Aram's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Mr. Famous

Posted on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 20:15 by Alexa Bigl

Aram and his mom headed with us to Tel Aviv today. We were invited to the Save A Child's Heart house for a CBS television interview alongside SACH. It was hard for Aram's mom to get prepared to go this morning as Aram has not been sleeping the last few nights due to a bad cough. 

Once we arrived to the house, we ate with the SACH children from Africa and Romania and played with them in their beautiful courtyard/outdoor area. Eventually, the camera crews were ready and Bilind and Aram played and smiled for the filming. 

After this was over, we headed to Wolfson hospital. The doctor checked Aram all over to see if there was anything we could do to help him feel better. Unfortunately, it looks like he has a virus, which means there are very limited treatment options. We are increasing his inhalation medications to 4x daily and we hope the very near future will see Aram feeling much better. His mom is very tired and concerned. Please pray with us for peace, rest, and that Aram can very soon feel well again.

Surgery Delayed

Posted on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 20:37 by Sue Ingersoll

Yesterday Aram was running a temperature, so his surgery has been canceled. His blood tests and X-rays were all good. So despite the tough news about the delay in surgery, it is encouraging Aram does not have an infection. We hope his surgery will be rescheduled for next week.

Aram is back with us in Jerusalem, and he looked good today. Please continue to pray for Aram, the timing of his surgery, and his healing.

Go Out with Joy

Posted on Sun, 11/13/2016 - 22:31 by Alejandra Becerra

Today we received an unexpected call letting us know that Aram would be receiving heart surgery tomorrow. So we put a team together and went with Aram and his mother to admit him at the hospital in Tel Aviv. Before heading out, we prayed and dedicated the whole trip to God. On the way to Tel Aviv, Aram's mother seemed to be full of hope and at peace knowing that her son was finally going to be treated.

We arrived at the hospital an hour later. Suhail met us there and was a huge help with Aram's admission. While we waited to be called in, I entertained Aram with a few little games.

I was so happy for them because they had been waiting for a long time for this moment. In the meantime, Aram's mother talked with the mother of Bilind, who had been there for a few days waiting for her son to be released from the hospital after his surgery. Our wait was more or less 30 minutes. Aram didn't seem to be nervous. The nurses took them in and we said goodbye. Now we wait and pray that his surgery tomorrow will be a great success. Little Aram is in God's hands. Amen.

Welcome Back, Sweet Aram

Posted on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 19:02 by Rebekah Yang

Today we had the exciting news that Aram was discharged from the hospital to come back to Jerusalem with us after staying a few days in the hospital. 

The doctors informed us that we should keep Aram warm and observe his body temperature frequently over the next few days.

Aram's open heart surgery will be postponed. However, if his condition continues to improve there is a possibility for surgery next Thursday.

Please pray with us for his continued healing and strength for the upcoming surgery. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for Aram's full health and healing as he and his mother continue to wait for his surgery. Amen.

Staying in Hospital

Posted on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 20:26 by Sue Ingersoll
When Suhail, Lewis, and I arrived at Wolfson hospital this morning, Aram and his mother met us in the hallway of the children's ward. She was grateful for formula and other supplies we brought.  Aram was a bit fussy, and she pointed to his ears, nose, and mouth. I'm sure she's concerned about his ear infection.  
After lunch, we watched Aram as he slept so that his mother felt comfortable leaving the room. Suhail and Lewis found a new phone charger for her.  She had left hers in Jerusalem.  When we left, she was smiling, talking on the phone and walking around. Aram? He was sleeping peacefully. Please keep them in your prayers for healing. 

Aram Admitted

Posted on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:42 by Alexa Bigl

After struggling with a fever the last couple of days, we brought Aram to Wolfson today. Our nurse Rebekah saw Aram's fever was very high this morning and quickly let us know we needed to bring him to the hospital. 

The nurses and doctors immediately helped perform tests and assessments to see why Aram's temperature was so high. After many tests, lots of crying, and going from one place to another in the hospital, it was determined Aram has a throat and ear infection. Aram was admitted into the children's ward to be monitored and treated with medications. He was started on a broad spectrum antibiotics, but more specific treatment will not be started until his blood test results return. 

We are hopeful Aram will begin feeling better very quickly. We already cannot wait to have him and his mother back with us at Shevet. Aram's mom is truly amazing. Through all of the examinations done today, she remained strong and calm. I admire her; Aram is a very lucky baby to have her as his mother. She is very smart and understood all that happened throughout today. May God continue to give her great strength and may he grant her and Aram rest tonight! It looks like Aram is on next week's potential surgery schedule. Of course, his fever and infection will need to be gone for this to remain the case. 

Thank you for praying alongside us for precious Aram!

Welcome to Israel, Aram!

Posted on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 21:29 by Sophie

Last night Ruth and I went to the airport to pick up our two new families from Iraqi Kurdistan. Pictured above is the one of them, Aram and his mother.

Early this morning we brought them to the hospital for Aram to have all kinds of initial assessments before his surgery! He was a very gentle and playful boy except the most painful experience was when they tried to draw blood multiple times - that made him very upset.

It was such a blessing to be with them. After just one day my heart was already engaged with him. 

May God bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Amen!