As I came to the waiting station at the hospital, Eliyas’ Father had already packed their things together. Eliyas was dressed to go. But we needed to wait on a discharge report.
The wonderful boy was tired and was crying. The lovely father took his beloved son in the hands to carry him. It was such a beautiful view from the family. I wanted also to carry him. The father was glad to give Eliyas to me. He fell asleep in my arms. So he slept until we left the hospital.
Thank you for all your prayers! The father is so happy to have a blessed and healthy son.
Eliyas’ father’s first words when I went to see him at Sheba Hospital today, was that tomorrow, God willing, they will be discharged to the Jaffa base!
The nurses reiterated this as well, so we are anticipating his return soon! The staff were able to determine the cause of Eliyas’s arrhythmia, and his heart is stable and doing well. His dad proudly pointed to the monitor which showed his son’s stats.
He is looking forward to the Kurdish food that awaits them at our Jaffa house!
Before entering the hospital room of Eliyas and his dad, I wondered how I can speak with him if I don’t know any Kurdish? Fortunately, in that very moment, he had a friend on the phone who spoke English, so we could talk a little bit.
I came to understand that Eliyas has been crying a lot for the last two days and for the whole previous night, and doctors weren’t sure why. Eventually, it became known that Eliyas has been experiencing arrhythmias, and is going to be wearing a halter monitor now over the next 24 hours to get a good assessment of his condition. In the last night and for now, Eliyas is doing fine again, as you can see in these pictures.
Eliyas’ dad is full of compliments for the staff and the hospital in general. The staff also are all very happy with him being there and think he is a wonderful dad.
Please pray for little Eliyas, that doctors can help him and also that his oxygen will remain stable now.
He went for an Inpatient-echo, which showed that his post-surgical heart function looks really good. The cardiologist was very happy with these results. Eliyas’ father was also so excited to hear this news.
Your prayers have been appreciated by this family.
It was a surprise change in surgery schedule, which we heard of last night: Eliyas, who had been moved up to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) during the weekend due to his very low oxygen levels, was going to be taken into surgery this morning.
We realised that Eliyas is the first Kurdish baby of 2021 to have heart surgery at the hospital, and it was a big surgery. It took almost seven hours from the time he went into the operating room to the time he was brought out of it. The father waited with strength and patience, although towards the end of the time, he started to pace towards the door of the surgery area, longing for his son to be brought out.
The surgeon told us that it had been a difficult surgery, but thankfully they had been able to do everything which they intended to; the double switch of the Great Arteries, and the closure of two holes in the heart. They also found that a valve which had previously been a concern was working well, and did not need intervention.
Eliyas had a day at Sheba hospital today, ahead of a catheterization tomorrow.
The small Eliyas is so peaceful. He let the medical personnel do everything with him. Eliyas was admitted today and his father was very thankful for the help he received.
Eliyas’s oxygen levels were very low today. Tomorrow morning he will have his catheterization, followed by a test to measure the pressure in his lungs. He has had a catheterization before in Kurdistan, and surprised all of us with the information that this was done without anesthesia!
We hope it will go well tomorrow, and he will get a surgery to help him get well soon.
Eliyas has two older siblings back in Kurdistan, and it was nice to see a few photos of them. Eliyas is a very lovely baby and very relaxed and smiley. He had the full range of tests today; Echo, ECG, blood test and X-ray, handling them all beautifully and generally happily. The cardiologist loved him, and said that her diagnosis for him was “cute!”