At a young age, Arkan was diagnosed with Double Outlet Right Ventricle, which means that two of his major arteries are connected to the same right ventricle. Throughout his life, Arkan has experienced many assessments, procedures, and even a major surgery.
Now at thirteen years old, Arkan is in Israel seeking cardiac surgery to replace a conduit, or a channel between his right ventricle and pulmonary artery. His conduit has suffered from calcification, which has narrowed the channel. This makes it difficult for blood to travel through the channel. Arkan’s father is a civil engineer and is very interested in learning about his son’s condition. His love for Arkan is evident in his desire to learn more so that he can provide the best care for his son. He is willing to wait for as long as needed for him to receive the best care. Today Arkan and his father patiently waited for not only his assessment, but patiently waited hours for the Shevet Achim hospital team to complete all the tasks needed to be done at the hospital. It reminded me of how much God loves his children and is our good Father. Here is the first stanza of “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”:
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would give His only son
To make a wretch His treasure
A doctor at the hospital will discuss his case tomorrow to decide if he needs a pulmonary circulation CT angiography to get a better picture of how his lungs are functioning. The doctors will also discuss what is best for Arkan in terms of medical procedures.
Today, it was so nice to meet Arkan, who is 14 years old! I always think God is doing something special when an older child comes to Shevet. They get to experience life alongside the staff, and we bond like siblings with them. We’re so excited to have him and his kind father here with us! Please pray that he would feel at home here, even while waiting for surgery. His operation will be to treat his Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), and his first assessment is September eighth!