After being hospitalised at Sheba Medical Center for over a month, Niyan was finally discharged to our house in Ashdod. She was so happy that she could go home and had a big smile on her face every time I saw her. The whole discharge went smoothly and the paperwork was already finished when I arrived there with coworker Faye.
Everyone in the ICU came to love Niyan during her time there so they all came to say goodbye to her. To celebrate the day her father, Niyan and I had some ice cream in one of the Sheba Malls.
Our sunshine Niyan will stay in our Ashdod house until her follow up echo next week and then we will see how long she has to stay with us before she finally can go back to Kurdistan. Please join us in prayer for Niyan’s health so that she will gain back some weight and that her lungs will stay healthy.
Today was a fun day at the Zoo for Niyan. The ICU staff at Sheba Hospital had the idea to bring her and another Shevet child out of the squished, sterile hospital environment where they’ve been staying for the last couple of weeks. They suggested a little ‘outdoors’ therapy.
At the zoo, we were able to drive through a safari park with wild animals walking around our car, and afterwards saw some more animals like the giraffes on the picture. Of course an ice cream was mandatory. Overall, Niyan and her father as well as the other family with us, really enjoyed the respite from hospital life.
Thanks for your prayer for Niyan in the last weeks. This made a huge difference. Please continue praying until she can be discharged officially.
Niyan is doing so much better! Today she got finally moved to the secondary ICU at Sheba Hospital. Her doctor told us she can probably get discharged on Sunday so today was a great day for Niyan and her father!
The move to the secondary ICU which means that she is doing a lot better. She still needs to be kept under observation, but probably she will be discharged to our house in Ashdod on Sunday. When coworker Faye and I visited her she was so happy to have company again and directly told us all the important and new things that happened. Of course the most important thing was that she might be able to leave the hospital soon. She is really looking forward to coming back to our community home in Ashdod. It’s great seeing her big smile again after all the ups and downs she went through in the last weeks. We praise God for what he did for her. We’re so thankful for the medical staff at Sheba Hospital and thank you for all your prayers for Niyan. She is so happy that she can leave the hospital soon.
Our beloved Niyan is doing very well after having a lot of setbacks in the last couple of weeks. She was awake and could talk today, something we didn’t see her doing in a very long time. Although my Kurdish is not really good, we communicated with each other and she told me that the hospital is pretty boring so I tried to cheer her up a bit with some bubbles and funny pictures we made.
After that I sat with her for a long time and enjoyed her company, marveling that she is doing so well. Niyan still needs to gain a lot of weight before she can come back to our house in Ashdod but it seems like she’s on the best way towards that. Thank you for your prayers for Niyan. We will continue praying for her weight gain and her overall condition.
When I visited Niyan this morning, the nurses were getting ready for a big step– moving her out of bed for the first time since her surgeries! They helped her settle into a chair to eat breakfast, and her favorite nurse braided her hair into pigtails with bright-colored hairbands.
I sat with Niyan and her dad for a while, and I was surprised to hear her talk out loud instead of whisper! She kept saying something to me and I couldn’t figure out what it was in Kurdish until she gave me a thumbs up and a little smile and I realized she was saying, “Good, good!” in English. She’s still not feeling very well but definitely better than a few days ago!
The doctors are slowly decreasing Niyan’s breathing support and letting her breathe on her own. This morning she was only getting oxygen support through a nasal cannula, but after a while they put her bipap machine mask back on to let her rest a little. She doesn’t like the mask and gets pretty sad whenever she has to wear it, so her dad is hoping she won’t need it for much longer. Please pray that her lungs will get stronger quickly so she can breathe easier.
When I walked into Niyan’s room in Sheba Hospital, I was surprised to see Niyan completely off oxygen support! After a moment a nurse came in and told me that Niyan is doing a bit better today. They are hoping that soon she will come to the point where she only needs the oxygen support at night while she is sleeping.
