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Nine-Year-Old Valya Has A Heart Defect. Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.

"I, the grandmother of an orphaned girl, appeal to you for help. Little Valya has a heart defect. She urgently needs an operation that costs a lot of money. Valya's father left us when she was six months old. He never married officially, was never interested in the child, never paid a penny to help. My daughter, Valya's mother, died six months ago. We are left together in sorrow. A have an old cottage, with no amenities. My pension is 4,118 rubles a month (less than $140 a month). I became my granddaughter's guardian and receive a survivor's benefits for her. Everything that she needs, I get for her. Valya is very affectionate and inquisitive, getting straight "A"s in the second grade. She doesn't know how hard it is to look after her, knowing that at any moment her life could end. I beg you with tears in my eyes, please don't let little Valya pass away! With great respect,"

Maria Vlasova
Tomsk region

Valya was successfully operated at the Tomsk Cardiac Center in Siberia on May 26, 2010.

Valya's grandmother, Maria, thanks you for helping to save her granddaughter's life.

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