Gashbin had a better day today. I think the now familiar process of driving and then arriving at Sheba hospital is becoming easier. It also helps that Gashbin loves the drawing corner and the children’s area where she plays very happily. Gashbin’s Mother still need a lot of prayer as she is very distressed and frightened by the hospital procedures and what it means for Gashbin. The news however is positive with the surgeons still deciding what operation will be suitable but with a date on the near horizon. The doctors have not yet decided which operation Gashbin needs but they are confident that they will be able to help her which is great news. Please pray that Gashbin and her Mother will have confidence in Shevet and the Sheba hospital team and that they made the right decision coming to Israel for treatment.
I met mom and Gashbin in the waiting room. Gashbin was in for a catheterization. Her mother was worried and looked a little scared. She asked several times when they would be done. The doctors were done after a couple of hours, and mother hurried to her and hugged her.
The mother wanted to know how things had gone, and I explained everything the doctor said. Everything went well during the catheterization.
After a couple of hours we got calls from the doctors who told us that the mother was not feeling well. We went to their room and Gashbin’s mother told us that she had low blood sugar and had difficulty getting up. She got food and water and after a while she felt better. Gashbin was also worried about her mother, but her mother tried to be strong for her sake.
We really need to pray for Gashbin and her mom so they can have days with peace in the hospital and a lot of hope.
Gashbin was really nervous at the time of her first echocardiogram at the hospital today. She has a very sweet mother who takes care of her all the time. Maybe she is a little spoiled because of many years suffering from this heart disease.
The doctors found that they’ll need to do a diagnostic catheterization to study Gashbin’s heart further. It may be possible to help her by simply dilating the pulmonary artery or putting in a stent; otherwise she may need a major surgery.
I really prayed all the time today that Gashbin will be calm and relaxed. Every time we mentioned the word cath or surgery she began to cry more. I tried to make her happy, telling her stories or just asking questions about her school and friends back home in Kurdistan.
The mother was very supportive. Finally we were told they she was going to have the cath tomorrow so she will be admitted today later in the afternoon.
In the waiting time we took all the children to the music room and they had just a great time, Gashbin forgot about the cath and loved to paint with Diana (pictured above).
We really need your prayers for tomorrow’s cath so Gashbin is quiet and calm.
Now they are in their room resting.
Sweet nine-year old Gashbin (at far right) arrived in Israel today seeking healing for her complicated single-ventricle heart. She’s had two previous surgeries, and doctors will be studying the anatomy of her heart to see how to increase the flow of oxygen to her body. This will relieve her fatigue and allow her to continue her studies.
Diana was on hand at the airport and adds:
We want to welcome sweet and fragile Gashbin. She and her Mom arrived very tired after they did not sleep all night. The waiting for them at the airport arrivals hall was long. Both new mothers were a little nervous but funny Julio spoke their own Kurdish language so they became more relaxed. We did the routine checkup at the airport, and thank God Gashbin’s vital signs and saturation were fine.