RGOL volunteer Witaly Jakowlew brought Andrei and Daniil and their mothers to Saint Francis Hospital yesterday morning for a medical evaluation. Executive Director Michael Yurieff assisted in interpreting. The medical staff performed an electrocardiogram to confirm the boys' diagnoses. Dr. Levchuck examined the two new patients, met with the families, and confirmed plans for their surgery later this month.
Though from the same region in Russia, neither family knew each other until Gift of Life brought them together for heart surgery in the United States. The boys now keep each other company at the newly remodeled Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.