Amer's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Amer is in the Hospital

Posted on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:01 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning it was a delight to see happy Amer and his mom in the children's ward. When we arrived, Mom was playing with him. He will have his operation tomorrow morning. We found out that last night he didn't sleep in his own bed, but wanted to sleep in Mom's bed.

It's so nice to see how the families are getting on together and encouraging one another. Please pray for a successful operation.

CT Tomorrow

Posted on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:07 by Dayo Martin

We came with Amer and his mother to the hospital bright and early this morning to prepare him for a CT scan. The hospital told us we had to wait for a bed to become available before they could do it. While we waited, we sat with Lionel's aunt, while Lionel  was in surgery. Eventually, we found out that they would not be able to do the scan but admitted him to spend the night at the hospital so they can do it tomorrow. This CT should hopefully tell us whether Amer's surgery will happen sooner or later. While it was unfortunate that it did not happen today, it allowed Amer's mother to be able to be there for Lionel's aunt in her time of waiting. We will hopefully have more information about Amer's condition tomorrow. Thank you for praying!

Assessments and Family Talks

Posted on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 17:41 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning Amer went with his mother to Sheba hospital. After arriving at the hospital, he had an echo and saw the doctor. He didn't like laying on his back but his mom worked to put him at ease so the echo could be finished.

In between the various exams and check-ups, we waited in a hall of the hospital and made ourselves comfortable with playing and drinking tea. Amer did really well and his mother was at peace. After a while he became tired and slept on his mom's lap. Dad phoned twice and I explained in English what was done for today and what still needs to be done. While I talked to Amer's dad, I was aware how difficult it must be for the family that had to stay behind at home.

The next step in his treatment will be an MRI scan. After that the operation can be planned. Amer now has to wait until the MRI is scheduled. Please remember this family in your prayers.

Safe Arrival

Posted on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:50 by Alexa Bigl

Welcome, Amer and Dikey Amer*! This 2.5 year-old little boy with ToF arrived just a few hours ago with his young mother. Both seem very quiet, gentle, and sweet. Amer's luggage was lost in Amman, but we are praying it will be delivered in the next days. The airport personel were extremely helpful in getting the forms filled out and escorted Amer and his traveling companions (his mother, Lionel, and Lionel's aunt) out to us in the arrivals hall. 

Amer's oxygen looked good at the airport and we were soon ready to come back to our house in Jaffa. Amer and his mother, after many hours of travel, fell asleep in the car.
But they awoke to see the Mediterranean Sea as we drove up to our house. Both mother and son are now resting after a time of orientation to their new home. We got some logistics sorted with phone sim cards, doctor's reports, and Amer's medications (since his supply is in the lost baggage) before they called their family and sent their greetings from Israel! 
The initial assessments and exams for Amer are scheduled for Wednesday morning, along with Lionel. It's a blessing these families are stable enough to have a period of rest and travel recuperation before they travel to Sheba hospital; the Lord is good.
We are excited to have the coming days to get to know Amer and his mom. May they feel loved and welcomed as part of our family! 
*Dikey is Kurdish for mother. In Middle Eastern cultures it is respectful to refer to someone as "Mother so-and-so" or "Father so-and-so." Dikey is pronounced a variety of ways depending on the region and dialect. Children often refer to their mothers as dya.