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Save A Child from Heart Disease.
Please Help Save Five Year Old Artem.

is a five-year-old boy with a life-threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular surgery can save his life.


Artem has a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to close normally after birth. As a result, he has abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that surround the heart. Options for medical treatment where he lives are limited. In June 2015, Dr. Gorbachevsky examined Artem during a Russian Gift of Life USA sponsored screening mission.


If the PDA is not closed, Artem risks heart failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Artem is from the Lipetsk Region of Russia.


Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Artem for medical treatment. His defect can be closed without the need for open-heart surgery using a device called an amplatzer. But the cost of the medical device used to close the hole, expendable medical supplies, airfare, US visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850. Artem's family is appealing to Gift of Life, Inc., Russian Gift of Life USA and to our partner, the Rusfond children's charity for assistance.


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. Once these funds are raised Artem can come to the US and have a chance at a new life without heart disease. He will be able to live like other boys his age.

Artem was successfully operated on May 18, 2016.

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