Ayman's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

First Time at the Beach

Posted on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 22:30 by Rebekah Yang

Today, we took Ayman and his father to Wolfson hospital because Ayman has had an eye infection for a couple days now. When we arrived at the children's ward, we saw Hemn's father come out with his cheerful smile to greet us.

I saw the doctor on duty and a few nurses, who were sitting and chatting together at the nursing station, so Cams and I decided to approach them and share how much we appreciated the time they had spent helping our precious daughter – Hiba. We were able to present a thank you card to them on behalf of the Shevet community. They were very grateful as well.

Afterwards, the doctor did the check for Ayman and prescribed eye drops for his left eye's infection.

While we were waiting to see whether or not Hemn would be discharged, Konrad made a special beach trip for Ayman and his father. It was such a blessed moment to see father and son enjoying themselves at the Tel Aviv beach.

An hour's time was sort of short for both father and son, but it was indeed so wonderful for us to observe Ayman's father beginning to smile and open himself up to share how much love he has for his whole family. He shared about how much he misses his wife and two beautiful daughters back home in Kurdistan. He even wrote a loving note to them in the beach sand.

Thank you, dear Father. May this first beach time become one of their sweet memories.

Ready, Set, Go!

Posted on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:12 by Judith Schmidt

Today, we went to the Wolfson Hospital with Ayman and his father for Ayman's first examinations to find out more about his medical condition. We started our journey with our car packed to the gills with wonderful people. Likewise, our hearts were packed with hope that God would have many good things in store for us, with the thoughts of the morning meeting still ringing in our ear about fixing our eyes on the Lord and his Word!

Ayman fell asleep soon after we left the Shevet base. Seeing him sleeping peacefully, breathing slowly, his father watching over him, I was sure this was going to be a good day.

We started our day at the hospital in the children's ward, waiting for Ayman's file and the stickers needed for the examinations.

After a little while, we had all we needed. The examinations started with an echocardiogram (echo). Ayman is a calm child. Most of the time, he was silent, observing his surroundings in the arms of his father. He was not amused at all, though, when Ruth gave him the sleeping drops to make the echo more comfortable for him. After complaining for a little while, he fell asleep again in the arms of his father.

The echo went smoothly, and after the echo, Dr. Elona explained to Ayman's father very clearly what Ayman's medical condition is and what intervention would be needed. She said that they could do a straight-forward operation and that she is expecting good results from it. Later, we went to have an X-ray, blood tests, and more examinations.

Ayman was doing really well during all the test, but he really disliked the blood test. He was crying a lot while the nurses tried their best to find a blood vessel. He cried so much that he immediately fell asleep when they had finished the test.

You could see the exhaustion in his and his father's face. After their late arrival yesterday at the Shevet base and a long day at the hospital, they deserved rest. As we were heading back to Jerusalem, both fell asleep again.


Posted on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 22:46 by Sarah Powell

Ayman and his father have arrived at our home in Jerusalem! They left their home before sunrise this morning, had a brief stop with Jonathan's family for lunch in Amman, and got to our home in Jerusalem after sunset. Tomorrow, Ayman will have his first exams in the hospital in Israel.

In Line

Posted on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 16:59 by Sarah Powell

Ayman is a two-month-old little boy from Kurdistan, northern Iraq. He was born with a defect know as Tetralogy of Fallot (or TOF). This actually means that he has four different heart defects, which all actually work together to allow him to live. If one of the four defects was missing, he would not be able to survive. However, if the defects can be corrected, he will be able to thrive, not only survive! We hope to have this little baby with us soon to undergo heart surgery.