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Zharkov Svyatoslav

Voronezh.

Diagnosis: congenital heart disorder. This baby is not born yet. His disorder was revealed during the ultrasound. With such a complicated disease the baby will die during the first 2 or 3 days of his life, if the surgery is not performed. There is very little time for finding the money. The surgery costs 236,000 rubles (7,850 dollars).
12 January 2011

From the mother’s letter:

Soon my baby will be born. We haven’t decided on a name yet, we’re not sure of the gender either, but we can’t wait to see him or her. We’re waiting with both joy and fear. The baby is not yet born, but the doctors in Voronezh have already lost hope on him, they say the baby will die soon after being born. When I was 22 weeks pregnant, they found a congenital heart disorder in my baby’s heart. They said there was nothing that could be done.

For the first few days we were in shock. We wanted to do something, to help the baby somehow. At the same time we had no idea what to do, who to ask for help. But we decided that we’d fight for our baby’s life. We started researching online, we called different doctors, we went in for consults. It turned out that there were ways of saving my child. We just needed to get help on time. The first surgery must be done within the first day of his life, the second must be done on the tenth day. It is a great risk, but there is a chance that he’d survive. Doctors in Saint-Petersburg City Children’s Hospital #1 have experience in similar surgeries and the survival rate is good, which means my child will live too.

Both surgeries cost 236,000 rubles (7,850 dollars). It is a lot of money for our family. Only my husband works, I am taking care of our older son. We simply don’t have that kind of money to pay for these surgeries. I am asking you to help a little person that is not yet born. Many children come to this world easily, but my little baby needs your help.

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