So with the completion of the echo, the doctor smiled at Ronyal and told her that her heart was doing very well, and she's free to return to her home in Iraq! So she was released with much joy in her eyes (and her mother's eyes), with the invitation to return to Israel for follow-up surgery in one year.
We were all very glad for this news, and so thankful to see what God has done. I was especially grateful to see this beautiful new hope for Ronyal's life; it seems like just yesterday I met her in the echocardiogram screening in Kurdistan (around two months ago), a frail, frail girl with no life in her eyes. Her life was on the line every minute we waited and strove to get her to Israel in time, and it's so very evident God's hand was leading every second, caring for every need. Now she has more color in her face, more strength in her bones, a much healthier appetite, and most beautiful- the light of life glowing in those lovely eyes. I'm so very thankful for this beautiful girl I have been able to call sister, and look forward with eager expectation to see how the Lord will continue moving in her life!
Please be praying for this young girl and her mother. We just thank God that she was in the hospital when this happened, I know He was looking after her. We may never know how close she was to death. She has lived like this for 15 years and this almost seems impossible but with God all things are possible. Her already being extubated is really a good sign. Very seldom do they extubate someone this soon. Pray that this will be a beginning to a new life for her.
She seemed unhappy about being confined to the private room with its quiet environment and uncomfortable loneliness; in the children's ward there is 'life' bustling all around, especially with the Iraqi mothers visiting each other when their children are resting or asleep. As we wait, we can only pray for God's continuing guidance upon her journey of healing.