Over the months ,she has had surgeries and catheterizations, and a long stay in Sheba hospital to battle the incessant pericardial effusion.
Since her discharge, her father has never once demanded to try to push the doctor to discharge her, never complained about how much time he had been here. He was only ever focused on what was best for Meera, no matter how difficult it was.
Today was one last echo for Meera, and she is so well now. One of the doctors in the ICU saw Meera in the echo area and asked them to come say goodbye before we left. Of course we had to take a group photo with much of the staff who have come to love Meera so much and gave so much in caring for her.
We finally got to say, Khalas! It is enough! She is going home to Kurdistan.
Please continue to pray for her and her father who is with her here and showed a lot of patience that it all might have an end soon and they can be reunited with their family in Kurdistan.
Another day for Meera held another trip to Sheba hospital. This time it was planned and not a visit to the emergency room, thank God!
Her echo showed great progress – no fluid in her lungs! Her cardiologist was very happy with Meera’s heart, and by the doctor’s estimation, Meera could soon return to Kurdistan.
However, she still has an on and off fever that they want to investigate to make sure it is not an infection of the conduit that is in her heart, so she will be here for another few weeks. Please keep Meera in your prayers.
This beautiful face lit up the room today. Meera’s condition has really improved, she is no longer with the fluid in her lungs, though the ward was not ready to discharge her yet because she is still being treated based on results of her blood test.
Please keep Meera in your prayers. Her dad, as always, is being a wonderful caretaker of Meera. Thank God for this daddy’s love for his daughter
Thankfully, the X-Ray today showed that the fluid in Meera’s lung is reducing, which is a good sign. The hospital will continue to monitor her and help to get her into a good enough condition to return home again.
She was back to her sweet smiley self by the end of the day.
There is more fluid build-up around her heart, and so tonight she was re-admitted into the hospital. We all want to see Meera become healthier, and it seemed that was happening.
Please pray for this beautiful girl and her father. The clothes she wore today were part of the gifts the nurses in the secondary ICU gave to her; she is certainly cherished by those who know her.
Almost exactly three months ago, Meera had her first appointment at Sheba hospital. Clearly she was not well enough to be at our community home, so she was hospitalized the same day she arrived and has been there through multiple caths and surgeries.
The astonishment of the doctors at her diagnosis was something that stood out from that first day. Over these three months, however, they’ve not only treated the structural problems of her heart, but have become like family to her and her father.
Meera would often be sitting with one of the nurses behind the desk, many doctors would stop and say hello to her and to her father as they walked the halls, and the nurses of their unit went shopping for her and bought many new clothes for Meera. They were clothes that fit her size so well and were colors that matched her complexion and hair. It was obvious they were chosen with great love and thought.
Meera has been discharged from the hospital today, after three months, having been honored and loved to the full by her father and by the staff at Sheba. I believe that because of the love she received from them, she is a different girl than she would have been otherwise.
Being able to see these circumstances is a privilege as is coming to know little Meera, and to welcome her to Jaffa at long last, and to be a spectator of the incredible compassion and love of the Sheba staff.
Please continue to pray for her life.
Yesterday was the first time for our beautiful Meera to be outside of her bed since her time in the hospital. Her father who is always taking loving care of his beloved daughter, was able to put Meera in a stroller and drive her around.
He went to us in the echo area where we were sitting with some other families telling everyone the good news with a happy face and all of us joined him in his happiness about this event. It is very nice that Meera has the chance to see her greater environment now and to be able to experience so many new things.
Her father took Meera outside of the hospital for a short time which was great especially for Meera to have some fresh air. Meera is a beautiful girl and everyone who sees her begins immediately to love and interact with her. One of the nurses got her some presents because she wants her to improve in her hand movement a bit. It was really nice of the nurse to do this; she loves little Meera as well.
We continue to pray for Meera and her lovely father for the time they still have in the hospital.
Meera has been put on new medication to treat the persistent fluid in her lungs. She was in a lot of pain from this new treatment, so she received medicine to help her rest. With this she was able to sleep for a few hours. When she woke up, it was around dinner time and I was impressed to see that she knew how to use a fork to feed herself.
The doctor who spoke with co-worker Georgia and I, agreed with us that Meera’s father is a remarkable man because of his devotion to his daughter. Please keep Meera in prayer this week, if this new medication doesn’t help control the fluid, she will need to go to another surgery.
When I visited them today, there were clowns coming to the hospital visiting her as they do many children from time to time. It was very lovely to see these clowns in action. Little Meera quite enjoyed their visit.
Friends, please continue to pray for Meera. She is with chest drains on both sides to help get rid of the liquid in her lungs. There was a pause in the middle of the day which allowed me to spend some time with her and her dad in their hospital room. It was a glimpse into Meera’s little life. She was fasting again today for the anesthesia, a necessary part of inserting the second chest tube.
