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Six-Year-Old Danil Has A Heart Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.

Little Danil has coarctation of the aorta, a birth defect. The aorta is a major artery leading out of the heart. Coarctation means the artery has narrowed. Without treatment most people with his condition die before age 40.

At eight months of age, Danil had open heart surgery to correct the coarctation of his aorta. The surgery was successful for a time. However, as he grew, Danil's aorta again narrowed. 

Russian Gift of Life raised the funds needed for Danil's heart surgery and travel expenses from Russia. Danil is from Lipetsk, Russia.

Through a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure, Sean Levchuck, M.D., Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital will be able to correct the little boy's condition so he can live a normal life like other children his age.

Danil was successfully operated at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York on March 30, 2011.

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