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Four-Year-Old Boy Accepted for Life-Saving Surgery at St. Francis Hospital

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 7/6/2015
Ramazan has a life threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular surgery can save his life. This little Russian boy has an atrial septal defect, more commonly known as a hole in the heart. Specifically it's a hole between the wall that separates the upper heart chambers. As a result, blood continues to flow from the left to the right atria. If too much blood moves from the right side of the heart, pressure in the lungs builds up. Ramazan has lived with this life threatening defect his whole life. If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Ramazan risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, pulmonary hypertension and stroke. Ramazan is from Cherkessk, Russia.

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