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.
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!
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.