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Twelve Year Old Boy Saved in Moscow

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 9/9/2016
Kostya is twelve years old. He was born with heart disease. 

Kostya has a ventricular septal defect – more commonly known as a hole in his heart. Specifically the ventricular defect is a hole between the wall that separates the lower heart chambers. Kostya has lived with this life-threatening defect for twelve years! He has been waiting his whole life for help. Options for treatment where he lives are very limited. Dr. Gorbachevsky, a specialist in pulmonary hypertension, examined Kostya at the Bakulev Center. He recommends that he get help soon.

If the defect is not repaired and the hole closed, Kostya risks heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary over-circulation, stroke, and in several years - death. Kostya is from Crimea.

The Bakulev Center has accepted Kostya for medical treatment. His defect can be closed without the need for open heart surgery using a device called an occluder. However, at the beginning of 2016, there were no funds available for Kostya's procedure.


“Please help save our son Kostya. We have five children and cannot afford the surgery.” – Svetlana and Oleg Brantsev, Crimea. 

Without this medical procedure, Kostya will get worse and may not live into adulthood.

Kostya was successfully operated on August 23, 2016.

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