I reviewed a photograph of Nyaz from her mum first thing this morning, in which she is drinking milk. So when we arrived at the hosptial, I knew already that God has done a great healing in Nyaz’ body through the hands of the doctors and nurses here.
Nyaz’ mum was sitting with the mother of Marya and the father of Sahand, as we arrived upstairs with Mateen’s mum. There is a nice little community of Kurdish families in the hospital at the moment.
The update from the doctor was brief, but completely positive, and it is clear to see that Nyaz is doing so well already, just 1 day after surgery. She is extubated and awake, alert and so happy. She still has chest drains in. The other wonderful thing is of course the transformation in her mum; the weight of worry has lifted, and she was full of joy.
Please keep praying that Nyaz will heal well and we can have her home soon.
We really could see the Father at work today perfectly orchestrating the timings of everything happening at the hospital. One lovely example of this today was how Zinar and Razbar were ready to leave the hospital at the same time as Nyaz arrived to be admitted for her surgery tomorrow. The transition was seamless!
For Nyaz and her mother this day could not have come soon enough and it was such a pleasure to spend time with the two of them today in such high spirits and so relieved knowing that the surgery would be tomorrow.
Nyaz attracted quite a lot of attention today from those working at the hospital be it radiographers, cleanse, nurses and doctors as she just lit up the spaces she was in with her beautiful smile. Nyaz had all of the standard tests the children have when they are admitted for surgery including, an X-ray, ECG and blood tests. When Nyaz had finished her preliminary tests she was able to go straight to her room in the ICU. It was wonderful to see that just 2 rooms away from Nyaz is Warren and her father. It is always calming when there are multiple parents from Kurdistan in the ICU together as generally the families rely strongly on their community, like us at Shevet.
Nyaz settled into her room ell. She will have the first surgery of the day tomorrow. Please join with us in praying for every aspect of her surgery tomorrow, the hands, minds and hearts of the medical team, Nyaz’z physical heart and for mum as she waits for the surgery to take place tomorrow.
Sweet Nyaz was sleeping when I arrived today at the secondary ICU at Sheba hospital. She was discharged today, after having her catheterization yesterday morning for evaluation before surgery. Her mother was so happy to go back home.
The doctors will discuss the results of the cath. Thanks to our heavenly Father that she is doing well today. The nurses recommended that the mother should do everything possible to prevent her from crying, otherwise her oxygen level will reduce. Nyas will have a follow-up with the cardiologist next week.
I was very happy to spend time with Mom while we were waiting for Nyaz’s cath, but when I arrived to the hospital Nyaz was in her room and had already had her cath. It was very early in the morning. Our sweet Nyaz was sleeping, but when her mom saw me, she gave me a big hug. She was very happy that Nyaz had a successful cath.
In the beginning we were a little worried, because her leg was a little cold – red and white looking – but they used heat therapy and the doctor checked her. After around 30 minutes her leg was normal. Thank the Lord. The doctor explained to us that her cath was good, and her lung pressure is fine, but her right ventricle is too small, so the doctors need to think if they can make only one ventricle or one and a half. Praise to the Lord mom can speak Arabic, so she could understand.
After that, Nyaz awoke and cried but the doctor told us she could drink milk, so she was very happy drinking her milk. After that she was happy in the bed moving and smiling with us. And also mom and I drank tea together, and I prayed for them.
Please pray for wisdom for the hospital team for the best plan for Nyaz and an open schedule for her.
This morning Sophie and I had the joy of bringing Niyaz to the hospital for her admission for her catheterization. The procedure will take place tomorrow, so please pray for her and her mother! Today we went to an echo and an x-ray before she got a bed in the secondary ICU, and Niyaz was so wonderful for both tests. She was very calm, and especially for the echo, the technician who did it was very good with her as well. Please pray for her cath tomorrow and that a clear surgery plan would follow!
Today we were called to the hospital for a second echo as a team of cardiologists wanted to look at Nyaz’s right ventricle on ultrasound. We were accompanied by 3 visitors from Oxford in the UK today who were so lovely with with Nyaz playing and dancing with her whilst we waited for her appointment.
Nyaz’s mum showed us some beautiful family photos from home and it was a privilege to get a little insight into her life back in Kurdistan. Nyaz has two older siblings who look like they are very close to her.
Praise God the echo went really well and due to Nyaz being so calm throughout the assessment the doctors were able to determine that the best next step for her will be catheterisation. Everyone at Sheba was very taken with Nyaz today and it is obvious why, she has a smile that just stops you in your tracks and disarms you. We pray that this heavenly joy long continues for sweet Nyaz. We also pray that a surgical plan become available following catheterisation.
I had the pleasure of accompanying both Nyaz and Tre for their initial assessments at Sheba today. I haven’t had much opportunity to meet these mums who are new to our community yet so it was great to spend some time with them. We had fun in the car using the little bits of all of the languages we know together to talk about Israel and the hospital.
Nyaz had an echo, ECG, chest x-ray and check of vital signs today. She was such a good girl throughout all of the tests and her mum did a beautiful job of quickly distracting her whenever she started to become unsettled.
Nyaz has a lovely temperament she really enjoys being sociable and she seems to love music. Her skin is very blue at the moment and despite this being a reflection of her significantly lower than average oxygen saturation levels her energy and joy is surprising.
The cardiologist reported that Nyaz will now be presented to the medical team to discuss her next steps. In addition to her diagnosis received in Kurdistan Nyaz appears to have a smaller pulmonary artery than would be expected. For this she may require an angio-CT or a catheterisation in order to gain better insight into the working of her heart.
Please pray for Nyaz and her mother that they will know the love of Jesus throughout their time here in Israel. Please also pray for knowledge and wisdom during the medical discussion regarding Nyaz’s case.
Nyaz and her mother arrived to Israel this morning! While both are tired from the trip, they provided plenty of smiles in the arrival hall and in the car. Nyaz has a complicated heart defect (TOF with complete AV canal) with her oxygen saturation reported to be quite low in Kurdistan.
And the effects were obvious with the shape and color of Nyaz’s fingers and toes, but praise the Lord the oxygen level reading at the airport was around 80% and Nyaz fared very well during the travel. After contacting Sheba to ensure the decision, we headed home to our Jaffa base with Nyaz and her travel companions (Wareen and Tre).
Nyaz and Mom will rest at home today and we will soon hear when their assessment appointment at the hospital will be. What a blessing we have to get to know beautiful little Nyaz and her mother as they are here with us in Israel!