Awezhan's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Long First Assessment Day

Posted on Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:49 by Rebekah Yang

This morning I had the privilege of bringing our newly arrived young girl, Awezhan and her mum to Wolfson hospital for her first assessments. We arrived early in the morning before 8:30am and right away the doctor and all the medical staff began to work on Awezhan's case.

First Awezhan had some test done: blood pressure, oxygen level, EKG, blood tests, body temperature, and body weight. Right after, Dr. Ahmed from the ward began to do some more physical examinations on her.
As part of Awezhan's history, we learned that her parents are first degree cousins, and at age 6 she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. Marfan Syndrome affects the body's connective tissue, which is directly related to growth and development. It commonly affects development of the heart (among other things). It does not affect intelligence. We also learned that even though Marfan Syndrome is rare, Awezhan's two sisters also have it. Awezhan's case will be a significant study for Wolfson's cardiologists, as well as their students and interns. Dr. Alona and the echo technician took their time carefully examining Awezhan's heart during the echocardiogram. 
Later on, we spent almost two and a half hours waiting for Awezhan to have her eyes tested as well. At the eye clinic, the ophthalmologist checked both her eyes throughly through various machines. The doctor is now referring Awezhan to a specialist for further eye exams. 
After finishing all sorts of tests, Awezhan then had her chest x-ray done and then returned to the ward. Because of the severity of her heart defect, the ward also arranged a CT scan for this coming Sunday.
Please join me in praying for Awezhan and her mum! We pray that they will adjust to life at our Jaffa center while waiting for all the different examinations Awezhan needs. We also want to pray for the medical staff to have wisdom as they plan her course of treatment. Thanks so much for your support in prayer.