We woke up this morning with the gospel story fresh in our hearts and minds. The disciples found the empty tomb two thousand years ago today, but this wondrous morning came after a somber full day of not knowing what the future held for Jesus’ followers, they didn’t know what tomorrow bring and today little Bella is in a similar situation. She has been here for a few months and even had her surgery, but the pulmonary artery is slightly narrow which is a result of the surgery. This changes the pressure in the heart, which is risky because the type of care she would need in Kurdistan remains undetermined. Her echo today will be discussed tomorrow by the doctors, if they need to, they will do another catheterization; so please, friends, we’ve seen miraculous healing before, we’ve seen fluid clear and holes disappear from the heart, so we ask your intercession on behalf of sweet Bella, for faith in the Lord for her mother, because when we can not see the road ahead He knows the future, and for strength for mother and daughter in the waiting.
Today , Bella had a CT scan in the hospital. Her appointment was early in the morning at 8 o’clock. She was fasting, because of the procedure. After the intervention, she was finally able to eat and drink again. Of course this improved her mood and we had a good time together despite the long wait. She is such a lovely girl. We are waiting now for the results. Please continue to pray for Bella.
Today early in the morning we took our pretty Bella and her lovely mother for a follow-up appointment with her neurologist. After surgery she had seizures and for that reason she is taking medication. When we entered the exam room she cried a lot but with music and games she calmed down.
The doctor was very pleased with her progress. She has not had anymore seizures. Also, she can eat, play and walk without any problems, and her cranial nerve examination was good. She will need a follow-up again in Kurdistan. Also the medicine for her brain will be decreased and in one week stopped. Mom was very happy that everything is going well with her. Tomorrow she will have her second echo. Please pray for that, for good results so they can go home this week.
When I arrived at Bella’s “room” today she was actually eating something which is very encouraging. Then she had a few teaspoons-ful of water. Mum stood her up onto her feet and she held onto the end of the bed and stood there for a while. Then she settled down to sleep with some milk in a bottle.
Today our precious Bella was extubated, she is slowly recovering but we need your prayers because our princess has had high fever all day, the medical team did different tests to know what is happening with Bella and still we don’t know. For now her heart seems working very well and we believe in the healing power of our God. We pray for strength over her mother, who is doing a great job taking care of her daughter every minute as Bella sometimes moves a lot trying to take off her different drains.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
Finally we got the phone call that Bella could come to hospital for her surgery. Her mum waited so long for this day and was really happy to get this news. During the drive Bella was really cute and happy, having no idea that she would go in for surgery. She even started to babble and talk!
It took us some time until they got Bellas bed ready, but the mum was really patient and we had a good time together.
Please pray for the surgery that she will have tomorrow that the surgeons will have wisdom, that it won’t be too hard for the mother and that Bella will recover well afterwards.
Today, Bella had her catheterisation already early in the morning. Her mum and I were waiting and praying that it would go well. Her catheterisation finished quite quickly and they put her in secondary ICU. When we first saw her, she was still very sleepy and didn’t move a lot. But after some time, she started to move and to cry a lot, because she didn’t like all the cables around her. We could only calm her with playing a video of her mum’s phone.
Sweet little Bella and her mum arrived today, and it was a pleasure to meet them at the airport, and then go to the hospital together. Bella seemed content throughout the day, and her mum was able to call her family back home and let them know that they had arrived safely.
Bella needs to have a CT scan to help the doctors decide a plan for her surgery. For now, she is back at home with us. Please pray that they will settle in with us, and we will be able to be a blessing to them.
Bella and her family are from the ancient Assyrian people in northern Iraq, the same ones to whom Jonah made his reluctant missionary journey. The Assyrians were among the first people to converted to Christianity en masse in the first to third centuries AD and have lived separated in their own communities ever since. In the summer of 2014 the Islamic State swept into their city, and the family fled to Kurdistan for shelter. Bella’s father supports the family by selling fruits and vegetables from a makeshift stand on a street corner. He reports that Bella is getting bluer and bluer, and with tears says he is hoping and praying that she will be able to travel soon for her heart surgery in Israel.