Please Help 3 Year Old Nadia. She has a heart defect called Ebstein's anomaly. She needs open-heart surgery.

Boston Children's Hospital

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We named our cherished daughter Nadezhda (“hope”) without knowing what was to come. At the maternity clinic, the doctor heard a noise in her tiny heart, and the ultrasound shocked us: congenital heart disease, Ebstein's anomaly. The first attack of palpitations occurred when Nadia was four months old. Then there were eleven more attacks of arrhythmia, each lasting for five or more hours. The supporting medications no longer help, and Nadia has a severe allergy to them. During her last examination, doctors confirmed that our daughter’s condition has gotten worse; her right heart ventricle is almost non-existent. Nadia needs open-heart surgery, but in Russia they won’t do it. Last fall, at an international conference on cardiovascular surgery, Pedro Del Nido, a doctor from Boston Children’s Hospital (USA), examined Nadia. This hospital uses the most advanced technologies to significantly improve treatment outcome. The hospital is prepared to accept Nadia as a patient, but we cannot afford to pay the enormous bill. Please help! 

Anna Litvinova,
Saint Petersburg. 

Pedro Del Nido, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital:
“Nadia’s tricuspid valve cusp is displaced towards the left ventricle, she urgently needs surgery. Our hospital has great experience in the surgical treatment of this defect, the girl has a good chance for recovery."

The cost of Nadia’s surgery is $69,210. We are happy to report that the Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the entire amount needed. Nadia is expected at the hospital in July. However, an additional $8,000 is required for her and her father and mother’s accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA.

If you want to help Nadia please don't let the cost stop you. You can contribute to Russian American Children's Foundation using a Credit Card, PayPal, or by sending a check made payable to:

Russian American Children's Foundation 
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300 
New York, NY 10170 

Thank you! All donations in excess of what is needed for Nadia will help other children in need of open-heart surgery. 

All the funds necessary for Nadia's care have been raised. Nadia was successfully operated on August 1, 2013. She is recovering in Boston with her parents by her side.

Nadia has been discharged from Boston Children's Hospital and returns to Russia a healthy, energetic little three-year-old. Her parents Anna and Nikita are grateful to everyone who helped their little girl become healthy.