Aram's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Aram Awake and Out of ICU

Posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

Our crew found Aram this afternoon already out of the ICU, awake, and enjoying his bottle, just two days afer his open-heart surgery. All this points to an excellent recovery, thank God. Look for more details on this page shortly.

Aram Peacefully Goes to Surgery

Posted on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

We woke up early to go to the hospital this morning in order to meet Aram and his mother for his surgery. After we arrived, we accompanied the two with the doctors down to the operating room. With tears on her face, Aram's mother remained strong next to her sleeping son.

About fifteen minutes before he was to go in for his operation, Aram woke up, and he was so peaceful. He just kept asking for food over and over again in the hopes that we could give him some, but the children are not allowed food from midnight onwards the morning before surgery. There was some very pleasant mother-son time playing with bubbles and puppets and just loving one another.

They then took him into the operating room. Surgery took about three and a half hours, and then he was brought to the ICU.

Surgery went very well from what the doctors told us. They said that it was a very cut and dry case and there are no complications that have arisen thus far.

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord that he got here less than three days ago and hes already had his heart restored. A video recap of this blessed day may be viewed by pressing the play arrow below:

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Aram Called in For Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 07:41 by Taylor_Wilmering

Today, Charles and I took Aram and Hiba to Wolfson Hospital for admittance (after Aram was unexpectedly called in for surgery during our morning staff meeting). Apparently, the doctors have determined that Aram's case is either so urgent or so easy that he will be having surgery tomorrow ahead of other children who are waiting.

It was a long, slow morning, but we managed to have some fun. At first, Aram was afraid of the clown statue in the fish room. (I must say, I agree - that statue is a little strange-looking.) Malika made both Hiba and Aram laugh when she stood in front of the statue, mimicked its pose, and made faces.

Eventually, Aram decided that the giant clown wasn't so scary after all, and seemed to enjoy feeling it and poking its face.

As anyone who has ever been in a hospital knows, admission involves a lot of "hurry up and wait!" Aram was restless and cranky, but we managed to avoid any major meltdowns. He watched cars go by outside the window, waving and calling out, "Bye-bye, sierra!" ("Goodbye, car!" in Kurdish).

Much to his mother's relief, Aram fell asleep fairly quickly, and slept for quite a while. He woke up just long enough to take his medicine and cry at the taste, but soon forgot the minor trauma and fell asleep again.

The blood draw and insertion of an IV port and line was more of a difficult ordeal for him. It took three tries for the nurse to find his vein, and his struggle to escape didn't make things any easier for her. His tears also scared Hiba, but I reassured her that he was fine.

With the needed amount of blood collected and the IV line placed (and secured to keep his curious fingers from pulling it out), the needles disappeared and the nurses left. After a bottle and some snuggles from Mommy, everything was good again for Aram.

When Charles and I left to head back to the Shevet center, Hiba and Aram were kneeling on the bed to look out the window, watching the cars again. Aram's mother is understandably nervous about his operation tomorrow, but both mother and child should be fine!

A Scary First Day at the Hospital

Posted on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

This morning was Arams first visit to the hospital. He was petrified from the moment that he entered the hospital and they began to check his blood pressure.

He screamed and screamed and screamed. The nurses fought through it and finished the check-in process except for the ECG and checking his blood pressure. They decided to wait until he was asleep in order to do those two.

We then went to go get the x-rays done which he hollered throughout, and then also to the lunchroom, where he was thankfully composed. At lunch, Arina made funny faces at Aram at the lunch table, which was fun to watch. We finished up by going to get his echo done.

It was here that his true personality began to come around. Aram is two years old and very curious about how things move. You can tell that he just started walking recently and is intent on learning how things move when they are pushed, pulled, and thrown. He is also unafraid to walk into any open door, which is quite hysterical.
About this time, the medication that the nurses gave him to go to sleep kicked in, and he was able to receive his echo.

When we were done with the echo, we returned to the nursing station where the nurses finished the ECG and checking his blood pressure.

He ended up sleeping all of the way home. Please pray for this new child. He is quite scared and out of his general environment. The Lord be with his spirit.

New Hope as Aram Reaches Israel

Posted on Sun, 05/23/2010 - 01:00 by Jonathan Miles

Tonight as I drove up the Jordan Valley with 18-month-old Aram and his mother I looked across and saw the sky ablaze with red, pink and orange as the sun set over Israel on Shavuot/Pentecost. At the border crossing terminal Aram was full of smiles, calling out to the immigration officials and even bursting through the door into their office at one point. As he enters Israel on the heels of this holy day, may God's spirit indeed fill him with new life and power.