Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Masha.
Masha was born with heart disease.
Masha is a 7 month old baby with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot - this used to be called “Blue Baby” syndrome due to the frequency with which these babies can become cyanosed (blue lips) which is very distressing for the child and for the family.
The prevailing trend now is to have this defect repaired before 1 year of age - as the problems become much more pronounced in toddler years when they need the energy and oxygen to run around. Masha was lucky, and with her defect being fixed at this age, she has a good chance of a normal childhood - but will need close follow up as some children require further surgery later in childhood.
Masha had some issues with strider (sore throat causing obstruction) - although she was off her breathing machine less than 2 hours after the surgery, she spent the next 4 days in the ICU. Masha is pictured in the position she felt most comfortable in - leaning forward against a pillow.
Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Voronezh, where Masha was operated. The first mission took place in November 2013.