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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Misha.

Misha was born with heart disease.

He had been operated twice previously in April and December of 2014. Misha's defect is Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and effectively means he has half of a heart. Still considered inoperable in many developing centers, HLHS is the highest risk diagnosis of all cardiac defects. His condition requires three surgeries and carries a significant risk of death between each surgery.

Misha underwent a Fontan procedure - Stage 3 Norwood operation on October 20, 2016. Children who have had multiple surgeries are at increased risk of operative bleeding, and Misha was no exception. Nevertheless he was off the breathing machine five hours after surgery and left the Intensive Care Unit three days post-operatively. 

Misha's progress has been truly amazing. Misha's adolescent mother, supported by her own parents, has been with him throughout these traumatic two years. All three of Misha's surgeries were performed by Dr. Novick and although his defect is never truly "corrected," Misha now has normal oxygen levels and is energetic and active. At two years and nine months of age, he has undergone the final stage of his planned surgical strategy. Although he will require very close follow up, there is a good chance that he will require no further surgery until adolescence or early adulthood.


The Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Voronezh, where Misha was operated. The first mission took place in November 2013.


Misha was successfully operated in October 20, 2016.

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