Poor Niyan is still not feeling well at all, but one of the first things she tried to tell me was that she wants to get my hospital badge.
When I saw her later again she had again her oxygen mask on her face and her hands got fixed on her bed so that she doesn’t pull it off. She doesn’t like it at all, so let’s pray that soon she will be strong enough to breath on her own completely!
Just shortly before doctors at Sheba Hospital wanted to extubate Niyan today, she woke up already and seemed really unhappy. She made it obvious that she didn’t like the tube in her throat and all the other tubes and needles – at all. After extubating, her the doctors directly gave her a special oxygen mask to help her breathing. It’s still difficult for her to breath on her own and the oxygen mask helps her to do that. Still she doesn’t like it at all and kept trying to remove it, even after tying her arms to the bed. I stayed with her and her father for a while after she was extubated. It was hard to see our happy girl like this, suffering in this uncomfortable situation. She is going through a very hard time and doesn’t feel comfortable at all with all the tubes.
Please pray for Niyan and her father. Thank God that she doesn’t need to be intubated anymore and that she is recovering slowly.
Niyan’s condition is stable. She is doing well on the ventilator, but the doctors at Sheba Hospital are trying to find a solution to make her breathe without any support. It seems like she lost so much weight, that her muscles aren’t strong enough to make the effort to breath. Also her lungs still seem to have trouble working without the ventilator. Tomorrow Niyan will be extubated and awakened and the doctors will place a special oxygen mask on her mouth to help her lungs work better. The doctors are also giving Niyan special milk with extra calories, so she will gain weight fast. This will give her body the strength to breathe.
Niyan’s father came to our house for a couple of nights while Niyan was sleeping. This also gave her father new strength to deal with the next couple of weeks. There is still a lot of hope for Niyan. We just have to pray really hard that she can breathe on her own without collapsing. Otherwise the doctors need to come up with more drastic solutions. Please keep Niyan in your prayers!
This afternoon, Niyan had her fourth catheterization since arriving in Israel. She’s had trouble breathing ever since her surgeries, and the doctors hoped to find and treat the cause.
In the procedure, the cath doctor found that Niyan’s pulmonary arteries are extremely small, causing difficult blood flow to the lungs. She dilated the left pulmonary branch with a balloon to allow better blood flow, but there was not much else she could do.
The doctors are now waiting to see how Niyan recovers from this procedure. In the meantime, they are doing more tests to investigate other possible causes for her breathing struggles. They suspect her diaphragm may not be functioning well, but a bigger contributing factor may be that she has lost so much weight since her surgeries that she just doesn’t have the muscle strength to breathe on her own yet.
Please continue praying for Niyan. Her doctors are still confident that she will make a full recovery, but it may take a long time and difficult steps along the way.
After a couple of days of difficulty breathing, Niyan’s doctors decided to put her back on the ventilator early this morning. They are planning a cath to help them determine the cause of her trouble and the next steps for treatment. The head doctor of the ICU explained everything in detail, and said he really thinks she will get better, but she needs a little more time and treatment.
Niyan’s dad is taking a break from the hospital and spending a couple days in Ashdod while Niyan is sedated. He’s been in the ICU for a long time now and he’s ready for some rest.
Please continue in prayer for Niyan. Since she’s old enough to understand some of what is happening, this whole process has been especially scary for her. We’re praying all these complications will be resolved quickly so she can come home.
After another weekend of struggling to breath and the fear that Niyan needs to go again back on the ventilator because one of her lungs failed, we were relieved at Sheba Hospital today to see her doing better. Niyan is still extubated and slowly getting better. Today they were able to remove all her chest tubes which she showed us very proudly and told me that she feels better. Later she was even allowed to eat some ice cream which she really enjoyed a lot.
There is still the risk that if she doesn’t continue improving they have to put her back on the ventilator but for now she is better, thank God. It’s very nice to see that even though Niyan doesn’t have her energy back yet, she fully understands what’s going on and remembers everything we taught her before the surgeries. She loves it to tell us her German phrases, to call us weird and to decide who is the most crazy.
