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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Anastasia.

Anastasia is eleven years old. She was born with heart disease.

Anastasia has an atrial septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in her heart. Specifically it's a hole between the wall that separates the upper heart chambers. As a result, blood continues to flow from the left to the right atria. If too much blood moves from the right side of the heart, pressure in the lungs builds up. Options for treatment where she lives are limited. She has lived with this life-threatening defect for eleven years! In June 2015, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Anastasia during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission.
If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Anastasia risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Anastasia is from the Lipetsk Region of Russia.

Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Anastasia 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. Anastasia's family 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.

“Please help us come to New York for heart surgery.” – Vera Dolmatova, Lipetsk Region, Russia.

Without this medical procedure, Anastasia will get worse and may not live into adulthood. If you would like to help Anastasia, 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 everyone’s help we can save Anastasia’s life.
Anastasia was successfully operated at St. Francis Hospital on March 2, 2016.

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