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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Alexandra.

Alexandra is nine years old. She was born with heart disease.

Alexandra has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in her heart. Specifically it's a hole between the wall that separates the upper heart chambers. 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. Options for treatment where she lives are limited. She has lived with this life threatening defect for nine years!

If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Alexandra risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Alexandra is from the Lipetsk Region of Russia.

Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Alexandra for medical treatment. Her defect can be closed without the need for open-heart surgery using a device called an amplatzer. But the cost of the medical device, expendable medical supplies, airfare, visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850.
Alexandra's mother Elena is appealing to Gift of Life, Inc., Russian Gift of Life USA and to our partner, the children’s charity Rusfond for help.

Dr. Sean Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital, will perform the procedure for free and the hospital will donate most of their services leaving $7,850.
With additional support from Rusfond, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Gift of Life, Inc., and the Russian Gift of Life Emergency Fund $2,850 has been raised.

There is still a shortage of $5,000 for the medical device.
“I can't afford to bring my little girl to America. Please help save Alexandra's life.” – Elena Cherepnina, Liptesk Region, Russia.

Without this medical procedure, Alexandra will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Alexandra, don’t let the cost stop you. We are almost there. Please give what you can. Your gift in any amount will be gratefully accepted. A little girl needs you. She has nowhere else to turn. With everyone’s help we can save Alexandra’s life.


Gift of Life, Inc. has pledged $5,000 to cover the cost of the medical device.

Alexandra and her mother arrived in New York.

Alexandra's life-saving surgery was performed on May 7, 2014.

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