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Two-Year-Old Slava Zharkov Undergoes Open-Heart Surgery

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 7/17/2013

Pavel's mother called Russian Gift of Life late this evening with the news that Slava's operation, while very long, was successful. She is very relieved and grateful. Slava is recovering in the intensive care unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) tonight. Dr. Gaynor performed the open-heart surgery and Slava's local doctor in Russian, Dr. Sergey Bykov observed the surgery. Dr. Gaynor was able to complete the third and final of three operations to correct Slava's hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Slava's prognosis is very good. GOL Board member Angela Lostritto and volunteer Vicki Greenberg comforted the mother while her son was in the operating room.


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