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Twelve-Year-Old Tatiana Has An Atrial Septal Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.

Tatiana has an ASD, an atrial septal defect. It's a birth defect in which the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart (atria) does not close completely. Tatiana risks pulmonary hypertension, stroke, and heart failure if it the ASD is not fixed.

Tanya was among more than two hundred children screened for heart defects on a Russian Gift of Life sponsored screening mission. Based on her condition and the lack of funding for its correction in Russia, Tanya was accepted at Saint Francis Hospital in New York.

It was long journey from her hometown of Lipetsk, a region southwest of Moscow that takes 6 to 8 hours to reach by car or train. But it’s a trip she and her mother will never forget.

Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life, USA raised the funds necessary for Tatiana's surgery and travel expenses thanks to your generosity.

Tatiana was successfully operated at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York on December 22, 2010.

For news footage of Tatiana's recovery at Saint Francis Hospital, please click here.

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