An international team from the William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance will be arriving in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on September 24th. The team is scheduled to perform multiple, complex open-heart surgeries together with their Russian counterparts.
The medical staff at the Nizhny Novgorod Cardiac Center is hard at work preparing for this fourth surgical training mission. Many children are on a waiting list, hoping for a new chance at life. One of those children is two year old Denis. As a newborn in 2014, doctors found Denis had a complex heart defect. He has had two surgeries already in his young life - one right after birth and a second when Dr. Novick's team visited Nizhny Novgorod in June 2015. Now Denis is turning blue, goes short of breath and tires easily. He needs a third and final operation to correct his problem.
Fortunately, Gift of Life, Inc. has stepped in to fund a medical mission to Denis' home town so that he can have a chance to lead a life like other boys his age.