Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save David.
David was born with heart disease.
David is three days old.
David was born the same day as the team was beginning their travel for the eighth medical mission to Voronezh, Russia. His defect - Hypoplastic Aortic Arch and Ventricular Septal Defect, often repaired in two stages, was able to be repaired in a single procedure by Dr. Bykov and lasting over 7 hours. Such a prolonged surgery on a baby of only 3 days of age is highly risky and as a precaution, David’s chest was left open after the operation. His postoperative course was marked by renal failure requiring dialysis and tachycardia. His chest was closed two days later and he was transferred on the 6th of March recovering with no significant issues, but still on the ventilator, to the nearby perinatal Intensive Care Unit.
The Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA are helping to fund medical training missions to Voronezh, where David was operated. The first mission took place in November 2013.
David was successfully operated on February 28, 2017.