While waiting for the doctors to pick up Maryana for her Interventional Catheterisation, she was already in a good mood playing with the balloons the nurses gave her. She is a really happy child these days and loves to play with anything that lands in her hands. The same she did in the preparation room for her catheterisation. I waited a while with her and her mother before the doctors came to take her to the OR. While Maryana was having lots of fun, her mother was sitting quietly in the corner watching her daughter. She seemed really worried even, so we didn’t talk that much since we can’t communicate. It must be really hard for her in hospital since she only speaks Kurdish and can’t communicate directly with anybody.
Thank you Lord for protecting and healing Maryana. Please keep her and her mother safe while they’re in hospital.
After a few weeks of waiting, Maryana was finally admitted to Sheba hospital today in preparation for what we hope will be her last needed intervention before she can go home. First thing tomorrow morning, she’ll go into the cath lab for a balloon dilation of the right ventricular outflow tract, which is severely narrowed as a result of the hard work her ventricular muscle has been doing for so long.
Maryana is still in our house waiting for her catheterization. But Sunday is the day she will be admitted to the hospital. Maryana is one of the last children in our house right now
so her mother becomes more eager to go home as well.
Maryana is a little rascal. She will let you know when she doesn’t like something. She often comes to the staff house where she gets lots of hugs from us and where she can pet our community dog Shevie.
Having Maryana and her mother with us is a blessing. Maryana’s mother is a little more in the background, so I’m excited to get to know her better now that she is alone in the house with us. We ask you to keep Maryana in your prayers.
Our Maryana is still waiting here at our community house in Ashdod for some news from her doctors at Sheba Hospital, which means probably a date for a catheterization. She and her mother enjoy the time here with us and don’t complain at all about the waiting.
Maryana has changed so much in her time here which is so beautiful to see. Before her surg, she didn’t like playing with the other kids or with us and wasn’t very happy without her mother around. In the last weeks, she opened herself up more and more and loves it now to spend time with us.
Yesterday we went together with her to the park and she didn’t stop running around at the playground. We pray for this cute girl and her patient mother, that Maryana can soon have her next intervention.
Maryana always has cute hairstyles so I imitated her and from that moment on she’s been my best friend. We spent a lot of time just playing with a cardboard box and she even helped me clean a little bit. It’s really good to have her in the house because her smile lightens up your day.
She was laughing a lot as Bria and I were hunting each other with the balloon and forgot that she was angry at her oxygen sensor a minute ago. We are so thankful for all the steps she is making and seeing her improving.
We wouldn’t be surprised if she will get discharged from the hospital soon and this time we will hopefully be able to be less nervous about having her in our house as her heart problem is fixed now and her oxygen saturation are so good! Thank you God for our little miracle Maryana!
This afternoon, I saw Maryana for the first time since our exciting trip to the emergency room last week. What a difference just a few days makes! I found her sitting up in her bed in the ICU, watching videos on her mom’s phone.
Her lips and fingers are no longer blue and she’s already full of energy just one day after surgery. Her mom brought out a toy for her and she loved taking apart all the pieces and dropping them one by one out of her bed.
This morning we got surprisingly the message from Maryana’s mother that Maryana is going into surgery right now, only four days after her arrival in Israel. We were amazed how calm her mother stayed even though her daughter went into a big surgery. She stayed calm though the whole waiting time and showed me a lot of pictures of her other five kids back home in Kurdistan and her one grandchild! Maryana is her youngest child and loved so much by her whole family.
Only a few waiting-hours later, around four hours after Maryana went into surgery, her surgeon came out and reported that everything went well and Maryana is stable. One hour later her mother was allowed to see her daughter again and was full of joy to see her so good. With this surgery the doctors could completely fix her heart problems and it will allow her to have a normal life without Tet spills nearly every day.
This evening we welcomed our new Kurdish child Maryana. Luisa and I picked her and her wonderful mom up at the airport and brought them here to Ashdod where they could get some rest and good Kurdish food that the other moms prepared for them.
Maryana directly started playing with the other kids and seems to feel comfortable here. Her mom already knew two of the other moms so she was glad to come to a house where not everyone and everything is new.
Maryana turned just two years old a few weeks ago and is diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. This means that she also has frequent episodes of de-saturation and is turning blue for a couple of minutes. Please pray that in her time in our house, Maryana will stay stable and safe! Let us pray for a successful treatment for our cute girl!