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Save A Child from Heart Disease
Please Help Save Vlera.

Vlera was born with heart disease. 

Vlera is a six-year-old girl with a life-threatening congenital heart defect. Endovascular surgery can save her life.


Vlera has a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a condition in which a blood vessel fails to close normally after birth. As a result, she has abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that surround the heart. Options for medical treatment where she lives are limited.


If the PDA is not closed, Vlera risks heart failure, bleeding in the lungs, problems with lung development, or endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart). Vlera is from Kosovo.


Fortunately, Saint Francis Heart Center has accepted Vlera for medical treatment. Her defect can be closed without the need for open-heart surgery using a device called an occluder. But the cost of the medical device used to close the hole, expendable medical supplies, airfare, US visas, support for the family, and other associated expenses is $72,850. Vlera's family is appealing to The Gift of Life, Inc. children's charity for assistance.


Dr. Sean Levchuck, Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital will perform the procedure for free and the hospital will donate most of their services, leaving $7,850. Once these funds are raised Vlera can come to the US and have a chance at a new life without heart disease. She will be able to live like other girls her age.



Vlera was successfully operated on January 18, 2017.

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