It was another big step for our ‘small baby’ Mina today when she was moved out of the ICU to the secondary ICU at Sheba Medical Center. She is recovering very well so far since her surgery. Her father is extremely happy about it as well. He and his wife are thankful and happy too. They know that everything is happening step by step for Mina.
Please join me in prayer that she will continue to recover well and can be discharged soon..
At 8 o’clock this morning, ‘small baby’ Mina went to her surgery. It was the second surgery for arterial switch. When I arrived at the hospital, Mina’s father was quite worried. His worries quickly subsided however, because some other Kurdish families also receiving heart surgeries with Shevet Achim, were also in the hospital at this time, and kept us company while we waited for news of Mina. It really is lovely to see how the families all support each other during difficult times, encouraging each other not to be afraid. Mina’s surgery was planned as a two hour surgery. It lasted however, for a total of five and a half hours. The father of ‘small baby’ became quite worried. He spent time walking around the waiting area and looking trough the small doors there. But the wait was worth it when at last the doctors were able to do the arterial switch and fix her little heart in the procedure. Praise the Lord for that. When Mina’s loving father received this news, he was very happy and called his wife directly to tell her the wonderful news. It was quite a surprise for her, since Mina’s father did not tell her that Mina was having her second surgery today. He wanted to surprise her and the surprise turned out very well. His wife cried with joy when she heard that the surgery was successful. Now the doctors and we hope for a good recovery for .small baby’ Mina. May you join us in prayer for that.
As you may have read from the previous blogs, our happy nickname for Mina is “small baby.” Today was the “small” surgery for her. Despite being, in the opinion of the experienced surgical team, a “small” surgery, today’s surgery weighed heavily on the shoulders of her kind-hearted father. We met him this morning, tired and worried at the hospital, having just released his precious daughter into the hands of the surgeons, who told him to expect the process to take around five hours.
Mina’s father was ready to go with his daughter asleep under many blankets in a baby-carrier seat. We have a running joke where we refer to Mina as ‘small baby.’ One of the technicians at her first appointment called her name to bring her into the echo. To double-check that she had the right child, instead of saying Mina’s name, she asked if this was ‘small baby.’ A very fitting name for Mina as she is the youngest of the group she traveled with, and she really is so lovely and cute.
Her admission proved difficult when it came time for the blood test. She cried to a point where her oxygen dropped below 30%, so they postponed drawing blood until she had calmed down. Her dad has been so capable and attentive to her, the hospital will be a different environment for him, but he has been an outstanding parent through all of this.
Please pray for Mina as she goes into surgery tomorrow, this will be the first of a two-step surgery.
Today our little Mina had an ultrasound appointment for her kidneys and for her brain at Sheba Medical Center. I drove the friendly father and her there together. When we arrived for the appointment we still had to wait for some time. During that time I had the privilege to hold the cute girl for a while and she was very calm. But after a time she started to cry a bit because she was hungry. When the father noticed that he prepared her milk immediately and took lovingly care of her. She was satisfied with the milk and to be back in her father’s arms. She felt asleep a few minutes after this and she stayed asleep until the doctor told us to come into the room for her ultrasound.
In the rest of the waiting time Mina’s friendly father showed me pictures of his family back in Kurdistan. Little Mina is the youngest of three children that the parents have together. There is one brother and one sister and of course the mother waiting for them back in Kurdistan. The calmness of Mina was not with her anymore when the nurse did the ultrasound for her. She cried a lot during it but was beautiful to see how her father took care of her again and tried to calm her down.
They already have a beautiful relationship with each other. When the friendly doctor looked at the ultrasound he said it looks good. Tomorrow the little girl needs to have a corona test done in preparation for her surgery that is scheduled for next week. The surgery will be a two-step surgery; in the first one they want to do a BT shunt and a pulmonary artery banding, in preparation for a possible arterial switch. Thank you for your prayers for this small girl and her extremely friendly father. They are much appreciated.
The echo was very thorough and confirmed her diagnosis from Kurdistan of TGA; her cardiologist was not only managing to capture the images of Mina’s heart but also knew how to calm her down when she began to cry. She understood that Mina wanted to be swaddled, so we brought her blanket and the doctor wrapped her up in it. Mina was settled and asleep within seconds, meaning that the echo could continue.
Please pray for this sweet girl as she now has lived for three months with a condition doctors usually treat in the first days of life. The doctors will meet to discuss her case and decide on what surgery to perform and when it will be.
Today, little Mina and her dad were able to come to Israel with five other Kurdish families through Jordan’s border with Israel. Maybe you have read Jonathan’s letter from Kurdistan where he already visited the whole family, arranged for them to travel, and now they are here!
So after everything was done at the border crossing point, we went on to our community home Jaffa in the afternoon where this little family will spend two weeks in quarantine but will be able to make hospital appointments.
After a time in the car, I prayed in my heart to the Lord and said to him that I was hungry, because I hadn’t really eat anything until that that time. In this moment Mina’s dad opened his backpack and gave me some pastries. This was such a nice moment for me. Our Father really knows, before we ask him.
So with this amazing truth in mind, please ask Him also for Mina’s coming treatment which starts next week with the first appointment at Sheba hospital.
Newborn Mina was so blue at birth that doctors knew something was very wrong. Echo examination showed her great arteries were transposed, so that her heart was pumping blue instead of red blood out to her body.
If Mina can reach the advanced medical center in Israel in time, a surgery to switch the great arteries can still give her a normal life.