Awyar's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Awyar Returns to Rest

Posted on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:09 by Jesse Tilman

"Mark the perfect man, and see the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace." Psalm 37:37

Awyar was one of four children that flew home this Sunday. As he was with us over a month we will miss him. 

Awyar had the condition of d-TGA and he had two surgeries. Both went well but then afterwards he had a blood clot. This also required a small operation and thankfully he came through it well. Lord willing there will be no need for any further surgeries in the years ahead. 
His dad is usually quiet, but at the farewell party he came up with a long message of gratitude to everybody in English! It was amazing to hear him slowly and precisely enunciate each word.  It was good to get to know him and his dad. They are a special and much loved duo. 
I remember times of shared joy with them.  Whether over simple things like a meal or walking along the road with a hand over a shoulder. Awyar is a mostly content baby and not often loud. His father watched over him faithfully during their stay here. 

"Finally, brothers, rejoice! Be perfected. Be comforted. Be of the same mind. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you." 2 Corinthians 13:11

Good News

Posted on Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:44 by Co-authored
Awyar's second echo appointment was today. We travelled to the hospital together with Awyar and his dad, all feeling hopeful for good news. Awyar was seen quickly by the medical team. The doctor reviewed the tests and explained that the surgery and recovery has been successful, and so Awyar can be discharged and doesn't need medication. 
His recovery can be reviewed in Kurdistan. Dad was very happy and relieved. We explained the news to him via a translator, who also translated dad's gratitude to us for helping him and Awyar during this time in Israel.
We have really enjoyed having Awyar and his dad with us in Israel, and we pray God's blessing over him and his family. 
Written by: Georgia Willcocks and Martha Kowal

Recovering Well

Posted on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 04:44 by Georgia Willcocks

Little Awyar was such a good boy during his echo and ECG appointments. He also needed a blood test, which is the only time he cried. The doctors were kind and really happy to say that he is making a perfect recovery, and they are hopeful that Awyar will not need further surgery when he is older.

This is such good news to hear, for us and for Awyar's dad. 

Left the ICU

Posted on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 19:37 by Robyn Stuart

Today when Jesse and I arrived in secondary ICU to visit the children, we were pleasantly surprised to find Awyar and his dad in this unit. Dad was so happy to see us and glad that they had progressed from ICU. Awyar looked very well and had a beautiful complexion. I stayed with little Awyar while Jesse took Awyar's father for a walk outside for a change of scenery. During this time Awyar fell calmly asleep, reinforcing that he is now recovering well to the delight of hospital staff and our Shevet community. Our chat with the doctor revealed that they will run a liver enzyme test later today. If the results are good there is a chance he may be discharged in the coming days. Please continue to cover this precious boy in prayer as we wait for  news that he can return the the house. 

To Be Extubated Soon

Posted on Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:14 by Jesse Tilman

After his blood clot surgery, Awyar is coming out of the woods, meaning he's cleared by the doctors. He went in quickly and the small surgery was done.

The waking up process has continued until today though. His eyes are open now, but he's basically still sleeping. The sedation will wear off gradually and this evening he should be conscious.

We spent some quality time with his father and shared some God stories outside on the grass where he could smoke.

Thank you Lord for the day!

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Posted on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:02 by Rodney Stuart
1 step back.
'Something's not right' was the message we received today from the medical staff concerning little Awyar. 'We want to check it out before it before it becomes an emergency'. So little Awyar was heading back for his fourth operation!
After a few hours of pacing in front of the door that separates the general ICU area from the theatre, Awyar's Dad squatted down to rest his legs and make another call to Kurdistan. In the waiting room I prayed for divine inspiration and skill for the medical staff. In time the surgeon came out and headed straight toward us. "All good!" he said. "It was a blood clot causing pressure. We removed it. We also checked everything else while we were inside. All the work we've done, and the heart itself, is going as well as we can hope for at the moment.
Let's see how he recovers overnight but we expect not to have to do any more work." After translation Awyar's Dad's spirits lifted again. Then some more phone calls and tea with one of the other Shevet Dad's and he was on his way to a better night's sleep.
2 steps forward.

Continued Recovery

Posted on Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:16 by Sophie Harvie

It was great to check in with Awyar and his father thus afternoon at Shevet. The medical team have reported they are very pleased with how he was was overnight and are planning on extubating him this evening once the analgesic medication has worn off. 

Awyar's father and Suhail shared lunch together and were able to spend some nice time getting to know each other. 

Second Surgery

Posted on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:24 by Sophie Harvie

Awyar went in for his second surgery this morning. It was a very different experience being with the dads today from being with the mums. Awyar and Preyer's fathers kindly took it upon themselves to prepare breakfast and tea for myself and Johanna during Awyer's surgery. We spent time together in the family kitchen on ICU eating cheesecake and pita breads!

Awyer's father is very gentle in his manner and he provided some kind words and reassurance to Taim's mother shortly after he was taken down to surgery. We were unable to speak with the doctors regarding Awyer's surgery today. However, at the point of leaving the hospital he was stable and his sats and blood pressure was good.

First Operation Completed

Posted on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 01:28 by Rodney Stuart

With his eyes fixed on the operating door, Awyar's Dad jumped up as soon as his son was wheeled out of the operating theatre. Following the medical team to Awyar's room, he was encouraged to wait patiently outside for a report. Some time passed before the surgeon was able to connect with me to deliver the news. By this time Awyar's Dad had gone for a smoke as the stress was getting too much! The operation had proceeded to plan. A shunt had been placed between the aorta and pulmonary ateria. Also, pulmonary arterial banding had been applied in an attempt to retrain the heart muscle. Unfortunately, Awyar's little body had lost some blood in the process leaving his oxygen saturation low. The doctor advised that his blood pressure must increase first and then higher oxygen saturation will follow. The next 24 hours would prove if the heart can achieve this and retrain itself. If all goes well Awyar's second operation may occur in a week's time. Let's pray that Awyar's heart responds to the new work and retrains itself accordingly. 

Still Waiting

Posted on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 23:49 by Rodney Stuart

Even though little Awyar's tummy was very empty from pre-surgery fasting, he was sleeping peacefully when we arrived. His Dad however would have loved some of his son's sleeping ability. Telling us that he needed matchsticks to keep his tired eyes open from monitoring his son, we decided right then he needed a circuit-breaker. Maxine stayed with Awyar while his Dad and I went for a walk and some fresh air outside. With spirits lifted after visiting the hospital grocery shop, taking a few photos and a little relaxing on a bench he went back to resume his duty at his son's bedside.

The Sheba surgeon soon arrived. With the help of Havi's Dad translation, the surgeon was able to explain the coming procedures extensively. Unfortunately, anesthetists were in great demand today so surgery will still have to wait a little longer until one becomes available. Let's pray that Awyar and his Dad will rest well until surgery.