Aryan 's Heart Surgery


Visiting Aryan in Iraq

Posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 01:00 by Dirk_Kleinloh


On our recent trip to Iraq, we reunited with Aryan in Delir's house in Dohuk. Aryan and her parents had driven all the way from a small village near the Turkish border to meet us. Aryan is doing well and she looks healthy; however, she may need a follow up procedure in the future.

We remembered how blue she was when she first came to Jordan for the screening. She was considered an emergency and was transferred to Israel with the first group of patients. She came just in time for her little life to be saved!

It was very nice to see the father lovingly interact with his daugther.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your grace towards this family.


Aryan Leaves Israel

Posted on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Last night around 10:30 p.m., tears of joy were shed as the mothers of Aryan, Sarbast and Cheya were informed that today they would be on their way home to Iraq. Prayer has gone before the throne of God for this to happen. There is thanks to the Lord for this prayer answered.

Before traveling today, we all gathered together to pray and give thanks to the Lord for all He's done, and to pray for traveling mercies on them. Alex and I then began the long awaited journey to the border. As we traveled to the border, almost everyone in the van fell asleep, except for Alex of course. At the first checkpoint, they waved us through without a long wait, thank goodness! When we arrived at the border there seemed from the mothers to be nervousness as well as excitement. They were probably too excited to really express it. Because Alex and I were close to missing our bus back to Israel, we had to say our goodbyes quickly. I'm glad that they are able to go home to their families. Through the goodness and grace of God, Aryan, Cheya and Sarbast may now have a full, healthy life.

Last Checkup

Posted on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 01:00 by Gigi

Aryan came from Jerusalem to the hospital for her last checkup. She had an echocardiogram, and her eyes were also checked--she has a bruise under her left eye, probably from taking a fall typical of the toddler stage!

Aryan and her mother are tucked in bed now at the Jerusalem house, dreaming of traveling home tomorrow if their transit visa comes through.

Waiting for Return Visa in Jerusalem

Posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 01:00 by Donna_Petrel

It was a little step on the journey, but at last today Arya left the Save A Child's Heart house and came to stay with us in Jerusalem. We are not sure how long they will be with us as we work on the newly required visa to re-enter Jordan on their way home to Iraq. This new law has made it difficult for patients dismissed right after its implementation, because of the lengthy administrative process to get the visa they need. We need your prayers as we begin assisting the patients by helping them get these visas. God can make holy connections which can make rough places smooth, and this is what we need. Please pray for grace for us and favor with the authorities who can help us. Meanwhile Arya and her mom have joined the mothers and children here waiting their turns for surgery, as she waits her turn to go home.

A Minor Fever

Posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 01:00 by Andrew_Peck

Aryan has a minor fever that is preventing her from being released from the hospital.

During our visit, she cried a little but was very quiet overall.

Aryan's mother seems to be doing much better, but still needs rest.

The Will To Push Through

Posted on Sun, 04/27/2008 - 01:00 by Elly_Miles

Aryan was moved from ICU to intermediate ICU on Sunday night. She extubated on Saturday, and Sunday was her first day awake. Aryan's mother has been having a hard time sleeping though. She found that whenever she went to sleep, some sort of accident happened with Aryan. She recounted that on one incident she awoke to find that Aryan had been bleeding somewhere out of her hand, and because her hand was under her blanket while she slept, the nurses hadn't noticed. As a result, Aryan's mom hasn't been getting nearly enough sleep. I strongly encouraged her on several occassions to get enough sleep so that she could think clearly and be of the greatest help to her daughter.

Aryan wouldn't smile the entire time I was there. Since she had just recently come out of sedation this was normal, but I think her mother is still somewhat shocked by the calmness of her daughter. Aryan is typically a very strong-willed girl and this is evident in many ways! Even while in sedation the nurses were shocked that she started moving and trying to wake up. She really has a will to push through. Please pray for rejuvenation for both Aryan and her mother right now.

Reassurance for Aryan's Mother

Posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 01:00 by Elly_Miles

This morning I had the chance to see Aryan and her mother in the ICU. Aryan's mom looked absolutely exhausted, and after inquiring, I discovered that she hadn't slept the night before. She had stayed at her daughter's bedside, afraid that Aryan would start going downhill or die when she was gone! She told me that the whole ordeal was quite a fright for her, and her current worry was over raspiness in Aryan's breathing.

I asked a nurse about the strangeness of sound in Aryan's breathing and she replied that it was simply because of the absence of the intubation tube that Aryan had been hooked up to until today. Aryan's oxygen level also kept on dropping and then restabilizing while we were there; the nurse also reassured us that this was a normal recovery process and that hopefully within the next day or two Aryan's body would be stronger and more stable.

Aryan Came Through Surgery Well

Posted on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 01:00 by Andrew_Peck

Aryan underwent surgery today. The doctors told us that everything went as planned, and her oxygen levels are at 100%. They hope to extubate her tomorrow.

Aryan's mother was very emotional during our visit. Although she was very happy that her daughter came through surgery well, she was very anxious over the sight of all the tubes that were still attached to Aryan.

Aryan Arrives in Israel

Posted on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 00:00 by Jean_Calvani

Aryan, Nahro, Sarbast, and Ghaith finally got the word that theyd be traveling to Israel on Monday. They along with 10 other children have been waiting in Amman for visa approvals and funds for their surgeries. Since the screening in early March, every day has been filled with the hope that it would soon be their turn to travel. The other families were encouraged that these four were finally traveling, yet disappointed that theyd have to wait a little while longer. Pray that they would stay encouraged, and trust God with the timing of their travel.

Before packing up and heading for the border, all the families enjoyed a beautiful day at the park. The children and their mothers had been looking forward to this outing for almost a week, and really enjoyed their time relaxing under the pine trees.

After eating lunch the time came for Nahro, Sarbast, Ghaith, Aryan, and their mothers to say good-bye to the other families. Many of the mothers and even some of the children teared up as they sent them on their way with the hope of joining them soon in Israel.

Since we got an unexpected late start, we didnt arrive at the border until it was almost eight. While Dirk was inside the terminal waiting for their paperwork to be processed, I took the families outside to enjoy the pleasantly warm evening. I enjoyed these last few moments with them as we spoke of the time theyll spend in Israel and what lay ahead in the coming weeks and months. The kids also took advantage of the time to run around and stretch their little legs. After about an hour of patiently waiting, the families loaded the bus and headed for Israel.

It was a joy and an encouragement to see these precious little ones on their way. Pray that the Lord will continue to give them grace, strength, and endurance for the road ahead as we look forward to seeing His healing touch in their lives.