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Please Help Save Maria.

Maria was born with heart disease.

Maria is six months old and suffers from Transposition of the Great Arteries.


Transposition of the great arteries is a severe congenital heart defect in which the two large arteries that carry blood out of the heart are connected to the heart abnormally. As a result, the normal flow of blood in the body does not exist and Maria does not get enough oxygenated blood.

Maria’s nine hour operation was done by Drs. Novick and Bykov during the eighth medical mission to Voronezh, Russia. This operation was her second 
surgery, having had a previous palliative shunt and PA band. Her defect - Transposition of the Great Arteries - is usually operated correctively in the first month of age, but the local team did not yet have the experience to do this confidently so a palliative procedure was done. Her chest was left open as a 
precaution, and she encountered some complications of venous obstruction in her neck. Yet her chest was closed the next day, she was extubated two days later, and was comfortable and feeding in the Intensive Care Unit as the team was departing.

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

Maria was successfully operated on March 6, 2017.

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