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Daniel Has Heart Disease and Cerebral Palsy

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 6/11/2015
Since birth, Daniel has been on the register at the regional cardiac center where he lives. Some specialists there insist that only open-heart surgery can effectively treat his heart defect, while others believe that prolonged general anesthesia would cause Daniel irreparable harm. When he turned one, Daniel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Since then he has not stopped treating the disease and has achieved a great deal. He has almost overcome delays in his physical development: Daniel walks on tiptoes and stumbles, but otherwise everything else is good. He needs to play sports in order to develop, but because of his ailing heart even physical education classes are prohibited. Surgeons at the Tomsk Cardiac Center are prepared to close the defect without cutting open his chest. Daniel would be able to tolerate this kind of operation. But his mother is not able to pay for the operation. They live on disability and social welfare and do not receive any child support.

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