I picked up Yano and her mom today from our Jerusalem Guest house for Yano’s assessment at Sheba hospital.
In the beginning, everything went very quick and easy. We didn’t wait long for the echo and Yano was very calm. I’ve never seen a child so relaxed during the assessment at the hospital. Usually the children are crying, but Yano was very uncomplicated.
Yano and her mother were patient while waiting to speak with the doctor and I played with Yano at the playground in the waiting area.
After some tests, including a blood test and an x-ray, we talked with the doctor again and he suggest a catheterization for little Yano.
We will get to know the specific date for the cath in the next days.
After the long day, we were happy to have this information and went back to Jerusalem, where Yano and her mother are staying currently.
Last night I had the opportunity to meet the very active and smart Yano and her beautiful mother for the first time since their arrival here in Israel. Yano had to come to the Sheba hospital ER because her oxygen saturation was very low, around 50% and she had a cough.
The doctor sent Yano to the adult building for an X-ray because it was evening and the pediatric X-ray was closed in the children’s ER. After the X-ray, Yano was examined.
Results indicated Yano’s heart appears larger than it should be, and her overall heart condition is worsening. Yano’s cough is improving however and her oxygen saturation varied upward between 50-80%. According to Yano’s mother, Yano’s oxygen fluctuation is normal for her and behaves this way also in Kurdistan, characteristically unstable but they still manage. Therefore it was decided not to keep Yano in the hospital, thank God, but that Yano and her mom could go back to Jerusalem for the time being; they’ll finish their quarantine requirements.
Yano’s first appointment to see the cardiologist will be in the next few days. While we were waiting to be seen by the ER doctor, it was a nice waiting time to spend together with both Yano and her mom. They have a lovely relationship and Yano is a very smart girl. The doctor loved Yano already, they’re friends now.
Please pray that Yano remains in a good condition for her time in Jerusalem. I’m looking forward to spending more time with lovely Yano and her mother and to get to know them more.
Yesterday, co-worker Bria and I went to Ben Gurion airport to welcome Dea and her mother and Yano and her mother, both mothers and daughters having traveled all the way from Kurdistan. Their visas were going to expire, so we had to bring them now even though Dea’s surgery may take some time still.
Teresa, the escorting nurse, arrived on time to Sulaymaniyah, in the north of Iraq, to be able to fly with them and bring them to Israel safely; we thank God for His perfect timing in everything.
Yano and her mother, on left above, are quarantining now in our Jerusalem guesthouse. Theresa is quarantining with them as well, hopefully they can be out in a week just in time to have their first assessments at Sheba hospital.
Yano’s mom is excited about being in Jerusalem and we hope it will be a big blessing to them as they now wait for their procedures.