Spotlight – Kharkiv, Ukraine


When Liza was born her parents learned that she had two serious heart defects known as a patent ductus arteriosus and ventricular septal defect.  This worried them greatly because of the many serious health implications associated with these conditions.  Already, Liza’s little heart was beating abnormally fast because it had to work much harder to circulate the blood in her body.  Her parents lived with the uncertainty and stress of knowing that their child needed surgery for over a year, then, finally with the help of the surgical team, her operations were performed.  Shortly after her surgery she was giggling, playing peek-a-boo and diligently popping all bubbles blown by hospital staff.  Her mother expressed her excitement to see her daughter live a more normal life and said the first thing Lisa will do when she gets home is play with her dolls.

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