Anas's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

A Peaceful Smile

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 21:15 by Miriam Svensson

Early this morning we left to take Anas to the hospital for his first assessment. First, we went to the children's ward to check his heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level etc. His length and weight was measured and blood tests were taken. Anas didn't enjoy having all these tests taken, but in between he was peaceful and even gave us a smile once in a while.

Both Anas and his mother had to take PPD-tests, to see if they have been infected with or vaccinated for tuberculosis. The mother was very brave and didn't say a word when the nurse put the thin needle under her skin. Anas cried a little when it was his turn, but was soon comforted by his mother.

After waiting a while in the echo department Anas was taken in for examination. I was afraid Anas would cry during the whole procedure, but thankfully there was a TV-screen in the room. As soon as the cartoon was turned on Anas' eyes were glued to the screen and he was perfectly calm. The doctor made a very thorough echocardiogram, to make sure the surgeon will be able to see what needs to be done in Anas’ heart. We were told that he does need an operation, but he would not be admitted today.

A chest x-ray was also done and then some more blood tests before we could finally turn homeward. It had been a long day and Anas slept all the way back in the van, together with most of today’s hospital crew. We thank God for a good day although it was long. Please pray with us for this precious boy and his journey towards a healed heart!

Arriving Imminently

Posted on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:55 by Sarah Powell

Anas is a five-year-old little boy from Kurdistan in northern Iraq, who was born with a heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). This means that his heart actually has four different defects, the combination of which have allowed him to live this long, whereas he would not have otherwise. However, these defects reduce his quality of life greatly, due to a reduced supply of oxygen throughout his body, and cause symptoms such as blue skin tone, clubbing of fingers and toes, and shortness of breath from only minimal activity. TOF is a condition that can only be corrected by surgery, so we are looking forward to seeing Anas and his mother join us in Jerusalem in the near future!