We are thankful for Noora’s recovery and healing process on her hip! At today’s appointment we saw the big difference between Noora’s hip x-rays before surgery, after 6 months with the cast, and how she looks today by comparing them. The doctor was extremely happy and even called another surgeon to show the improvement – praise God! As a preventive measure he wants Noora to use a cast only at night to sleep because he wants to make sure that the hip will not go out again. We were encouraged to continue with her rehabilitation program at home and start with weight bearing on a walker. This is a huge step since our hope is to send her back home totally restored in all the areas that were possible to us!
God is a good God; he cares so much for Noora that he has given her this opportunity to come and have her heart and hip healed to have a much better life. Our constant prayer will be for her to accept Jesus as Lord and get to know Him as her healer and her Father. May God be revealed to this wonderful family and may they someday together worship Him!
Today was Noora’s first hip postoperatory appointment after 3 weeks of being with a huge cast that is stopping Her from running and playing like a 5 year old girl would normally do, however we only see in her happiness and joy most of the times while being in her stroller, we are thankful to God for this soft spirit He is giving her during this time to cope with the cast. First we went to have an XR of the hip for the Doctor to see if it was still in the right position, she was a little scared with the machine and cried a little but there it was super grandma to the rescue talking to her in a soft and lovely voice to calm her down, and it worked! I am amazed by Noora’s grandmothers love and care for her, today while we waited we talked about their sad story of running out of Mosul after da’ash (Islamic State) came in and started all that killing and war, they left houses and all commodities and belongings to go to kurdistan and have a different future for her, her husband and 6 children with their own families too, they are all finding jobs and trying to start with very few things again but in a peaceful and safe place, she has been here for some months now and even though she is needed back home she is totally committed to be with her grand daughter until the end when she can see her with a new heart and a new hip! This is real love, the kind of love that God gives us to share with others, man times today we together thank God for Noora’s healing and possibility to be here in Israel to have this two surgeries that in Kurdistan would have been almost impossible to have! Praise be to Him!
After some waiting we had our turn to see the surgeon, he was happy to see her back, looked at the XR and said that he was happy with the results of the surgery so far but reminded us that we are in the middle of the recovering time, he will see us in three weeks time to hopefully remove the cast for good, still there is a chance, he said, that after three weeks it’s not completely healed and she might need a smaller cast for some more weeks. Let’s pray for complete healing on Noora’s hip so that in three weeks everything will be perfect and ready to have the cast removed and ready to start rehabilitation to go home soon!
As we visited lovely Noora and her grandmother today, great news reached us: Noora can come home with us! For me, it was the first time seeing her in her big cast. After the last intervention she got a new red one. Now it’s also including both whole legs of her. But nevertheless, she was happy and even-tempered. Also her grandmother was grateful as usual and praised God. She’s a real prayer warrior and does everything for her granddaughter. But before we could finally discharge her, a few things needed to be done. First they had to crop her cast, then, most important, we had to meet with her orthopedic doctor. So, we headed towards his doctors office. Cropping the cast turned out to be an horrible time of panicking and screaming. Having this really loud electrical saw sawing so close to her body really scared Noora. And so her screaming mixed with the penetrating drumming noise till the procedure was finally done – it broke my heart seeing her like this and especially her totally scared eyes.
Thank God, Noora with her light spirit laughed again a few minutes later and you couldn’t see anymore fear in her. And as we spoke later with her orthopedic doctor, her CT Scan of yesterday showed her hip in the right place! Thank God! For now, she is just coming with us. In three weeks time we will come again with her to check her cast and her hip. After two more weeks, we will meet again and, inshallah, they’ll be able to take off her cast. Depending on the strength of her bones by that time, she will or won’t have another surgery. But the doctors seemed to be really optimistic about that. Thank God! We can really pray for this special family. May her grandmother receives strength for every new day and Noora a smooth recovery.
When I came to visit Noora and her grandma with Mohammed’s dad, they were very happy to see us. We talked with them and Noora did some video chats with her dad. She was very cute and almost like always. Also Bella and Noora are roommates so their guardians are very happy about that. Noora is doing a lot better today but she needs to stay in hospital for now. So we hope that she can come home soon.