Please pray that Niyan will keep improving and doesn’t need to go back on the ventilator.
Niyan continues to improve. Today at Sheba Hospital she is eating a bit, a very good and necessary development after suffering quite a bit of weight loss, a consequence resulting from all the surgeries. Already you can see in this photo the improvement of just one day.
We are so thankful for this little life transformed and ask you for your continued prayer for her.
When coworker Bria and I heard today that Niyan was extubated we rushed to the ICU to see it ourselves. Her father was welcoming us with a huge smile and he didn’t look so happy in a while. I had tears in my eyes seeing our beautiful girl opening her eyes and interacting with us after all the complications she’s had over the last couple of days. She even talked a little bit to remind everyone in the room that I am quote “a little bit crazy“. We stood at her bedside for quite a while and it’s always so hard to say goodbye to the lovely girl. Her doctors told us that she is doing very good after the troubles with her lungs and although there’s still a tiny bit of fluid around her lung she is doing better and maybe the first chest tubes can already be removed tomorrow or during the weekend. Praise the Lord for our wonderfully made Niyan and that she is doing better now. Please be with us in prayer for her further recovery.
After getting the chest drain yesterday, Niyan is continuing to slowly improve in Sheba Hospital’s Pediatric ICU. Her oxygen saturations are stable in the upper 80s now even though they are reducing support. Her dad is definitely relieved and waited a long time with us today as we waited for the surgery of a little baby from Gaza. It’s beautiful to see how he is somehow a part of the group there even though he is the only man and the only one who doesn’t speak Arabic.
Later in the evening when I walked again to the ICU, Niyan’s dad told me with a smile on his face, that Niyan received milk through an NG tube now. Thank you God that Niyan is better! Please give her strength to recover completely and we will get our joyful energetic little sister back!
Late Thursday night, around 12 hours after Lena and I got to hold Niyan’s hands as she woke up after coming off the ventilator, I got an anxious phone call from Niyan’s dad. “Niyan isn’t good, she can’t breathe.” He passed the phone to the cardiologist, who explained that they were about to reintubate her because she was struggling to breathe, though they didn’t yet know why.
By the time I arrived in the ICU early the next morning, Niyan was back on the ventilator and sedated. The doctors found that her right lung collapsed overnight, possibly as a result of narrowing in her airways. Her cardiologist said they planned to keep her on the ventilator for another couple of days and do a bronchoscopy before extubating her.
However, by Friday evening, Niyan’s condition had worsened to the point that the doctors decided to perform an emergency bronchoscopy. Coworker Zack and I hurried back to the hospital to wait with her dad. In the procedure, the doctors removed some blockage from her airways, and connected her to a high-frequency ventilator, which can help to reopen collapsed lung tissue.
A few hours later, Niyan had still not shown the improvement that the doctors hoped to see. By 4AM on Saturday, they were holding an emergency meeting to determine the next steps for her, even considering ECMO support. It was a restless night for Niyan’s dad and for a few of us here in Ashdod.
But the next morning, the doctor in the ICU shared good news– Niyan was doing a little better! They had the ECMO machine on standby in case her condition deteriorated again, but for now it wasn’t necessary. The doctor explained that Niyan needed another CT scan, but wasn’t in stable enough condition yet. Yesterday evening, they were even able to switch her back to the regular ventilator!
When I met Niyan’s dad in the hallway at Sheba this morning, I started to ask how she was doing, and then stopped. “Wait, I don’t even need to ask. You look so happy, she must be better!” He grinned and nodded. “Spas bo khwa”– thank God.
Niyan was stable enough to go to her CT scan this morning. The scan showed that she has two pockets of fluid accumulated around her right lung, and the doctors are now putting in a new chest tube to drain the fluid. Otherwise, she is doing much better now! Her support from medications and the ventilator has been decreased and she remains stable.
