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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Savva.

Savva is one and a half years old. He was born with a very complex heart defect.


“We have two children. Our older son is two years old, he is healthy. But our younger one, Savva was born with severe congenital heart disease - hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He was diagnosed when I was still pregnant. In Russia, we were turned down for medical treatment. They said that with such a diagnosis he will not live long. We started to look for clinics abroad. Thanks to the donations of many kind people, Savva had his first two surgeries in Germany. They were difficult for him. Now he needs one final operation on his heart. We turned to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA), where they successfully treat children with this diagnosis. But we are not in a position to pay the invoice from the American hospital. My husband is a priest, I care for our children. Please, help.” Anna Martynenko, Voronezh Region.

Without this final surgery, Savva will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Savva, 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 young boy needs you. He and his family have nowhere to turn. With your help we can save Savva’s life.
The Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the funds necessary for Savva's open-heart surgery. Private donors in Russia, Germany, Canada, and other countries as well as Russian Gift of Life USA and contributors to Rusfond USA have raised the remaining funds necessary to support Savva and his parents while they are in the United States for medical treatment.
Savva was successfully operated on January 9, 2015.
Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are now helping to fund medical training missions to Savva's hometown of Voronezh. The first mission took place in November 2013 at which time we first met Savva and his family.

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