Arya's Heart Surgery


Arya Leaves Israel

Posted on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

I was amazed to have the opportunity to see Arya and Juliana again when I returned from America last Wednesday night. Exchanging hugs and seeing the joy on the mothers' faces and the health of the children after their surgeries was a delight! I had escorted Rebar and his shy mom to Jerusalem the night before I left Israel so we didn't have a chance to get to know each other, but we could rejoice together nonetheless over what had happened in the time I'd been away. I had not seen Shinyar since the screening in October apart from checking the blogs, so it was a thrill to see her spunky personality too as the children all played together in their final stay in Jerusalem before they left for home.

I would have loved to go with them to the border, but because we had so many able to return at once, along with all their luggage, we bade each other farewell here at the house after praying for each one in the courtyard.

It is my prayer that their visit here will have changed every heart in a way that will cause them to know the depth of God's love for them, and everything He has done to prove it. I give Him thanks for letting me make friends with these mothers and children in His divine plan.

Biggest Smile in Israel

Posted on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker

Arya is out of the ICU and doing just fine! When I met up with Arya he was hanging out with his mother and several other moms. These mothers all have at least one thing in common and that is their children have all had open heart surgery.

Arya is eating, drinking, and sleeping well not to mention that he sports one of the biggest smiles in all of Israel.

Later on in the day as he waited for a post-op echo he once again flashed his pearly whites for the camera letting me know all is well.

Arya Awake and Eating Chocolate Pudding

Posted on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 06:42 by Brenda_Giangregorio

It was a wonderful sight to see little Arya laying peacefully in his bed in ICU. Just one day after seeing him struggle with his blood pressure he is now in good stable condition. He is off mechanical ventilation, awake and even able to eat chocolate pudding as well as being able to drink a little milk. Sounds like he's on his way. We thank eveyone for their prayers and his mom is so encouraged. I can never find her in one place for very long. She is going around the corridors telling everyone the story of why she has such a smile on her face. We love to see this kind of joy that only a grateful heart can display.

Surgery Went Well; Arya Not Yet Stable

Posted on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 00:00 by Brenda_Giangregorio

Arya left for the surgical ward around 8am this morning. This was a total relief to his mom who was worrying that he would endure yet another delay in the plan to see her child in a state of recovery and renewed health. The problem began late last night when the medical staff alerted the doctors that Arya was running a high temperature. The response of the doctors was to stall the plans for his surgery until this morning, placing him on a 'watch list' to see if the fever came down sufficiently to prevent any risk during his operation.

We are happy to report that he was given approval and off to the operating room he went... The surgery was lengthy as expected and he was transported to ICU late this afternoon. During our visit, we observed that Arya was demonstrating a convulsion-like body tremor and I headed for the nurses' station to find out what was happening. Apparently his blood pressure keeps elevating and peaks and then falls very low. He has been sedated to force him to rest and is not considered stable at this time. The surgery went very well, so the staff are confident that his condition will improve by morning.

Please lift little Arya in prayer. His mom is resting with the other moms in the children's ward tonight and able to take some time out for herself and leave Arya in the capable hands of Wolfson.

The Wait Is Over

Posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 00:00 by Brenda_Giangregorio

The wait is over! Being the last of the Iraqi children who came over the border on December 31, 2007, Arya has now been admitted to Wolfson Medical Center for surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning, February 21st. The complexity of his heart condition and the severity of the operation necessitated the delay.

For Arya's mother, the months of heartache while watching other children go into the hospital and subsequently return and leave for home was quickly becoming unbearable for her to behold. Shevet Achim has been by her side, to try to keep her informed of the reasons for the wait. Last week we visited her again at the children's house in Azur to devote ourselves to pray on her behalf.

We are pleased to tell you that today, we saw Mom jumping for joy and speaking as clearly as she could in English, "I love you, I love you, I love Shevet Achim," as she stood in the pediatric ward smiling from ear to ear as she told us how God answered our prayers. I wish I had my camera out to catch her, mid-air!

Rejoice with us, and please keep Arya in your prayers as he enters the operating room tomorrow.

Returning Home Soon

Posted on Mon, 02/18/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

We met both Arya and his mother in the hospital with big smiles on their faces. His heart is doing well and he is considered to be in good health.

Tomorrow Arya will undergo one last minor operation to fix his right thumb, which has a small deformity.

Praise God for a healthy child with a healthy heart. He will be returning home soon!

A New Ball for Arya

Posted on Sun, 02/10/2008 - 00:00 by Brenda_Giangregorio

For several months now, women from a local church have volunteered to come along on visits to the families both at Wolfson Hospital and at the house where the families reside while waiting before and after surgery. Today was a special day for all. New toys donated to the church from an organization in the United States were taken by taxi to the moms and kids along with new shoes and lots of hugs.

We are very happy to have taken part in making these Iraqi families' lives a little brighter. And you can see how delighted Arya was with his new ball!

We thank everyone who has had their heart touched for this work, and responded by giving freely of their abundance.

Always Joyful

Posted on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_And_Michelle_Dannecker

There are two things which remain unchanged in Arya's life: his surgery date is still uncertain and he is still a happy boy!

Not surprisingly, when visiting him today at the Save a Child's Heart house, he was standing on a bench smiling at anyone who cared to notice. This was the first time I met Arya, and I had a wonderful time playing the "Eensy Weensy Spider" with him, and loved to hear him giggle as I tickled his neck. What a joy he is!

My children, AbbyRose and Levi, as well as Hank and I took some handmade quilts, sewn by some loving hands in Maryland, and gave them to Arya, Juliana, and Mustafa. Arya snuggled into the soft flannel cloth and gave another smile.

As we were preparing to leave, Arya's mom stood him up, but he promptly sat down and began to crawl away. Laura, one of the SACH staff persons, reports that though he can stand, he prefers to crawl - very fast - everywhere!

Since the waiting does not seem to faze Arya, please continue to pray for his mother. They have been in Israel over one month now, and still do not know when his turn will come for surgery. I am sure it is difficult to understand how some children get admitted to the hospital quickly, while others, like Arya, must wait. Pray for patience and understanding for this family.

Do Not Disturb

Posted on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker

I went to visit Arya but was stopped because of a midday siesta. I was informed that he needed his beauty sleep to maintain his image in the house as the quiet, smiling, happy child. His mother comments that when he is awake, he likes to crawl very fast, then sits up and smiles a lot!

Arya still awaits a surgery date, but until then he is content to spend his days at the Save A Child's Heart house, with so much crawling and smiling, he tires out quickly. So please, obey the "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on his door.

Arya Waits

Posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

While Juliana, Baveel and Hardi have each gone to the hospital for their recent procedures this week, Arya and his mother have been here with us in Jerusalem. They spend their days doing household chores and playing. And I am certain Arya's mother wonders when it will be her son's turn to go for his needed heart repair. Tenatively they are scheduled to move to the Save A Child's Heart house on Sunday, where they will be closer to the hospital when Arya's turn arrives. Please pray for patience as they wait.