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Because of the severity of her condition, Evelina had to be transported to Children's for treatment

When Victor Beletsky’s daughter was born in his native Moscow, he and his wife couldn’t have been happier. But shortly after Evelina’s birth doctors noticed she was having trouble eating and their joy quickly turned to panic. Evelina was born with a gastrointestinal tract disorder that led to her losing a significant portion of it, resulting in short bowel syndrome (SBS). SBS refers to any condition where a large portion of the small bowel is either missing (due to surgery or a variety of genetic and acquired disorders) or isn’t working properly for some other reason. With SBS, the body cannot adequately digest or absorb sugars, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Russian doctors quickly tried to rectify baby Evelina’s condition, and performed two emergency operations that removed almost 90 percent of her intestine.

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