Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Anastasia.
Anastasia is 1 year and 3 months old. She was born with heart disease.
Anastasia had multiple holes between the pumping chambers in the heart, defects called Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD). Most children only have one hole, but Anastasia had at least 3. She also had an additional obstruction to the blood flow into her lungs called Pulmonary Stenosis. Closure of a VSD is the most common heart operation needed and done worldwide, and although part of the early training of most pediatric heart surgeons, the treatment of multiple VSDs is challenging and very dependent on the whole team experience, as well as surgical experience.
In most cases, not all holes need to be closed. Some will close spontaneously, and an informed decision about the timing of surgery and the specific plan for each patient is critical to the overall success.
Anastasia’s surgery was performed by Dr. Novick, assisted by Dr. Sergey Bykov. She came off of the ventilator in ICU 2 hours after the surgery, and left the ICU only 2 days later.
Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Anastasia's hometown of Voronezh. The first mission took place in November 2013.