There were many toys strewn on her bed, oddly one of the telltale signs of a long hospitalization. Meera has an amassing of gifts from different visiting charities that come to the hospital, all now in her possession. One of these gifts was a playset that produced small bubbles of different colors. We noticed her beautiful, inquisitive eyes as she studied how to engage with the playset. At one year and seven months Meera has endured so much.
We pray for resolution to her health troubles so she can engage and learn of the world around her – outside of the hospital.
Today, one of the Kurdish mothers who traveled to Israel in the same group as little Meera and her mum, saw Meera for the first time since she was admitted to hospital almost directly after arriving two months ago. The difference in Meera’s physical appearance, that she was pink, shocked the mother who last saw her with dark blue skin, indicating her little body lacked oxygen.
There were eight hours of tense nerves for Meera’s father today as his daughter underwent her second operation, for which the first one had been a preparation. As we sat together, I could see him look at his phone screen which is a picture of Meera in her hospital pajamas. It reminded me of last week when I visited Meera, she had a doll on her bed with blonde hair like the doll’s, and I tried to explain that we use the term “goldilocks” to her father for blonde hair like Meera’s. Sure enough, he put on an Arabic cartoon of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Meera has a big and beautiful personality, so for the surgery days and subsequent days of intubation, her absence is glaring. After she came out of the operation, Meer’s nurse said she didn’t like seeing Meera in this state because this isn’t her. The Meera we know is the toddler with pigtails, curious eyes wide open. But thank God this second surgery has been successful. Her father embraced the surgeon when he came out to say that everything had gone well. Please keep Meera in your prayers, especially for the process of extubating her.
When I opened the curtain to say hello to Meera, I was very happy to see her in that first moment. It was the first time for me to see her after her surgery and she just looked so much better and healthier. This morning I spoke with my co-workers Alena and Georgia about God revealing his glory so that we can see it (e.g. in John 1,14 or 1John 1,1-3). And now seeing Meera today, I felt this was an excellent example of how the Lord reveals his glory, because I can really see the change with my own eyes, praise his name. Shortly after I arrived, Meera’s father left the room; I wasn’t sure where he had gone. A few minutes later, he came back with a cup of tea for me which was very nice. Please pray that the Lord will continue to glorify himself in the life of Meera!
Our lovely girl Meera has recovered well from her first surgery so far. Today, she was moved out of the ICU at Sheba hospital, back to the intermediate department, as she is recovering so well. Her lovely dad and a nurse were walking by with Meera sitting on her tiny little bed and being wide awake as I was sitting in the waiting area. Meera has spent a lot of time sitting on her bed, and when I went to visit her she was very happy and not as afraid anymore as she was in the beginning, when she saw people with face masks coming to her. She had a little doll by her side, and when I was playing with her, she was reaching out with her cute hands for the doll. Thanks be to God for her good recovery so far, and for your prayers which are still very much appreciated.
Meera’s father joined the two Kurdish mothers for the beginning of the surgery and catheterisation for their daughters. It is touching to see how these families are supporting each other during these hospital days. Meera is having a better day today and seems to have turned a corner. As the nurse said, “We have to ask Meera why she’s feeling better today.” It is very good to see her now extubated since this morning, and with her heart rhythm responding to medication and under control. We need to continue to watch and wait for Meera’s recovery. It was a big surgery, to place a BT shunt and PA plasty, and so her body is adjusting in her own time. The medical team predict another surgery in the future, but at the moment we are to focus on her recovery from this first stage, before considering when this might be.
We heard during the night that Meera’s oxygen levels had dropped so low that she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. Thank God that he is looking over her; this morning at 8:30 she was brought into her surgery as scheduled, the first of two surgeries needed to help save Meera’s heart.
Her father carried the emotional load well, although he was very worried about her. We were joined by some other families who offered words of encouragement, many of them remembering the surgeries of their own babies.
The surgery was planned to last five hours. After more than seven hours, Meera finally emerged. She looked so different, no longer dark blue in her extremities, but fairly pink, perhaps a little pale even. The nurse in the ICU told us after about 30 minutes that Meera was stable, and now she needs to just remain stable and recover from the surgery.
Secondly came an echo, and this also was very sad for her, however in the caring arms of her father, she eventually fell asleep. This was good because Meera’s heart defects are incredibly complex, and the echo took a very long time. Nearly all the staff from the department seemed to pop into the room at one point or another to look at the images from Meera’s heart, as the complexities of the defects were very interesting.
Her oxygen saturation today was between 57-72%, and her cardiologist explained that this is really not a safe condition to be sending her away from hospital today. She also would like to do further assessments from a CT scan to understand more about Meera’s heart and help plan intervention for her. Therefore, Meera was admitted to the hospital today. She continued to catch the attention of a few doctors as they passed by her, shocked to see this cyanotic little girl.