It was wonderful to learn today that Saya is now ready to return to Kurdistan with her mother. After a number of months with our Shevet Community we have all grown to so love these 2. They both conduct themselves with a quiet graciousness that is sweet to observe. Saya’s mother is so caring and she is always inviting you to take a seat with her and Saya.
Saya had an echo and an ECG today. She was so chilled out throughout both tests. Saya more so than any of the other children recently has had to wait for long periods of time at the hospital and it was nice to sit with mum for this last wait today.
The doctor reported that Saya does have a small amount of regurgitation around the tricuspid valve. This valve was manipulated during her surgery due to the large size of her VSD which needed to be closed. The doctors have looked closely at her MRI and determined that the level of leakage is mild and there is no further intervention needed for Saya right now. She is a happy and healthy girl who is looking forward to returning to hee siblings and father very soon.
Praise God for his work in Saya’s life. Please pray that this time in Israel has sown seeds into this family’s life that cab be watered and nurtured as they return home. Please pray that the Father reveals His truth to Saya and her mother.
Today our beautiful Saya and her sweet mother had a long day in the hospital. Saya finally had her heart MRI so that the doctors can decide if she needs another surgery or if she can go home. Saya was very upset because she was hungry but she needed to fast for this exam. She cried a lot when the doctor put in an IV line. I tried to calm her down her but I only succeeded for a few minutes. Her mom and I were with her in the MRI room but when the doctor gave sedative medication, Saya fall asleep and we needed to wait for her outside. After about 2 hours the doctor came and he brought us to the wake up room. Saya looked so cute when she was asleep. But she needed 2 hours to wake up. During the waiting time for the doctor, she drank a lot of milk and ate fruits. After 90 min the doctor came and said that everything is fine and we went to the car. We will get the results in a few days. Please keep praying for Saya.
Today Saya had an ENT appointment at the hospital. While waiting she slept a little and from time to time she played on the playground. Now she is waiting for her heart MRI. She and her mum were very patient while waiting for us to finish the hospital visits.
Please pray for God’s timing on the appointments so she can have them soon.
While at Sheba today, the nurse said Saya could have her echo done if we could get her there. So Sophie went to the apartment and brought Saya and mom back. Unfortunately, the doctor got caught up in a meeting, then had to do a cath. But he sent word to us to stay as he would do the echo as soon as he could. So after a long wait, we got it in before the weekend.
The doctor wants to consult with the surgeon to see if they need to do another operation to fix a leak. The leak is apparently in an unusual location and the risk may not be worth it as the heart is doing it’s job. The doctor says he’ll be able to tell us their recommendation on Sunday. But he wants her weaned off her prescription by Monday. Please continue to pray with us for healing.
Today our beautiful Saya had her first echo after her surgery. She cried a lot when they did her echo and checked her oxygen saturation. But, when we were waiting for her report she really enjoyed the games in the waiting room. We also had fun painting together. Mom was a little anxious but she was also very patient and in a good mood. Finally, the doctor called us and told us that the surgery was successful. However, she has a decrease in her ‘ejection fraction’. But the doctor is not so concerned about that so he simply made some changes in her medication. Consequently, she will have her follow up next week. Please pray that this little girl will be completely healed in her heart and that she can soon go back at home.
Saya had to go to the hospital today for a blood test, following her discharge from hospital. She is such a quiet and sweet girl. She had no complaints about getting into the car seat and was peaceful throughout the whole day. Her blood test was quick and we will know the results in the coming few days.
Her mum is so lovely and patient. She is interested to know about whether Saya would need another surgery after this one also.
Thank God for this family and pray that Saya’s body is healing well.
I saw Saya and her mum today, in secondary ICU, only a few days after she had a surgery. The staff in the hospital say she is doing so well after a successful surgery, and she certainly is looking good.
Mum was in a great mood, and so happy that Saya is doing well. She asked after all the other families, and was especially pleased to hear about Mina’s recovery, as they traveled together.
Please pray for Saya to continue to improve each day, and hopefully we will see her back home soon.
Today our beautiful Saya had her surgery. when I entered her room very early in the morning the medical team was preparing everything to take her to the surgery room, Saya cried and her sweet mother tried to calm her and finally they took her. I stayed with her mom who is amazing and sweet. In the beginning she did not understand what was happening and she was a little bit scared. We stayed for about five hours with her until finally the doctor came out and told us that her surgery was a success. They did an echo which showed that everything had gone as expected. Mom was very happy. Although we do not speak the same verbal language, the language of love, laughter and hope was enough. She was very quiet during the waiting time, she would sometimes go into a sea of tears and then looked at me with a smile. I tried a thousand things to distract her and help make the wait more pleasant. Thank God we had a beautiful time together.
Saya finally came out of the surgery room and mom was very happy. If everything goes well she can be extubated later today. Please continue to pray for this beautiful little girl, for her quick recovery, and for strength for her beautiful mother at this time.
It was wonderful to hear today that we could take Saya to Sheba for her surgery tomorrow.
We arrived thus afternoon and were quickly able to go to the ICU where a bed was ready for Saya. The nursing team were so kind and helpful with both mum and Saya.
These two have become a lovely part of our Shevet community already. Please pray with us for them tomorrow as Saya has her surgery. Please pray for peace for mum and healing for beautiful Saya.
After a first night’s sleep at the Shevet apartment, it was time for Saya to travel to Sheba for her first assessment today.
After a time of being initially teary, Says settled into her echo, becoming quite transfixed on watching the pictures of her heart on the ultrasound screen. The doctor reported that Saya has a VSD along with evidence of some obstructive tissue in the atrium. It is anticipated that both problems will be fully resolved within a single surgery.
Please pray for Saya as she begins her journey here in Israel. Please pray that she and her mother feel included and loved in the community here and may they open their hearts to the Father.