On October 2-4th, cardiac surgeon Dr. Gorbachevsky assisted by echo tech Marina Vladimirskaya traveled to Ulyanovsk to screen children for heart defects. The city of Ulyanovsk is located on the Volga river, 555 miles east of Moscow and has a population of about 613,000 people. Originally named Simbirsk, the city was renamed Ulyanovsk in 1924 in honor of Vladimir Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. The communist leader was born in Simbirsk in 1870 and died in 1924. Coincidentally, Russian political leader Alexander Kerensky was also born in Simbirsk. After the February 1917 Russian Revolution, Kerensky served as Minister of Justice in the democratic Russian Provisional Government. In May 1917 he became Minister of War. In July he became the second Prime Minister until it was overthrown by the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. He spent the remainder of his life in exile, dying in New York City at the age of 89.
Irina Rudinskaya, RGOL's representative in Russia, helped arrange the screening mission with the local Ministry of Health. One hundred and sixteen children were screened for heart disease. Due to the nature of their defects, several children were selected as candidates for treatment in the US on the Gift of Life program. Other children will be operated at the Bakulev Center in Moscow.