After two and a half months in Israel, Arwa and her mom are on their way home to Kurdistan!! Thank you for your prayers for this little trooper. We still stand in awe of the results of the medical work done in her life at Sheba Hospital, at first not being sure she was even operable and then having her surgery and coming out of it in good shape. God is good.
We will miss Arwa’s mom, so kind and supportive and loving to us serving in Ashdod. We wish them well and trust we will see them again someday.
And now, discharged to Kurdistan
Today we went to Sheba Hospital with Arwa and her mother in the hope that the ultrasound would turn out well. If they had a good ultrasound, they could return home after being three months here in Ashdod. You can imagine how happy Arwa’s mother was when the doctor came back with the good news that the ultrasound looked good and that Arwa and she could go home.
Arwa is still taking prescribed medication, but that doesn’t make the good news any less!
We are so happy for them that one of these days, they will be able to travel back to Kurdistan, to their beloved family! Praise God for His gracious provision, He is good!!
Today was Arwa’s big surgery day at Sheba Hospital. She and her mother were already up early, because Arwa really wanted to drink water, but she wasn’t allowed.
Arwa’s mother cleaned Arwa before the surgery, she signed some forms and then it was time to go. I was able to be there when Arwa received anesthesia. This was a difficult moment for her mother to see her daughter slowly go away. I helped her mother to the waiting area, where she cried and called with her family.
After five hours, the surgeon came out with the releasing word: Arwa is okay. They did full repair and Arwa is stable. The mother was so relieved! She kept praising God for his mercy.
When it was time for me to go home, Arwa’s mother expressed her gratitude that I was there for her. She couldn’t have done this day without support. Even though sometimes it’s awkward to wait with a mother for surgery, especially because of the language barrier, I know that being there is enough. Thank you Lord!
Arwa was taken to Sheba Hospital for her dental surgery today; this so she doesn’t have any infections for her upcoming heart surgery.
Arwa was quite calm in the morning, but when it was time to go to the surgery room, she didn’t like it anymore. Her mother walked to the waiting area in tears and I comforted her. It was hard for her to see Arwa going to sleep while being upset.
I took Arwa’s mother to the other Kurdish mothers in the hospital. It helped us both to make the time go by faster. When we came back to the dental clinic, we waited for another 30 minutes before Arwa came out.
While she was waking up, the dentist explained to her mother that she didn’t have to pull any teeth. She only fixed some and cleaned the rest. Arwa’s mother was happy with the result.
Arwa went to the ICU due to a low oxygen level, but after three hours I was able to take her and her mom back to our community house in Ashdod. Praise God for a good day. Now we will wait for Arwa’s heart surgery.
This Saturday Arwa had a little medical difficulty. This sensitive little girl had low oxygen and a productive cough all day, and we decided better safe than sorry and took her to the Sheba Medical Center’s Pediatric ER at nine at night. The doctors examined her and decided to hospitalize her.
Arwa doesn’t like examinations and often makes that loudly clear. But by two in the morning, she was exhausted and couldn’t manage more than a few half-hearted cries. We were all very tired by the end of that evening, or very early morning.
For now Arya is waiting in the secondary ICU while she has tests and examinations. The doctors tell me her condition is extremely complicated, and may not even be operable. Please pray that they find a way to treat this little girl.
Arwa and her mother came today from Kurdistan. We had a great car ride with her and her mother, having collected them from the border with Jordan. They both came in high spirits. As soon as we got to the Ashdod house they immediately started conversing with the other families that we have here in Ashdod.
They are very sociable and we love that they are here and we can’t wait to get to know them more.