Has a Heart Defect.
Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.
Viktoria is a five-year-old girl with a life-threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular
surgery can save her life. The full cost of the operation is $62,473.
Dr. Sean Levchuck at Saint Francis Hospital will perform the surgery for
free, but the cost of airfare, visas, living expenses and support for the family is $4,565. Russian Gift of Life USA’s
Moscow partner the children’s charity Rusfond has funded the
family’s flight (Moscow – New York – Moscow) for $2,085.
Russian Gift of Life, USA is raising the funds needed for Viktoria's heart surgery and travel expenses from Russia.
Viktoria 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, Viktoria risks heart
failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or
endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Though she has had her heart defect since birth, doctors only discovered it in December of 2012. Viktoria's mother Irina was shocked. "My little one had to have surgery on her foot, and it was during the medical evaluations for that that doctors discovered she had a heart defect! I've been very scared for my daughter's health ever since. Thank God for the Gift of Life!"
Viktoria is from the Lipetsk Region of Russia. She loves to draw.
Viktoria's defect can be treated without
the need for open-heart surgery. Dr. Sean Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint
Francis Hospital, will be able to correct the girl's
heart condition so she can live like other girls her age.
Viktoria's life-saving heart surgery was
successfully performed on December 18, 2013.
For a first hand account of Vika's surgery, please click here.