A beautiful smile leaves Israel!
Yesterday we said goodbye to little Nvin. We praise the Lord for the time she could spend here. After two caths she was allowed to go back home. We are so happy for her and Nvin’s beautiful mother. I still remember the first time we were together at the hospital. We were lost and had to walk through the whole hospital, but Nvin kept smiling and her mother wasn’t upset. Today as we hurried through the airport there was so much energy in both of them. Because of the thought of going home you could see a lot of joy in the face of Nvin‘s mother. Together with Ali and Deliza they‘re flying to Kurdistan. It is so good that we were able to send them together because Deliza loves to take care of Nvin and they enjoy helping each other. As they are on their flight please pray that they will arrive safely. Thank you to our Father who was taking care of them and who will always take care of them. Pray that Nvin’s mother will remember her time at Shevet Achim and will get to know our Lord because of it. We will never forget their beautiful smile and the joy they brought to us. God bless them!
After a final assessment, the cardiologist stated that at this moment no further intervention is warranted. This is not the final approval for her discharge, as the cardiologist would like to consult with another cardiologist prior to her final approval. Nvin’s mother has waiting patiently for several weeks to hear this news and has already celebrated with the rest of the families at Shevet.
Nvin and her mother have brought us so much joy. We are very happy to hear that soon Nvin will be reunited with her family. We rejoice in God’s faithfulness. We hope to continue celebrating tomorrow with them.
Although she entered the echocardiogram area with hopes to receive clearance to return to Kurdistan, Nvin’s mother graciously accepted the news when the cardiologist decided that it is safer to conduct another assessment in two weeks. Nvin’s mother wishes for all her daughters, especially Nvin, to be safe. Though Nvin has been growing well, Nvin’s heart function initially improved but then it reduced again.The cardiologist would like to continue monitoring her to ensure that it is safe to return to her family. It is wonderful to hear Nvin’s laughter and to see her contagious smile again. Even as we were waiting, she brought joy to many, including Dleza who is recovering in the hospital from her own surgery:
May God continue to renew her strength and to use her life for his glory. Even in her six months of life, Nvin has walked through the darkest valley. Yet the LORD is her shepherd who has been and will continue to guide her to peaceful streams.
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15
Little Nvin brings joy and smiles wherever she goes. Today, just as the sweetness of apples and honey are symbolic of ushering in a sweet new year (Rosh Hashana), Nvin’s sweetness lingered around the rooms of the children’s cardiac centre like the pleasing aroma of Christ.
We were expecting to present Nvin today for a Doppler ultrasound, post-catheterisation, to check her femoral arteries. Instead she was ushered in for an echo followed by an ECG and blood pressure check. The consultant cardiologist was so pleased with the result of the echo that she cancelled the Doppler ultrasound. It is so encouraging when we receive news that a treatment plan has worked and one of our children is a step closer to being reunited with their family. So, just a few more days of the current treatment regime, with a 50% reduction in one medicine, plus ongoing observations of mild regurgitation, and then, hopefully, one last echo. The consultant cardiologist is very thorough and wants to be sure that the mild coarctation (congenital narrowing of a short section of the aorta) is repaired enough for Nvin to be discharged home.
Nvin’s mother left the hospital all smiles and seemingly satisfied that all is well. It is obvious from where Nvin inherits her sweetness and I for one hope to make the most of enjoying their presence while they remain in our community. Praise God for the healing and restoration of another one of his precious children.
Strong, Perfect Nvin Able to Come Home
I accompanied Nvin and her Mom to the echo – it was a lovely time. Little Nvin showed her beautiful and amazing smile to me, which she didn’t really want to show to the doctor during her echo. Even though she cried during the echo it showed very good results and we got the amazing news that she could be discharged. After a while we were able to take home beautiful Nvin and her thankful mom.
Yesterday the hospital unexpectedly called Georgia to tell us to bring Nvin in because she will be having a second cath to expound on the work they did in the first one! Today was her cath day, and thank God everything went well! The nurse reported that everything had gone smoothly, there was no trouble with extubating her as there was last time. Her mum was so joyful! When we saw Nvin she was still asleep; she resembled an angel more than a human baby. And her oxygen was at 95% with no support! This is a wonderful report for precious Nvin, thank you all for holding her in prayer!
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!