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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Sixteen Year Old Maria.

Maria is sixteen years old. She was born with heart disease.

Maria has a ventricular septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in her heart. Specifically it's a hole between the wall that separates the lower heart chambers. Maria has lived with this life-threatening defect for sixteen years! She has been waiting her whole life for help. Options for treatment where she lives are very limited. In 2014, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Maria during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission. He recommends that she get help soon.

If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Maria risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension, stroke, and in several years - death. Maria is from Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Maria 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. Maria’s mother 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.

“We want to come to America to save our daughter.” – Oksana Parkhomenko, Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Without this medical procedure, Maria will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Maria, 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 girl needs you. She has nowhere else to turn. With your help we can save Maria’s life.

Maria was successfully operated on November 19, 2015.

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