Russian Boy Gets New Heart In India

by
Hana LaRock
A Russian boy gets a heart from an Indian boy and is the youngest in his country to undergo a heart transplant.

Russian baby gets Indian heart

A young Russian boy gets the gift of life when an Indian couple made the decision to donate their son's heart to a toddler in need.

Nelli Kundriatceva did everything she could to help save her two year old son, Gleb. Gleb was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at age one. Cardiomyopathy is a disease where the heart has difficulty pumping blood, which puts a huge amount of pressure on the lungs. The only way to save her baby was through a heart transplant. 

After raising enough money from families in Russia, Nelli took her son to Munich, Germany to get the heart he needed. Unfortunately, the doctor's told her his lung pressure was too high to perform the transplant.

Nelli thought she was out of options, but she didn't give up. After finding contacts in the U.S and India, she learned the U.S was too expensive, but maybe there was hope in India.

Nelli and Gleb got on a plane to India, and two months later, Gleb was first on the list for a new heart. The heart and other organs came from a two year old Indian boy in Bangalore who was brain dead.

Doctors at Fortis Malar hospital in Chennai performed the surgery on two year old Gleb in December. According to doctors at the hospital, he is quickly recovering.

His mom said, "This is the biggest gift that God has given me this New Year."

Gleb is the youngest boy in Russia to undergo a heart transplant surgery,  giving hope to future candidates in his country.

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