Aryan's Heart Surgery

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Aryan's Chest Is Still Open In ICU

Posted on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 18:23 by Donna_West

Aryan lays in the ICU, his chest still open underneath a green surgical cloth, ready for immediate intervention if needed. The nurse said his body was moving, trying to wake up, but it is not time for this yet. He receives around-the-clock monitoring and attention, and Dr. Tamir states that Aryan

Two Surgeries Within 7.5 Hours!

Posted on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 23:24 by Liliya Semenyuk

It's one thing to read archived blogs of children who have already undergone open heart surgery. From the moment I load the page, I know the outcome of that child

Aryan Admitted for Heart Surgery

Posted on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 23:32 by Liliya Semenyuk

The long-awaited day has finally arrived: Aryan was admitted to the hospital today for a surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning. Praise God! His mother was overflowing with emotions yesterday and this morning. I can only imagine the mixture of relief, joy, fear, and uncertainty that overwhelmed her, spilling out as tears from a wellspring. We surrounded her in the courtyard to encourage her, comfort her, and say goodbye, as fellow volunteer Stephanie prayed for the mother and child in Kurdish.

It was a long drive to Tel Aviv, but Aryan handled it pretty well, preoccupied with various things we found in the car and our purses. By nature, Aryan is a joyful child, and it doesn't take much to entertain him. When he flashes me his little blue smile of excitement, it just melts my heart.

To our surprise, on the way to the hospital, we had an hour-long detour to the Mediterranean Sea! Aryan's face filled with absolute delight, as he pointed and said, "ow! ow!" (Kurdish for "water! water!"). He could hardly keep still long enough for us to snap a picture of the pure joy on his face.

We went down to the water, enjoying the view and the beautiful day, then settled into the shade to relax. It was adorable to see Aryan look at his mother and snuggle, hugging her tight and laugh. Interestingly enough, Aryan often grunts (because he can't talk yet) and points to heaven. It's like he is reassuring his mother that everything's going to be alright, that God has everything under control.

In the hospital cafeteria, his mother brightened up with cheer to see the other mothers and children who had echoes today. Then immediately after lunch, Aryan was admitted. He suddenly leaned in really close to his mother, all hints of happiness gone from his eyes. Then the tears and cries began, lasting the duration of undressing him, measuring oxygen levels, taking his blood pressure, and getting an ECG reading. A clown hardly succeeded in distracting him with bubbles, causing Aryan to be uncertain of which expression to choose

An Overnight Hospital Stay for Dehydration

Posted on Sun, 12/11/2011 - 10:49 by Liliya Semenyuk

Considering that Aryan was suffering from a second cold this month, together with the fact that babies in his condition run a high risk of becoming dehydrated quickly, Aryan was admitted into the hospital on Thursday, December 8th, for symptoms of diarrhea, a runny nose, and oxygen levels at 52%. After being diagnosed with dehydration, he was treated only with IV fluids to return his condition to stable.

A day later, on December 9th, Aryan was discharged with instructions only for taking iron supplements. Upon discharge, he had a slightly more robust, pink complexion than usual, which unfortunately faded back to the previous bluish-purple tint of his fingers and lips. Nonetheless, he is a child capable of melting anyone

Aryan's Treatment Begins

Posted on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 23:50 by Stephanie Ventura

This morning Aryan and his mother left for Wolfson hospital in Tel Aviv for his first echocardiogram (echo), blood work, an x-ray, and an electrocardiogram (ecg). These are  of evaluated before a child can be considered for a surgery date. Since Aryan is still so small and unable to keep in one position for very long, he was given a mild sedative to relax and fall asleep to help the doctors perform the exam.

Afterward he received his x-ray and was quickly transferred to the nurses

Aryan And His Mother Arrive In Jerusalem

Posted on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 14:35 by Stephanie Ventura

Today marks Aryan