It’s been a scary and difficult few days for Niyan and her dad. There were quite a few moments where all we could do was pray, “Please, God, just let her be okay.” I felt so much relief this morning walking into her ICU room to see her looking so much better. Thank God for his care for Niyan. Please continue in prayer for her and her dad.
Two days ago Niyan was called in for a catheterisation but had to undergo emergency surgery after some complications. She was sedated and intubated for two days but when we asked the doctors today for updates they told us that they want to wake up Niyan and extubate her. Those great news were a relief for everyone especially her dad who was so worried after the emergency surgery. The ICU staff reduced her sedation and Bria and I were able to be on Niyans side while she slowly woke up. It was a bit hard for her to understand why she has a big bandage on her chest and why they opened up her chest for all she knew was that they would do a simple cath. The more she woke up the more she interacted with us and even tried to speak a few words but it still was very exhausting for her. We enjoyed every minute we could spend in her room and her doctors were really happy how well she responded to everything. Her father was so joyful today after two days of worrying about his lovely daughter he could finally take a breath and relax a little bit. Pray for Niyan.
Late last night, Niyan’s dad called to say she was having some trouble breathing. I spoke with an ICU doctor, who confirmed that she was struggling to breathe and that this was cause for concern, as they were not expecting this after her surgeries. She explained that Niyan would go to a CT scan in the morning to investigate.
After the CT this morning, we got another call, this time from the head doctor of the cardiac ICU. The CT showed some problem with blood flow through the arteries. But since they couldn’t see exactly what the problem was, they needed to take her into the cath lab immediately. As we spoke, the ICU doctors were in the process of reintubating her in preparation for the cath.
By the time Doro and I arrived in the ICU, the doctors were almost ready to move her to the cath lab. Lena waited in the ICU room with Niyan while her dad prayed outside. The cardiologist explained that they suspected the left pulmonary artery was blocked by a blood clot, and they planned to reopen the artery in the cath.
However, nearly three hours later, the doctor came out of the cath lab with a different report. Instead of a blood clot, they found that the left pulmonary artery was completely blocked by pressure from the outside– they thought possibly by the stitches from a previous surgery– and they were unable to reopen it in the cath. As we spoke, the doctors were preparing to take Niyan into an emergency surgery. The surgeon arrived and explained the planned procedure and the risks, to which Niyan’s dad responded, “Khwa gawreya”– God is great.
It was an anxious few hours for Niyan’s dad. He told us how Niyan is so special to him and he loves her so much. We were joined for the whole time by a group of the ICU moms from Gaza, who offered constant support and encouragement. Eslam’s mom even worked on learning some Kurdish words and phrases. “We all want to talk with him but we don’t know any Kurdish!” she said. Despite all the language barriers, Niyan’s dad seemed comforted by the presence of so many people praying for his daughter.
After four long hours, the head surgeon emerged from the operating room with a smile. “Tell him we’re finished and she’s okay,” he told us. In the surgery, they found that the left pulmonary artery was completely disconnected, and they were able to reconnect it. At this news, Niyan’s dad gave the surgeon a big hug and kept repeating “Spas bo khwa”– thank God.
All the moms were eager for the news too. “Okay, now tell us in Arabic!” When we translated the surgeon’s report, they all congratulated Niyan’s dad and repeated “Alhamdullilah”–praise be to God, the same in Arabic as in Kurdish. “We knew it was good though,” one of the moms added. “He came out smiling, that always means it’s good.”
Niyan is already doing better since the surgery. She was beginning to wake up and move a little, but the doctors want her to get lots of rest tonight so they’re going to keep her sedated all night. As always after surgery, the next 24 hours are critical, so please pray for a smooth recovery.
It was a tense day for everyone, but we’re so grateful for God’s care for Niyan. We’re praying that soon she’ll be awake and smiling again and on her way to a full recovery.
