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Please Help Save Zakhar.

Zakhar was born with heart disease.

Zakhar is four days s old and has 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 exists and Zakhar does not get enough oxygenated blood. 

Zakhar, born only 4 days prior to the start of the medical mission was the first operation. Performed as a semi-urgent procedure transposition of the great arteries is usually operated in the first weeks of life. Local surgeon Dr. Orlov had performed the same operation called an arterial switch operation on another baby just the previous week and did this with supervision from Dr. Novick. Zakhar had some complications pre-operatively and was sick in the intensive care unit post operatively - but recovered well over the next 3 days, came off the ventilator, and left the Intensive Care Unit on Sunday, April 9th, his fifth post-operative day.

The Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Nizhny Novgorod, where Zakhar was operated. The first mission took place in November 2014.

Zakhar was successfully operated on April 4, 2017.

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