Ali's Heart Surgery

Northern Iraq

Oh Baby! Ali Arrives in Israel!

Posted on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 00:18 by Kristina Kayser

Let me begin by saying how thrilled I was to hear that an eight-month-old baby was coming to Shevet Achim. The one picture we had of Ali had already captured my heart. Naturally, it was love at first sight when I met little Ali today. His big brown eyes seem to take in the world in a glance, and his cheek dimples when he smiles. I also quickly discovered that if you sing to him when he's fussy, he immediately stops to listen and starts smiling. His mother is a similarly endearing young woman. I wouldn't have expected her to be a first time mother, judging by the way she so calmly and knowingly cares for her son. 
Having crossed the border into Jordan, I had the honor of escorting Ali and his mother back into Israel. Ali's mother seemed excited and a little apprehensive through the customs and questioning process. After all was said and done, with visas in hand, she shyly asked me if Israel was beautiful. I nodded enthusiastically, and her face lit up with a smile. I can see where Ali gets his sweet nature from. 
This baby was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD), an unnatural opening between the chambers of his heart that needs urgent intervention. The level of medical care Ali needs was not available in Kurdistan. Thus, he and his mother have come seeking treatment that will, Lord willing, add many years to Ali's life. 
My Scripture reading today was of the faithfulness of God in leading His people across the Jordan and into the promised land. I believe that Ali will also experience the faithfulness of God as he journeys into Israel in search of hope and promise! I also have no doubt that you will fall in love with Ali as you follow his story of healing across the Jordan!  

Ali from Northen Iraq

Posted on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 13:57 by iamadmin

Eight-month-old Ali from northern Iraq has a large hole between the ventricles of his heart which can be fully closed through surgery. Without prompt care he could develop pulmonary hypertension and become inoperable. We hope to bring him to Israel within the next three weeks.