Lena and I met Niyan’s dad outside the ICU this afternoon, waving and with a big grin. He told us all about how difficult yesterday was– the surgery, and then the scary moment when she stopped breathing for a moment– but then went on to say how well she’s doing now.
He waved us into the ICU to come see her, and we found her half-awake and breathing on her own! She’s receiving high-flow oxygen support for now and isn’t feeling very good yet, but this is to be expected after two big surgeries in the space of four days.
The first thing I noticed was that her hair was beautifully braided. I asked her dad who did it and he laughed and said, “It was one of the nurses, I don’t know how to do that!” I think it’s so beautiful that these doctors and nurses take such good care of her, not just in a medical sense but also making her feel special and loved in the little things.
We sat with her for a long time and held her hands and talked to her. She’s not feeling good enough to talk yet but she responded by nodding or shaking her head and squeezing our hands. A special moment was when she grabbed my hand do to the secret handshake we came up with the day I admitted her to the hospital last week.
Niyan had an echo this morning that showed her heart is doing well and the new shunt is open and functioning well, though the doctors couldn’t see the collateral arteries they rerouted. Probably she will need another CT or diagnostic catheterization when she has recovered a little more after surgery.
We’re so grateful for Niyan’s successful surgery and recovery thus far. Please continue in prayer for her in the coming days.
This morning Niyan had her second surgery in Sheba Medical Center to reroute the collateral arteries on the left side of her body. I left our staff-house in Ashdod early this morning but while I was still in the car, I got the message that they already started the surgery.
Once I reached the hospital, I got a call from Niyan’s dad who was very stressed and worried about his daughter. I told him I’d be there in two minutes and I could feel he was relieved once someone showed up who at least speaks a few words of his language. After talking for five minutes, he got up, told me he was going outside and I should wait here and call him if there is news.
Once in a while he walked by and later coworker Zack also joined the waiting. And then after only four hours, the surgeon came out and had good news for us: “Niyan’s surgery is over! They successfully connected two collateral arteries to her heart and closed another one!”
It still took some time until Niyan was back in her room and some more time until we were allowed to see her. They extubated her even before her dad was allowed to see her and before Niyan was awake.
When I went to the ICU to join Zack and Niyan’s dad who had already went into her room, the doctors and nurses suddenly ran into Niyan’s room because she had stopped breathing and her oxygen saturations went extremely low. It was a scary moment but the doctors were able to stabilize her. They explained to us later that Niyan wasn’t awake enough when they extubated her and that’s why her saturations went so low, but she is awake enough now, so I should tell her dad that everything is fine now.
As her oxygen saturations still stayed only around 50 for quite some time, they sent us out of the room again to put her on stronger oxygen support. When we came back to her a little later, she was doing much better, having enough strength to fight against all the cables and tubes on her that she didn’t appreciate at all. I was glad to see her doing that well, she even recognized me and told me that she is not doing well and she wants the oxygen canola to be removed, she wants water and Bria to come. She couldn’t have any of this today but we encouraged her that tomorrow things will be better!
When we checked again on her an hour later, she was peacefully sleeping, her dad sitting right next to her bed.
Thank you God for giving Niyan another successful surgery and for protecting her! Please help her to recover, give her strength and patience!
Early this morning, I found Niyan in the ICU at Sheba, wide awake and smiling big as always. One by one, nurses and doctors began to arrive to get her ready to go to surgery.
As each one arrived and greeted her, she got to practice her Arabic, English, and Hebrew, and even taught one of the nurses to say good morning in Kurdish. She also tried to teach me and the assisting surgeon to say good luck in Kurdish, but neither of us could say it quite right!
Once Niyan went into surgery, her father, coworker Zack, and I waited for five and a half hours until the head surgeon emerged from the OR to share his report. The surgery was successful and the doctors were able to place a new shunt and reroute two of Niyan’s collateral arteries to allow blood flow to the lungs on the right side of her body. If she recovers well over on the weekend, she will have another surgery next week to reroute the collateral arteries on the left side of her body.
