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Please Help Save Danil.

Danil was born with heart disease the day before the Novick Cardiac Alliance medical team arrived in Voronezh. 

He was operated on at six days of age for Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). This heart defect requires surgery within the first few weeks of life. Surgical repair of TGA, known as an Arterial Switch operation, is a single stage life saving procedure. Very few babies with this diagnosis would live beyond two to three months of age unoperated. 

Danil's open-heart surgery was the first Arterial Switch operation led by Dr. Sergey Bykov, closely assisted by Dr. Novick. Previously Dr. Bykov had assisted in three such operations that were led by Dr. Novick.

Open-heart surgery on a six-day-old baby is inherently complicated and Danil was no exception. Yet Danil came off the ventilator on the third post-operative day and was awake and alert. The next day he had pulmonary complications and had to be placed back on the ventilator. Nevertheless, the team was happy with his progress overall and his follow-up Intensive Care was done in the pediatric hospital close by. 


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


Danil was successfully operated in October 20, 2016.

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