The door opened and the first thing I could see was four smiling faces. How great to meet Lozan and Kale and their mothers again in Jordan! After they had dinner, we had a few minutes to talk about their experiences in Israel. Kale and Lozan both looked very good. They were smiling all the time. They were probably very excited to go home to see their families. Lozan's and Kale's mothers were very thankful and we all could see that something changed their hearts. The sorrows they had when they arrived at our house in February seem to have been lost in Haifa. Please keep praying for them!
Lozan is doing very well today, and looks like she is ready to go. While we were visiting, one of her baby teeth fell out, but she took it in stride, smiling. Lozan is scheduled for another echo next week to see if she is ready to go home.
Today Lozan was at the apartment doing well and enjoying the small games and activities that are keeping her occupied. Looks like Lozan is ready to go home, just waiting on the doctor's green light after her next (and hopefully last) echo.
This morning Lozan had her echocardiogram and checkup. Dr. Braver said that the surgery was successful, but that Lozan has a little pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart). With some medication she will be alright. In one week she will have another echo. Let us pray that it will be excellent.
I want to ask you to pray too for Lozan's mother, who needs to see a gynecologist while she is here in Haifa.
Lozan, her mother and the other Iraqi families attended our Palm Sunday church service. Lozan and Kucher had candles and joined the children's march. Before we dissmissed the people, we had a special prayer for the Iraqi children who are in Haifa and for Karim in Tel HaShomer hospital in Tel Aviv.
Less than 18 hours after her surgery, Lozan was removed from the respirator and stable. Today she gave me many smiles and waves and is recovering quite well. The doctors said surgery went well and they expect a quick and full recovery.
After her surgery was postponed from Wednesday, Lozan finally had her surgery this afternoon. Dr. Bar - El said it was a successful one. Right away Lozan was taken to the ICU, where we could see her. She was still asleep, connected to the machines and the different tubes.
Lozan's mother was thankful to God for the successful surgery, but she still had tears in her eyes while she was answering the several phone calls from the husband and the different family members back home. The only few Kurdish words I could understand were "bash" (good), "su pass" (thanks), and "khwahafeez" (see you).
Lozan's mother got her room, we prayed togather and thanked God for His care and mercies.
Yesterday I took Karim and Kucher with me to spend some time with Lozan and her mother who were waiting for the surgery that was postponed until this afternoon.
Monday we had a very busy day, yet we experienced God's grace in a wonderful way. I started early in the morning, taking my two daughters, one at a time, to their hospitals, then I went to Rambam to get Lozan and her mother back home. Sunday, Lozan had a cath and this morning had another echo.
The doctor was gracious to explain to me Lozan's heart problem in detail. She has an ASD (atrial septal defect) between the atria. The right two pulmonary arteries go to the right atrium instead of to the left one. So they need to close the ASD and connect the two pulmonary arteries to the left atrium. God willing, this will heal Lozan's heart and she will be able to have a normal life.
I send you my warmest greetings from the beautiful city of Haifa. Haifa is still hosting Iraqi children for their heart surgeries. Some have left the city and gone back home, but not before experiencing God's grace and mercies. Some are still in the city waiting for their last check up or their surgery.
This afternoon, I received a telephone call from the surgery room in Rambam asking me to admit Luzan at the children's section. She will have her surgery, God willing, tomorrow morning. Apparently there is a vacant bed in the ICU.
Lozan was admitted, got her bed and had her regular tests. She is now ready for an early open-heart surgery tomorrow morning. Let us all pray that Jesus would supervise Lozan's surgery. Pray for us as we accompany Lozan's mother during the surgery. Usually we read with the mothers Psalm 34 and some other promises from the New Testament.