Niyan’s father was visibly relieved to get the good news, but is already a little nervous for the next surgery. Please pray for a good recovery for Niyan and rest for her dad.
This afternoon, I got a surprising call from the cardiac surgeon’s secretary: “Bring Niyan now, we’ll do her surgery tomorrow.” We hurried to Sheba, where Niyan was directly admitted to the pediatric ICU. She made friends with lots of nurses and doctors along the way, practicing her English and Arabic skills and even picking up a few Hebrew words along the way. We’re still not sure of all the details of Niyan’s surgery plan because there are a few different options. Please pray for a successful operation and a smooth recovery.
Late yesterday afternoon, the interventional cardiologist at Sheba texted me with surprising news. In the doctors’ conference yesterday, the surgeon requested more images of Niyan’s collateral arteries before surgery. This meant another cath, but there was an open spot in the cath lab today if we could get Niyan to Sheba first thing in the morning.
So early this morning, Joanne and I brought Niyan and her dad to Sheba, where she bravely underwent all the necessary tests in preparation for the cath.
Niyan was noticeably less nervous this time around; when she shrugged her shoulders and told me, “I’m not scared at all, this is nothing,” she really seemed to mean it. She was in great spirits all morning and we had a lot of fun practicing her English, Arabic, and even German, and my Kurdish.
She was grinning all the way into the cath lab, and blew me a kiss as her dad carried her inside.
The procedure only took an hour and a half, and when the doctor came out, she gave a smile and a double thumbs up. “That’s about all I have to say,” she said. The cath went well and they were able to collect all the images the surgeon needed. In the coming days, the doctors will discuss the next steps for Niyan.
Niyan is already waking up shortly after her procedure. She’s running a small fever but feeling good with her dad taking good care of her.
Already early this morning we heard that Niyan will get discharged from Sheba Hospital back to our house today. She recovered great from her cath and the dental procedure and is totally her old self again. She was so excited to see me in the hospital and walked with me through the whole ICU and told me stories which I only partly understood. At one point she wanted to sit with me on the floor of one of the hallways and all the doctors and nurses were a bit confused but happy that Niyan found someone she can communicate and play with.
When we finally got her report and walked to the car Niyan found the aquarium with some fish and loved it very much.
Niyan will need to come back in two weeks for a dental follow up and we are waiting for her doctors to make a decision for her surgery and how to help her best. Please pray for all her doctors to make wise decisions and for patients for Niyan and her dad!
Niyan underwent her dental procedure today. She was a little bit nervous, especially because she had to go to the dental building in a kind of hospital transfer car. She wanted her dad to hold her hand the whole time.
The dentist and the assistants were all very nice and they made sure that Niyan felt safe before falling asleep for the procedure. After four hours the dentist came out to say that everything went well. All Niyan’s teeth needed some care. But with fillings, crowns and some teeth pulled, her mouth is totally clean again. Now she is ready for her big surgery, which will take place hopefully soon. Please keep praying for her and her dad, who is standing beside her.
Niyan was full of smiles before her diagnostic cath today. I found her in the intermediate ICU, chatting with her mom via video call. She was third in line for the cath lab, so she had to wait all morning without eating or drinking, but you’d never know it from her cheerful attitude.
When it came time to go, Niyan got just a little nervous and wanted to hold my hands all the way from the ICU to the prep room. Even so, she had lots of courage. “It’s okay, I’m not scared,” she told me bravely as we waited for the doctor to come. She introduced herself to each doctor and nurse who came by, and helped me and her dad answer all their questions.
When all the preparations were done, Niyan’s dad carried her in his arms to the cath lab, where he stayed with her until she fell asleep from the anesthesia. We waited outside the ICU for just two and a half hours before the doctor emerged with the news that the procedure was over and everything went well.
