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Four Year Old Gunesh Needs Open-Heart Surgery.
Gunesh is four years old.
She was born with heart disease.
Her first opne-heart surgery was successfully completed in Saint Petersburg.
She now urgently needs a second open-heart operation to save her life.
Gunesh lives in Turkmenistan.
The longer Gunesh waits, the worse her condition will get.

Gunesh needs help now.


"Good day to the Gift of Life children’s charity staff. This letter is from the parents of Gunesh Khasanova,
her father, Aziz Khasanova, and her mother, Oguldzhemal Khalmedova. We are from Turkmenistan.
Our little Gunesh was seen at the Bakulev Center in Moscow May 15, 2014.  
After the medical exam
, doctors determined that our daughter needs a life-saving operation that will cost 275,000 rubles (~$7,800).
We implore you to help our daughter, Gunesh Khasanova, born on July 17, 2010.
She was originally diagnosed with congenital heart disease, single ventricle, and pulmonary stenosis at Children’s Hospital No. 1 in Saint Petersburg.
On January 21, 2011, our daughter had surgery at Children’s Hospital No. 1 in Saint Petersburg.
The doctors created a bidirectional cava-pulmonary anastomosis to save her then.

Our hearts have found a ray of hope that we can get help and that our daughter will live,
but when we learned about the amount we have to pay for the surgery, my legs gave out and
it was
excruciatingly painful for me the fact that the health and life of our little sunshine depends on money, which we never had.
We are a young family and in our country it is very difficult to find a job, and even if you do find one, then the salary is very low.
In our family,
only my husband works and he gets paid about $200 per month, I get an allowance from the government to care for my daughter
of about $26 per month and even my parents help us, all of which together leaves enough to lead a very modest lifestyle.

May God grant you success in your difficult work, lasting health to you and your families for your kindness and humanity.
Thanks to you,
many children’s hearts are beating. Let fate protect you and bring you lots of joy.
Take care
of yourselves, our children need you. If there were more people like you,
the world would be
more beautiful. We bow before you and before your priceless work."

Aziz Khasanov and Oguldzhemal Khalmedova, Turkmenistan

Gunesh underwent open-heart surgery at the Bakulev Center in Moscow on October 16, 2014.
Gunesh died from complications after surgery on November 29, 2014.

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