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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Maria.

Maria was born with heart disease.

Maria is five months old and has a ventricular septal defect.


A ventricular septal defect (VSD) describes one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. Ventricular septal defect is one of the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defects. It may occur by itself or with other congenital diseases.

The most common symptoms of a VSD include: shortness of breath, hard breathing, paleness, failure to gain weight, and frequent respiratory infections.

Maria's surgery was done on the first day of the eighth medical mission to Voronezh, Russia by Dr. Bykov. She was breathing on her own after two hours, and left the Intensive Care Unit two days later. Maria is unlikely to need any further surgery and the age at which her operation was done was optimal and typical for top centers worldwide.

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 February 27, 2017.

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