Ana's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Surgery Day!

Posted on Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:40 by Maxine Stuart

Today little Ana had her surgery to close the large VSD in her heart. She was the first on the surgery list today, so it was an early start. Mum was signing consent forms when we joined her. After one last squeeze, she handed her baby over to the surgical team, and cried in as my mum consolled her. I, meanwhile was preparing to enter the operating theatre. Thanks to the generous efforts of a very kind ICU doctor, the medical staff invited me to observe the surgery. I said goodbye to Ana's mum, and entered the OR. There lay Ana with a team of highly skilled surgerons, anethitists, technicians and nurses all around her working like clockwork. I got to observe the different phases of surgery, getting close enough to see little Ana's heart beating inside her chest. The closure went very well, and after an echo, all doctors were happy with the outcome. The team then closed her chest, and I headed out to tell Ana's waiting mother the good news.

She was so happy to hear that everything went well, and Ana was wheeled out shortly after. The surgeon confirmed that the surgery was a success, and that Ana was doing so well that they hoped to extubate her today! I thank God for a successful surgery for Ana, for her calm and wise mother, for my mother who held everything together while I was in the OR, and for the brilliant team at Sheba hospital that feel more and more like family everyday.

Exploratory Cath

Posted on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:42 by Jesse Tilman

New kid Ana had a great catheterization today. She went in early and started on it. Her mom did well, patiently and prayerfully sitting by the door. The doctors did an exploratory look in Ana's heart and the word is that they are considering her as a good candidate for surgery soon. Sheba hospital is usually pretty quick on getting the surgeries through, so she could be in there soon. 

Please say a prayer for this precious girl. Her namesake in scripture got to meet Messiah! 
"There was one Anna, a prophetess...Coming up at that very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. The child was growing, and was becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him." Luke 2:36-40

Spontaneous Admission

Posted on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 23:10 by Johanna Ebert

Today Nelly, Ana, her mum and I went to the hospital to get Ana‘s feeding tube changed. She has this because of a cleft palate, which causes problems with her swallowing. At the hospital the doctor was surprised that she needs it to get her milk, because usually kids with her kind of problem can drink with special bottles.

That would be a huge improvement for Ana. The doctor admitted her and in the next days they will try to feed her with the bottle. Hopefully it works for her!

First Assessment

Posted on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:33 by Sophie Harvie
It was an early and sleepy start for sweet Ana and her mother this morning as we headed to Sheba for her initial assessment. Ana arrived at Shevet late yesterday evening following a long day of travel.
We were really blessed by the Sheba team today working with Ana. They were very efficient, seeing Ana immediately on arrival and caring in their conversations with her mother. Ana had her first ECHO and ECG along with her basic checks. The surgical team will meet to review all of their findings today and decide whether she will need a catheterization prior to surgery.
Ana remained completely chill throughout her assessments this morning. She was a total delight for all she encountered, smiling, lifting her hands up and down and kicking her legs excitedly. It was also a real pleasure to spend time talking with Ana's mother and learning a bit about their life back home.
It has been quite a journey for Ana and her parents already. She was born prematurely and at this time was diagnosed with a cleft palate and heart difficulties. Much of her early life has been spent in thehospital. My prayer for Ana and  her mother is that this time in Israel can be so much more than life within hospital walls. I pray that they get to experience so much joy and fullness of life while they are with the Shevet Community.