Aryan's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Doctors Are Considering Phase Two of Aryan's Treatment

Posted on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 22:08 by Liliya Semenyuk

Though Aryan's spunk and joyful personality has returned, he still has not been released from the hospital as anticipated. After an echo today, which witnessed Aryan's quiet tears, doctors stated that they will soon meet to discuss a second surgery within the month, rather than waiting another six months, in which scenario he would travel home to Iraq and then return to Israel.

At the news, the mother burst into tears, pleading with me to tell the doctors to release them to go home for six months. The decision is up to the doctors, not us, so please pray for the doctors' wisdom and for encouragement for this precious child and his mother, as well as the family back home.

Aryan to Return to Jerusalem Soon

Posted on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:24 by Brian Mace

It was lovely to meet Aryan and his mum again on our Friday visit to Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv, and to learn that his progress has been so good that he may well be able to return to Shevet House on Sunday.

Aryan Released from ICU for the Second Time

Posted on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:03 by Stephanie Ventura

Aryan has been moved back into the children

Aryan's Condition Worsens

Posted on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 22:29 by Stephanie Ventura

The latest on Aryan is that his condition has worsened.

Dr. Houri explained today that Aryan has Chylothorax, a type of pleural effusion where an excess of fatty fluid (also known as lymphatic fluid) is being produced in his body. This is problematic because it includes edema (swelling caused by the fluid in the body's tissues), as well as high levels of triglycerides, which poses a risk of fat hardening and causing the arteries to narrow.

While this is a common post-surgical complication in pediatric patients, it is more difficult for Aryan because his condition is already fragile.

Dr. Houri stated that he will be treated with an increase of medication and IV nutrition

Praying, Hoping, Waiting...

Posted on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:16 by Kristina Kayser

Aryan showed marked signs of improvement today. Even though he was confined to his bed at Wolfson, his countenance was peaceful and his body at rest. The agitation and struggle I had seen previously was gone. With the pink hue returned to his plump cheeks, along with golden locks, Aryan could easily be mistaken for a fairy child. One look at his smile told me he was feeling better.

Because Aryan's mother has now been many days at Wolfson, she jokingly remarked in Kurdish, "Welcome to my home!" We laughed together for several minutes, and I marveled at her fresh outlook. She went on to invite our group of volunteers, Kurdish moms and children to sit down for a cup of sweet hot tea. Hospitality graces her like a fine piece of jewelry. If anything, Aryan's mom has accepted the fact that she and her son are where they need to be and has done so with grace.

Dr. Alona relayed to me, in passing, that Aryan is doing much better and that it was the right decision to bring him back. The pleural effusion (PE: fluid around his lungs) is extensive enough to need the chest tube for at least two more days. Meanwhile, Aryan also still requires IV therapy to replenish essential fluids and plasma lost. He is eating and drinking well, but his body is trying to catch up with the effects of dehydration.

Before leaving the hospital, I witnessed a beautiful moment between Aryan and our Chinese volunteer, Sophie. Standing at a distance, I watched her stroke his hair and sing to him softly in Chinese. Her gentle touch and words of comfort lulled him to sleep. When I asked her later what she was singing, she told me they were songs her mother had taught her about Jesus. She felt he had been afraid and needed peace. No one could deny that his sleep was sweet this afternoon. 

Although Aryan and his mother are biding their time in hospital, I believe God is at work in every way, making something beautiful that cannot meet the eye. And so I pray, and hope, and wait...

Aryan Readmitted to the Hospital for Dehydration

Posted on Sun, 01/08/2012 - 21:34 by Kristina Kayser

I am often surprised at the speed of recovery for many children after open heart surgery. Their bodies rebound at an accelerated rate, adjusting to major alterations with greater ease than adults. The flip side of this, however, is that when a complication arises, their bodies also tend to deteriorate at the same rate. When Aryan was released to return home last Thursday, he was already very congested, needing four ventilation treatments daily. His lethargy and lack of appetite were also concerning. Over the next twenty-four hours, I watched Aryan continue in a state of discomfort with no signs of improvement. The only time his little body seemed to be at rest was when he was sleeping or receiving medicated vapor from the nebulizer. I could literally feel his chest rattle when I laid my hand on him

Aryan Released from the Hospital

Posted on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 18:24 by Mari-Louise de Vries

Today is marked as a wonderful day for Aryan, his mom and everyone else who is involved with Shevet Achim, because Aryan came home! This morning Kristina and I went to pick up Aryan and his mother from the hospital. As we entered the children

Aryan is Smiling Again

Posted on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 17:53 by Mari-Louise de Vries

Today we went to visit little Aryan in the hospital again; and what a bundle of joy he is! At first he was a bit shy in front of all these faces that came to visit him, yet as our visit continued he grew more and more comfortable. As we left, his big brown eyes were shining with delight and his cheeks bursting with a smile. It was so adorable to see him so happy. Also his mother was smiling and chatting happily with Kristina.

Aryan is still in the children

Aryan Wide Awake & Released From ICU

Posted on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 22:24 by Stephanie Ventura

Praise God for the news that this day brings: Aryan has been removed from ICU and now rests in the children

Aryan's Color Is Improving

Posted on Mon, 12/26/2011 - 20:40 by Donna_West

Aryan remains in ICU. He was sleeping very peacefully while I was there today. The breathing tube was removed yesterday and his eyelids are no longer taped shut. You can see that the removal of the tape has pulled some of the skin from his eyelids. The big white gauze patch resting on his chest is evidence there is still a portion of his chest that is open. The medical staff says the opening is very small now. His mother still moves as though there is a weight on her shoulders - very slow and deliberate as though she is wandering and not knowing what to do next. 

This little boy who was once so blue has beautiful color now, but is by no means beyond the need for prayer. Lily took an opportunity to comfort and pray for Aryan's mother. Will you join us?