The cath today was diagnostic to help the doctors understand Niyan’s heart better before taking her to surgery. It turns out that her heart is quite complicated; as a result of her pulmonary atresia, more than a few small collateral arteries formed from several placed in her body, bypassing the heart and carrying blood directly to the pulmonary arteries. Because there are so many and her arteries are small, it won’t be possible to do a complete repair. Instead, the doctors will perform interventions to help Niyan’s heart function well even with the abnormalities. This could take multiple surgeries and caths, but they have not yet determined an exact plan of intervention.
Tomorrow morning, Niyan will have some dental work done to prevent infection before her heart surgery. Please pray for her and her dad as they wait and prepare for her surgery.
Niyan and her dad were ready to go bright and early this morning, and very eager to get to Sheba hospital. Tomorrow, Niyan is planned for a diagnostic catheterization, and the day after for dental treatment in preparation for her heart surgery.
While we waited for her admission, Niyan taught me some new Kurdish words and worked on her English and Arabic. She’s definitely a faster learner than me!
It didn’t take too long before her room in the secondary ICU was ready and the cardiologist explained the planned procedure to Niyan’s dad. The cath tomorrow will help the doctors plan the intervention to treat Niyan’s heart condition. Please pray for a good night of rest for Niyan and her dad and a successful procedure tomorrow.
Today was a big day for Niyan! It began at Sheba Hospital with a CT scan in the early morning hours. We didn’t have to wait long for her name to be called. Niyan, a bright and cheerful girl, went into it bravely. Her father paced anxiously as he waited. He loves his daughter very much, and it pained him to not be by her side.
The CT scan took about an hour when all was said and done. After that, Niyan had to visit the Sheba dentist, as teeth infections can cause potentially dangerous complications in heart surgeries. We walked to the dental clinic slowly, as Niyan was feeling a bit woozy from the anesthesia. The dentist asked her name, and she proudly answered in English, “My name is Niyan.” She then handled the entire examination like a champ, cooperating beautifully with the dentist.
Unfortunately, she has several teeth infections that will need to be treated. The dentist recommended a general anesthesia within a month, during which all her oral problems will be treated. Her father was unhappy with the news–yet another obstacle to their return home.
We ended the day with, perhaps ironically, a trip to the Sheba ice cream store. Niyan thoroughly enjoyed a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and talked for much of the time she was eating. I couldn’t understand most of it, but the three of us had a good time.
Pray that Niyan will be able to quickly get to surgery, for her and her father’s sake; pray that the dental procedure will go smoothly; and pray for complete healing for this beautiful girl.
Niyan was up bright and early this morning for her first appointment at Sheba hospital.
She had an ECG and two echoes, and the cardiologist carefully reviewed the report from her previous surgery in India. Niyan was extra patient all day, even though her echoes took over an hour.
During the waiting time, she enjoyed getting to know little Rifan from Gaza.
Because her heart is a little complicated, Niyan needs a CT scan and diagnostic cath before the doctors can make a decision about surgery.
At the end of the afternoon, her cardiologist gave her some chips and chocolate as a special gift for being so patient all day. Even after such a long day, Niyan was still all smiles and energy by dinnertime in Ashdod tonight. We’re looking forward to spending time with her in the coming days before her next appointments.
This afternoon we welcomed our new Kurdish child Niyan. After traveling from Northern Iraq, over Jordan to Israel together with our American friends yesterday, they stayed at our Jerusalem guesthouse for the first night. Today I collected both her and her dad from there. After spending a lot of time in the usual Israeli traffic jams, we arrived here in Ashdod where they could get some rest at our community home.
Niyan immediately made friends with our other resident kids and seems to feel comfortable here. She is nineyears old and diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. She already had a surgery when she was little, so she is here to place another shunt. She will also get a collateral embolization to control her big pulmonary blood flow.
Please pray with us that during her time in our house, Niyan will remain stable and safe.