Today, only ten days after she got discharged from her big open heart surgery, Lewan and her mom already boarded a plane back to Kurdistan.
Lewan is all excited to go back home to her family, her friends and to school. Yesterday evening during her farewell party Lewan’s mom shared with us that Lewan is the best in her class and that she wants to become a doctor later, maybe even a cardiologist.
And truly we could see that in Lewan. She is such a smart girl, always happy to practice her English with us or to learn new games. From the beginning on she told us that she hopes that she can go home soon again because the school in Kurdistan starts in September and she doesn’t want to miss a lot and so we are very glad to send her home healed now.
We will miss our good friend and her mother a lot as they were both becoming like sisters to us, but we are happy to have the possibility to stay in touch with them. Just an hour ago Lewan sent me a beautiful selfie of her at the airport in Amman.
Thank you God for the time that we could spend here together with our sisters! Thank you for the successful surgery that Lewan had and that she is fine to fly home now! Please bless their time back home and keep them safe!
Today at Sheba Hospital, I met Lewan on her way to an echo. She was in her wheelchair, and it was difficult for her to talk. She raised her hand a little bit to try and wave. Her mother told me that she is eating and drinking a bit, and the doctors say she is continuing to recover well.
Her mom took her for a short walk around the ICU, half-carrying her back and forth. It is very, very hard for her mother to see Lewan so helpless, but she continues to patiently and lovingly care for her every day.
In the afternoon, Lewan didn’t want to eat anything because it hurt her throat, which worried her mom. Co-worker Lena went to Lewan’s mother and was able to comfort her by calling someone to help with translating for the doctors.
Lena also comforted Lewan by showing her pictures on her phone. Please pray for God to restore Lewan and give encouragement to her mother. We pray that Lewan will have less pain, and grow stronger as she is able to do more.
When we came into Lewan’s room today she grabbed my hand and told me that it’s not nice to be in the hospital. I can very much understand and at the same time I was so happy seeing her awake and doing so much better. It was the first time since her surgery that I saw her awake again and could talk to her a little bit.
Her mom told me that Lewan feels a little dizzy and can’t really sleep, but the doctor told me that this probably came from the medication she got. They stopped today all her IV medications and so this problem should be gone soon. She is also still not eating which is very understandable as she is still recovering from her injuries in the throat. All in all her doctor was very happy about her development and told us that she is doing much better than yesterday.
Thank you Lord that Lewan is improving and that she is already doing so much better. Please bless her and help her to continue recovering!
Today was a really long day for Lewan. This morning we drove her to Sheba Hospital to have two echos and an ECG. With those results the doctors are trying to make a new treatment plan for Lewan and we can’t wait to hear what it is.
Please pray for wisdom for the doctors to make a perfect plan for this smart girl. We really hope that Lewan’s treatment will start as soon as possible.
Today at Sheba Hospital, Lewan had a CTA, or a Computed Tomography Angiogram. She was a little nervous about the big scanning machine where she had to lay down and be still.
This scan is used to specifically look at the blood vessels within the body; the results would help the doctors to have a better image of her.
Lewan is a lovely, patient and careful person. In the afternoon, having returned back to our community home, Lewan was playing with one of our Kurdish children also at home. It is always a pleasure to be around with her.
On Sunday, the doctors will discuss Lewan’s surgery, the date of it possibly being one day next week. Please pray for wisdom for all her doctors, as well as a restored and healthy life for Lewan.
Lewan is a smart girl and she is gifted in many ways. When she arrived to Israel and our community, she was a little bit shy, but not anymore!
She is actually becoming a really good Kurdish teacher for me. We taught her how to play UNO and she absolutely loves it. She also enjoys doing puzzles and is caring well for the smaller children in the house. And she loves dancing. We even did some Kurdish dancing while we were stuck in the bomb shelter last weekend.
Today we went to city center of Ashdod with the families. Lewan especially enjoyed the playground that we discovered in a big park.