Onaees’ echo was wonderfully completed at Sheba hospital today; he was initially very scared to see the hospital again, but after some time, he settled into his normal self again, running around, exploring, and charming everyone with his mischievous smile.
His mum and I laughed about how he has one leg crossed over the other during the echo; he did this in his first appointment and now this has become his signature move. I told his mum he is like a little adult, especially in his button down shirt and waistcoat.
Onaees and his mother were in high spirits at this news. While we were waiting at the hospital, Onaees gave me a few of his ornery grins, as he was munching on potato chips.
We are all so thankful for the smoothness of his recovery after surgery so far.
Onaees is one of those children that seeing him now, you wouldn’t know he had open heart surgery three days ago. He was relaxing and watching TV on his mom’s phone, and his mother said that soon after the surgery, Onaees was extubated and drinking milk. Praise God for this sweet boy’s recovery.
Onaees had a quick stay in Sheba hospital after his catheterization; he was discharged this afternoon.
As Onaees’s mother got him ready to go, she repeated, “Onaees, we are going home!” Although this isn’t ‘home’ in the way Kurdistan is to them, I was encouraged that she would think of our home as hers while she is here. I pray she finds it a place of security and love.
We are really happy for her as she received the wonderful news that her son will be able to have the Glenn procedure in the coming weeks. Please pray for both of them as they wait.
Onaees had a diagnostic catheterization today at Sheba Medical Center, which found him to be suitable for surgery. During the cath, Onaees’s mother was very worried. She cried when we arrived to the waiting room, but co-worker Alena was able to console her. It showed me how important and helpful our work is. Our visits change these mothers and often lifts their sadness.
Onaees is in the ICU now and his condition is well. I was impressed about the caring and effort of the doctors and nurses in the ICU. As soon as Onaees arrived there, about six hospital staff members came together in his room to talk about him, his condition and the next steps. Please pray for a good surgery, and the worries of his mother about her child to be abated. How blessed to know, that God is in control.
Onaees is a two year old boy from Iraqi Kurdistan. He was diagnosed with a rare cardiac condition called tricuspid atresia with double outlet right ventricle. His organs are also reversed, on the opposite side of his body from where they should be. Onaees also has a reactive airway disease and is frequently hospitalized for this. He is a sweet-natured boy and playful. It is evident how much he loves his family. We welcome Onaees and his mother to Israel, and hope they can find the health care Onaees needs while here. Please pray for Onaees and his mother.