Payman's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

The High Intensity Environment Where Payman Rests

Posted on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 18:33 by Jeff Sheehan

Intensive care is high level care, managed by highly skilled & trained medical staff. Up to the minute information displayed on a monitor gives us a picture of a patient's overall status. To keep track of the delicate balance of inner body function, blood tests are carried out at regular intervals. The feedback provides details of adequate ventilation, vital organ function, and electrolyte imbalance. All this allows the medical team to intervene if necessary & provide sedation, analgesia, minerals, nutrients, & inotropic [heart strengthening medication] support.
Three year old Payman is at present in this high care environment. She is still ventilated, sedated & paralyzed, to give her body optimal rest & recovery from major open heart surgery. The doctor who was present during our visit was doing an echocardiogram on her. He informed us that she was doing well and that her vital observations backed up his prognosis. 
Payman's grandmother was also more in control of her feelings. Her verbal responses showed less anxiety. In closing, a visit like this makes one feel good. The opportunity to spend time and have fellowship with someone who is far from home, who is concerned about the invalid husband she has left behind and her sick granddaughter, tells her that we care.

Mending Hearts on Payman's Surgery Day

Posted on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 00:39 by Kristina Kayser

Life is often etched with overwhelming pain, yet the redeeming factor in it all is that God is not absent in our struggle. At the very core of human experience and suffering is the truth that "through the Lord's mercies, we are not consumed. His compassions fail not. They are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23a). The poignancy of this scripture was manifested in the timing of Payman's surgery today. 
During the night Payman

A Day Filled With Grace

Posted on Thu, 06/02/2011 - 00:00 by Kristina Kayser

Surely, we "do not know what a day may bring forth," (Proverbs 27:1), yet we can rejoice regardless in the hope that God's grace is always sufficient. The sun rose over Jerusalem as our faithful VW van headed towards Sheba Medical Center this morning. Inside was precious cargo: a sleepy three-year-old girl named Payman and her faithful grandmother from a war-torn city in Northern Iraq. Payman's journey to Israel was prompted by a life-threatening heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. There are four malfunctions in her heart that need critical intervention

Payman from northern Iraq

Posted on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 13:43 by danny

Three-year-old Payman is from a city divided by violence in northern Iraq. Her heart defect (called Tetralogy of Fallot) has left oxygen levels in her blood at only 76% of normal. Without surgery her life is at immediate risk; with surgery he can have a full and normal life. We hope to bring her to Israel within the next three weeks.