Our sweet Noora is back in the hospital. In the middle of the night Noora started feeling ill and had a fever. This morning Noora continued with fever and stomach pains. She wasn’t active, which is abnormal for this sweet girl. She cried a lot, vomited her medicine, and had an episode of diarrhea. We then made the decision to take her to the Emergency Room.
When we arrived to the ER, Noora either slept or just stayed on her grandma’s lap. She cried a lot through a blood test and IV, and received some more anti-fever medicine. After the blood results came back the medical staff determined Noora needed some IV fluids and antibiotics. They also ordered a chest x-ray. Noora continued to be upset through it all. The doctor determined her to have gastroenteritis. Thankfully her chest x-ray was fine. She was admitted for IV fluids, antibiotics, and observation. We are hopeful it will be just for a few days. The medical team was very nice throughout this experience and was very happy to practice their Spanish with me (Diana). We waited around 20 minutes for an inpatient room, and once admitted they took a few more samples to test. She was sleeping as I left. Pray for her healing and rest.
Noora had another echo today at the hospital. This went very smoothly, and confirmed that her heart is looking good. She isn’t on any medicines, and the doctor is happy for her to go ahead with another surgery for her hip. If she wasnt due to have this hip surgery, then she would be cleared to travel to Kurdistan at this point.
Noora’s grandma was very happy, and she spent the rest of the time in the hospital taking pictures to send home, chatting with her family on video chat and the other Kurdish mums in the hospital, as we got some other administrative bits and pieces sorted out.
Please pray for news of Noora’s hip surgery soon, and for God’s financial provision for this.
Today, after a long wait, Noora finally received her surgery. In the doorway to the operating room, Noora was still really unconcerned. With her childish happiness and curiosity she explored her new surroundings and had fun, as you can see in the picture.
When the surgery were about to begin and her grandmother had to leave her, she became very worried. During all the time waiting, she cried a lot and prayed more frequently. And then, after a few hours, the surgeons came and told us good news! The surgery went well and Noora probably won’t need any more surgeries for her heart. Her grandmother was really full of praise, kissing and hugging everyone. She also spoke a thankful blessing over Shevet and everyone contributing to this organization. What a blessing to serve such grateful people!
Please thank God, but also pray for the next 24 hours to go well.
Today we went to the orthopedic department for an x-ray of Noora’s hips. Her hip is completely out of its place; it’s the result of hip dysplasia that’s not been treated.
Dr. Sherr said that it is better to do this operation when the children age is 1, not older. But he also said that they will be happy to do it here. We need to wait until after the heart operation is done then he can see her again and decide if they will do the operation.
Please continue to pray for wisdom for the physicians so they can do what is best for Noora.
Today, we did not visit the hospital for a cardiac appointment. This time, we headed to the children’s department of Orthopedics. Unfortunately, Noora has limped since she learned to walk and she also squints. The cardiologist sent us to the orthopedic specialist at her last and first appointment to find out about her overall wellness by examining her bone structure.
When we reached the reception, there was already a large amount of children waiting for their appointments. We joined them and really had to wait a long time. During this time, Noora and I became good friends. We played with small motorcycles, explored the waiting area, took pictures, talked with her Dad via video call, but also just sat and waited. She is a really cute and trusting girl. After a long time of waiting, the orthopedist finally called us in. After talking, letting her walking before him and examining her hips. He told us his results. Noora was born with a dislocation of her right hip. She will have another appointment with the orthopedist next Thursday. They will also do an x-ray on this day. After the results, they will have a meeting with two orthopedists, Noora and her guardian to talk about her options. In general, this dislocation will not hinder her having her cardiac surgery before treating her hip.
Please pray for little Noora and her grandmother, as she may need orthopedic treatment in addition to her cardiac surgery. Please also pray for the doctors, who do have to plan and cooperate. May God give all of them peace and patience, especially her family.
Noora and her family fled from their home during the Islamic State invasion of Iraq in the summer of 2014. They’ve built a cinderblock home in their new location, but the walls are still unfinished and they are sleeping on thin mattreses on the cement floors. On their own they do not have any hope of getting Noora open-heart surgery, which will allow her to grow up and have a normal life. Noora’s visa to Israel has just been approved, and we hope she will travel by the first week of December.