This morning, God sent us firstly to the always-smiling Nvin, and this was so blessed, since five minutes after we arrived there, she was surprisingly picked up for the cath. Just from the beginning the 5 month-old girl gained the precious nurse’s and doctor’s hearts by her wonderful smile. We are very thankful for this so lovely and gentle medical team at the hospital which cares for our children like Nvin! May God bless them!
And praise the Lord, the cath went very well; the doctor was really satisfied. Unfortunately they had to incubate her during the operation, which also made her mum afraid when she saw her after the cath. The mother was very relieved to hear good news about her daughter after the hard waiting time of 3 hours. But when she saw the little life after the operation and when she found out she had to change the station, the lovely mom was overwhelmed by her feelings. Please pray for her that she gets enough strength to be a good support for her daughter! And please pray for a good recovering for the little girl too!
Two days ago, Nvin’s admission for catheterization was cancelled due to the lack of hospital beds. At noon today we received a call from the hospital saying that there was room available for Nvin. Immediately we told her mother and headed to the hospital.
Today Nvin and her mother practiced flexibility. The X-ray in the pediatric department was not functioning and so we all adventured around the large hospital facility to reach the adult radiology department. The hospital is the largest hospital in Israel, and people were even biking through the hospital corridors. As a bicyclist whizzed by, we brightly smiled at each other. Wandering around the labyrinth of the hospital bonded us together.
We were relieved when we finally returned to the pediatric cardiac department and admitted Nvin into her bed. Tomorrow she will have a catheterization. Please pray for strength for her mother to be there for her baby girl. We hope that Nvin will continue to have a beautiful, bright smile after her catheterization.
Written by: Joela and Colin
Nvin and her mum were up early this morning, ready for a day of assessment at the hospital, before being admitted for a catheterisation tomorrow.
Nvin coped very nicely with an ECG, and the majority of an echo. The radiographer was very special, and sang to Nvin throughout the echo, which really grasped her attention and kept her calm… Until the very end and Nvin had had enough, and she started to cry until she fell asleep!
The good news for Nvin today, as explained by the cardiologist, is that although her pulmonary valve is small and appearing abnormal, she is hopeful that the catheterisation would be able to insert a balloon to dilate it, and so create more blood flow. They also will be able to look at the aorta and see if a surgery needs to be done.
Unfortunately, Nvin’s cath had to be postponed, as there is no bed available for her.
Nvin is extremely popular with everyone she meets, as she is so adorable with her gingery hair and blue eyes. Please pray for her time here in Israel, for the blessing of God over the timings of the interventions for Nvin.
Nvin has beautiful autumn-red hair and a mosaic of green and grey eyes. She possesses a joyous smile that is contagious. She and her beautiful mother arrived early before the break of dawn from Iraqi Kurdistan. A few hours later, Nvin had her first assessment at Sheba Medical Center. Her mother patiently waited and comforted her daughter throughout all the assessments.
Nvin’s echo revealed Unicuspid Aortic Valve, causing severe aortic stenosis and mild narrowing of aorta. A four limb blood pressure exam was conducted to determine if there were any potential complications in perfusion. The doctor cleared Nvin to return to the Shevet base to wait for further steps. The plan is to perform a balloon dilation catheterization to explore the anatomy of the aorta to determine if they need further surgery or can perform aortic dilation via catheterization.
The journey of awaiting for hospital admission, next exams, and next steps can be a tiring and trying journey. Please continue to pray for their journey, that they would seek comfort and hope in Christ.
Beautiful Nvin, who is five months old, arrived along with three other families early this morning. She was fast asleep when her and her mum entered the welcome hall! Nvin has her first assessment tomorrow to look at her hypoplastic aortic arch. Her mum is very kind and gentle, and we look forward to getting to know both of them! Please pray for tomorrow’s appointment!