We spent this morning with Neena’s Mum, while Neena was taken in for a catheterisation. She came out 2 hours later. The procedure went very well and she is back in the ward. The good news is that they gave the go ahead for the Glenn operation!
When Neena woke up she was very agitated and was given a sedative. We were able to have coffee with her Mum. She was so much happier when Neena was back in bed. We were able to say a quiet prayer with them both.
Neena, a lovely 18-month-old Kurdish girl from Iraq, came to Shevet with her beautiful, loving Mum and they had her first appointment at Sheba today. Thanks to Google translator, Julio and a great nurse, we were able to communicate when the doctor decided to draw blood and set a line for the procedure tomorrow. Poor little girl and brave mum – it wasn’t easy for the doctors to find a vein. It kept me praying for God’s help and I hope and pray that the two of them will get a good night’s sleep and the cath tomorrow will be one step towards healing of Neena’s heart ❤️.
The moment I first met Neena, we instantly connected. She sat in my lap for her first assessment in Israel, and was happy to scribble over her first assessment paper. Her childlike innocence and trust brought me peace and joy. She fell asleep quickly in the car in her red car seat and when we arrived, I carried sleeping, peaceful Neena into the house. The families were awaiting their arrival and had a feast of falafel prepared for the new families. The house was lively, but even after she awoke in a strange new environment, Neena simply smiled and quickly adjusted. She has been walking up and down the stairs, pushing a stroller with motherly love, and even interacting with the other children.
Underneath her pink jacket with silver stars, Neena wore a little blue dress with embroidered flowers. One of the families commented on how beautiful she appeared in the dress.
I pray that Neena will continue to grow and flourish during her time in Israel, blooming as the flowers depict on her dress. Please also continue to pray for her growing family, as Neena’s dear mother is one month pregnant.
Neena’s diagnosis is tricuspid atresia. Her mother shared about how when Neena was born, she was already showing signs of cyanosis–or turning “blue” due to inadequate oxygen. When she was five months old, Neena’s grandfather assessed Neena and suggested bringing her to the doctor for further assessment. The doctors in Kurdistan then referred her to Israel, and we are all so thankful that she is here. Her first assessment at the Israeli hospital is on October 30.
Nineteen-month-old Neena is the second daughter born to a young Kurdish couple in northern Iraq. They were shocked to learn of her multiple heart defects, and are bravely attempting to do everything they can for their daughter, who will likely need a total of three surgeries over the next few years. This means traveling outside of Iraq, as Neena’s open-heart surgery can not be safely done there.
Doctors at the Sheba Medical Center have agreed to take Neena into their care at a greatly discounted cost, and she is expected to arrive in Israel on October 27. Neena’s family will need our support to make this possible, as her father recently lost his work as a cashier in a supermarket.