Arazoo 's Heart Surgery


Extubated, Looking Beautiful And Healthy

Posted on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

I walked into the ICU this afternoon right after they exbtubated Arazoo. Our eyes met and she followed my movement as I approached her bed. Because of her oxygen mask I was barely able to hear the word "water." I got her a small cup and put it to her mouth so she could drink it slowly. She quickly corrected me: "I want to drink it all now and fast." As soon as she finished that cup, she asked for another, but after that, the doctors told us she needed to slow it down.

She looks beautiful and healthy. And, much to my surprise, she was very talkative. She talked to me for 15 minutes straight while I sat next to her bed. She also wanted to know where everyone else was. She first asked for Hank and then a few minutes later she wanted to know where Justina was. I assured her that yesterday, while she was sleeping, they visited and that they would visit again soon.

I met Arazoo's mother in the hallway and she couldn't stop crying. She is so relieved and has so much joy now that Arazoo's surgery is over.

Please continue to pray for this family. Pray for Arazoo to continue to recover without discomfort and that her mother will be without fear.

Friends and Faith Help On Surgery Day

Posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 00:00 by Justina
Arazoo recovering in the ICU tonight following her open-heart surgery

Rachel (a new friend of Shevet) and I just walked in the door of the hospital as Arazoo was being wheeled to the surgery theater this morning. She was stretched out on her bed with cell phone in hand talking to her family in Kurdistan. We could tell she was nervous but was putting on a brave face. We walked with her mom along the bed as it was wheeled into the surgery area of the hospital.

Arazoo's mom was okay until her daughter disappeared from sight and then she started sobbing. By the time we reached the main floor of the hospital she was crying loudly and saying something in Kurdish over and over. We went outside and found a nice place in the sun to sit; I took her by the hands and told her that Mr. Dirk, Manuela, Esther, Jonathan and all the people at Shevet were praying for Arazoo; encouraged by this news she calmed down a little. Then I said, "Let's sing to Yesua because He lives in the songs of the people who love Him. He'll help your mind and your heart to rest." She immediately began to sing one of the Arabic praise songs that the moms learned in Jordan and Rachel and I joined in. We sang the song again and again until the tears stopped and the peace that passes all understanding surrounded us.

We had a long afternoon of anxious waiting but the Lord was faithful to hold this mom's heart together and give her peace. At 2:00 PM another friend arrived at the hospital to offer love and encouragement to Arazoo's mom. A few moments later we received the news that the surgery was over and everything went well. This time, tears of gratitude poured down her face as she loudly proclaimed her thanks to God, to Shevet and everyone in Israel for helping her daughter. We left the hospital at 4:00 PM with both Arazoo and her mom resting quietly.

Surgery Scheduled For Sunday

Posted on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson


It was a difficult day for Arazoo and mom to say the least. We woke up early this morning to make our way to Tel Aviv so Arazoo could be admitted to the hospital for surgery tomorrow. As we made our way into Tel Aviv we got the call that Arazoo's surgery would be postponed until Sunday. We continued on to the hospital in order to take care of other things, but once we arrived Arazoo's mother was beside herself. She told me numerous times that she wants to forget the surgery and head back to Iraq. Unfortunately, Arazoo's mother's frustration has a negative emotional effect on Arazoo.

Please pray that her surgery will take place on Sunday. Pray also that Arazoo and her mother will know God's love and comfort in the midst of this frustrating time.

Arazoo Visits Hospital for Orthopedic Consult

Posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 06:41 by Dorothy_Finlay
Today was long for Arazoo and her mother as they spent most of it Wolfson hospital. She visited little Azhin (pictured above), but Arazoo's main focus was an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for an opinion on her marked scoliosis of the spine. After 3 -4 hours waiting she was seen and examined as requested by cardiologist Dr. Tamir prior to scheduling Arazoo for heart surgery. The good news is that this spinal problem will not prevent her having the heart surgery she so badly needs.

Arazoo is very spiritually sensitive and loves to talk about God and Yeshua and always wants to go to worship with us. Pray for this young lady who is often in pain from her back problem as she faces her surgery in the near future. May her trust be in the Lord and may she come to know Him.


Arazoo Comes Through Her Catheterization

Posted on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 00:00 by Justina
Arazoo and Fanya both had an uneventful heart catheterization today. Please continue to pray for wisdom to be given to the doctors and surgeons as they strategize on how to proceed. Intercession for the spiritual hearts of these young ladies is also vital. Both girls were deeply impacted by the love and kindness shown them while staying with Dirk and Manuela in Jordan. I often hear them singing praise choruses in Arabic and they have asked me several times to be taken to worship meetings.

Arazoo Admitted for Heart Catheterization

Posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 00:00 by Justina
Arazoo and Fanya were admitted to Wolfson Hospital today for heart catheterization on Wednesday. This will help the doctors better understand the anatomy of their hearts before surgery. The procedure was uneventful as the girls were registered, assigned rooms and got settled in. After the initial hospital jitters wore off, the girls struck out to explore the hospital and grounds.

Please continue to pray for them as they progress toward having heart surgery.

Thumbs Up

Posted on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 06:41 by Justina

We were off early this morning to Wolfson for pre-admission testing and a final echocardiogram for four of the new arrivals. The hospital staff was ready and waiting when we arrived and got down to business immediately.



Arazoo was the first to go thru the battery of tests and drawing of blood samples. She did beautifully, giving a thumbs-up to express her gratitude in being here and her confidence in a healthier future.



Her echocardiogram confirmed multiple heart defects which are all treatable. The team of doctors and surgeons will assess her case and make a decision later concerning her operation.

Arazoo Arrives In Israel

Posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Arazoo arrived in Israel today, two days after her 17th birthday. This lovely young lady, accompanied by her Mum, is going for her assessment at Wolfson Medical Center tomorrow with the expectation that the surgeons will be able to help her, although she is older than most children.

We had cake and potato crisps to celebrate her birthday this evening, with singing and hot tea.

Join us in praying the blessing of the Lord over her and much wisdom for the surgeons as they deliberate the next step for her.