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Fourteen-Year-Old Vladimir Has A Ventricular Septal Defect. Open Heart Surgery Can Save His Life. Please Help.

Vladimir, who recently turned fourteen, is the adopted son of Father Alexander and Matushka Svetlana Antoshkin.  Fr. Alexander is Rector of the Church of the Nativity of Christ in Zvenigorod in the Moscow region.  Vladimir’s parents are deceased.  The Antoshkins adopted both Vladimir and his sister two years ago. Vladimir will be accompanied by Fr. Alexander and Matushka Svetlana’s 27-year-old daughter Maria Antoshkina.  Maria works for an Orthodox publication.  They will stay at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park.

Vladimir has a VSD (ventricular septal defect), a condition in which there are one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. This heart defect can cause complications including heart failure, bacterial infections of the heart, aortic valve insufficiency, delayed growth and development, high blood pressure, and shorteness of breath. 

Vladimir is from Zvenigorod, Russia.
His guardian, Maria, made the long journey from Russia with him.

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

Vladimir was successfully operated at Cohen's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York on August 3, 2010.

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