Today, we had so say goodbye to our beautiful and kind princess Harzheen. This afternoon, we took her to the airport. We were so happy for her going home after two big surgeries and being reunited with her father and her siblings after more than two months. But, at the same time, we were really sad to let our little princess go. She really enriched our community with her charming, sweet smile, her generous spirit and her pure heart.
Her health and the blessed time we spent together is a big reason to simply thank God for all the miracles He does and blessings He pours out. May God continues to hold Her in his hand. May she will encounter Him in her life and may He put a small seed of faith in her and her mothers heart that will come to life and grow.
I’m so happy for God’s faithfulness, it’s really amazing looking at the progress of one child after two big surgeries! Finally Harzheen can go home! She is a beautiful, smiling and active girl; she always shines with her presence.
Today she had her last echo at Sheba hospital. The echo showed a positive result from the surgery – maybe in the future she won’t need another surgery. For now it’s important that she has regular visits to the cardiologist, and she will need a follow up appointment in one month in Kurdistan. Mom was very happy with this news. She asked a lot of questions to the doctor who answered all of them.
When we arrived home, we had a beautiful farewell for Mir and Harzheen. She received a lot of beautiful gifts, and some of us spoke words of love and encouragement to her and that we will miss her so much.
We also spoke words of appreciation about her beautiful, peaceful, helpful mother. Somebody at the party gave her a beautiful verse that I want to share with you:
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30
Please continues pray for this beautiful girl, that God guides each one of her steps, and also for safe travels to go back home this week with her mother.
These four words were spoken by the cardiologist as she asked Harzheen to roll onto her side to get a better echo image of her heart. Doing so cooperatively with her signature smile, she rolled to the perfect position. The echo showed there was still a small VSD which the Dr. was confident will close by itself in time. The aortic valve that was also repaired in the last surgery was in good condition. So for the next step the medication was reduced to half and will be stopped in one week. After a follow-up echo in 3 weeks Harzheen could be heading home. Please pray that Harzheen will gain weight and be in good health at the time of her next appointment. Please join us also in giving glory to God for the healing He has already done in this precious girl’s life.
Another good day at the hospital, we received the call this morning that Harzheen had been discharged, and was in the waiting area! Harzheen waited patiently while we finished some things at the hospital. Both Harzheen and her mother where very happy to come back to the Shevet house.
Successful Second Surgery
Harzheen our brave princess had her second surgery today in which the doctors tried to finish what they started the first time.
When we came into her room before surgery, she was worried and anxious about what was going to happen. On the way to the surgery room she cried a lot and was holding her mom’s hand. Her mom stayed strong for her but after Harzheen disappeared in the surgery room, she started to cry too.
We sat a long time together trying to comfort her. During the whole process, the mom was stronger than she was at her daughter’s first surgery. We also had the company of Riham’s mom and Mohammed’s dad and a friend from the hospital who spoke Kurdish with her. He explained everything for her.
Finally after hours of waiting, Harzheen was out of surgery. The surgeon said that everything they planned was done and the surgery was successful. Perhaps today she will be extubated. Praise the Lord for the good surgery result and please pray for a good healing process!
Harzheen has had a very straight forward recovery after her operation. She is such a beautiful girl with a big smile on her face. Last week she had her operation. Yesterday when we were visiting the families, she had another echo. The leaking of the aorta valve was less and the doctor was happy to discharge her.
Harzheen had a stiff neck due to the IV that was placed in her neck. Although she would not complain you could see she was in pain. There was no injury only the muscle was stiff. At the end of the afternoon we took Harzheen and Mom back to the Shevet house. Next week Harzheen has to return to the hospital for another echo and than they will schedule her for the final heart operation.
This morning we were praying for her neck; that she can move her head and that she will be without pain. When I entered Harzheen’s room after our morning devotion time, she came happily to me and showed me that she could move her head and was without pain. What a wonderful God we serve. Thank you Jesus!
He is Strong in Our Weakness
The last time I saw Harzheen was the day of her surgery, so I was very excited to see her again. When I entered her room she was with her mom. Both of them welcomed me with a beautiful smile, although Harzheen looked like she was in some pain and with limited movement in her neck. In her room we had a good time playing with her spinning top and slime. Later a doctor came to her room and explained us that she had a very large hole in her heart, and they planned her next surgery in one month but after her first operation they discovered a leaky aortic valve, for this reason they decided to move the surgery ahead the next week, and also the doctor told us that for her neck pain she would be evaluated by a physiotherapist.
Then we went to the waiting room with Riham’s Mom, Mohammed’s dad, Nate and Sofie. We had a nice time drinking tea and eating cookies, but we also drew (by the way she is a very good artist). We had fun playing games on paper. When we said goodbye to her I saw in her face that she wanted to spend more time with us. It was then that I remembered that we need be like little children; even though she had pain in her neck and she was tired and weak, she did not stop smiling or playing with me. Only joy and hope was reflected in her face in all the time we were with her.
This reminded me of a scripture in Isaiah:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Please continue to pray for this beautiful girl for her complete healing and physical preparation for her next surgery and emotional preparation for her lovely mother.
Already in Secondary ICU!
Just 2 days after her surgery, Harzheen today moved out of ICU to the secondary ICU ward. Georgia and I were able to visit her and mum for a short time today. Despite being clearly very tired and in obvious discomfort, Harzheen blessed us with a few heart-melting smiles.
All glory to God for Harzheen’s quick healing so far following surgery. We continue to pray for her and mum that they will feel the extravagant love of the Father over their time here in Israel. Continue to pray for Harzheen’s full healing and that her heart will adjust to its new pattern of function now her VSD is partially closed.
Delightful Harzheen to surgery
Delightful and kind Harzheen received word today that she needed to go to Sheba as her surgery has been scheduled for tomorrow.
After a lovely morning of creating artwork and making bracelets with our community friends, Harzheen, her mother and I headed to the hospital.
Praise God we had a really smooth admission. On arrival we met with the surgeon who informed us that Harzheen’s VSD is very large and will require two separate surgeries in order to attempt to make a complete closure.
Mohammed’s dad was very kind in supporting our team with translating the surgical plan for Harzheen and her mother. Harzheen had a chest x-ray followed by a blood test before being admitted to the ICU.
Please pray for the Father’s peace for the Harzheen and her mum tonight as they await surgery tomorrow. Harzheen was clearly very anxious going to hospital today but she really did her best to be so very brave. Please pray for the Father to be the hands of the surgeons tomorrow.