Anas's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Ready to Welcome Anas

Posted on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 21:57 by Kelsey Cannon

In a small eastern region in northern Iraq, which is quickly becoming home to an increasing number of Syrian-Kurdish refugees, lives nine-month-old Anas. The youngest of three children, Anas probably gets more attention than your average baby of the family normally would. The reason? He was born with the most common cyanotic (causing blue or purplish coloration of the skin) heart defect - Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). As the nomenclature would suggest, TOF includes four abnormalities of the heart, all working together to ensure that a body is constantly in a dangerous state of oxygen deprivation. Left untreated, this condition can and most likely will lead to heart failure. Indeed, the statistics for those who do not have this condition surgically corrected are sobering. About 75% of people survive their first year of life with TOF, with that number dropping to 60%, then 30%, and then 5% by the ages of four, ten and forty years, respectively. 

However, let us rejoice that Anas’ invaluable life will not just become another one of these statistics. He is scheduled to arrive in Israel at weeks end to receive surgical treatment that is not as of now readily available in his home country.