Ayman's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Ayman Admitted for Catheterization

Posted on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 06:04 by Ruth Zellweger

On the first day of his arrival in Jerusalem, I could tell that Ayman was special. This little boy is so sweet that he can make your heart melt when he blows kisses at you!! And yesterday, I had the chance to spend a little time with Ayman and his mother. Our destination for a walk in the afternoon was Mc Donalds, where each of us had some ice cream. Ayman and his mom enjoyed our time there very much. 

Later that afternoon we received a phone call from Donna at the Sheba Medical Center, who told us the great news that Ayman could come in early tomorrow for his admission for catheterization. His mom was very happy about this news. An hour later I received another phone call from Donna, telling us that we should come that night for Ayman

Ayman's First Day at the Hospital

Posted on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 20:58 by Ryan Gregg

Ayman had his first visit to Sheba Hospital today. The purpose was to conduct preliminary tests. I was not at the hospital, but just hung up the phone with Jesse, who was at the hospital, and is staying the night there with Essa and his mother. He told me about the day

A Braveheart at Age Four

Posted on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 23:06 by Jonathan Miles

Ayman and his mother reached Prophets Street tonight. This little four-year-old proved a brave and resilient traveler, and made hardly a peep aside from a few whimpers the first time he was strapped into a car seat. After several hours of travel he even started smiling at his driver.

Ayman seems stable, but his deeply blue fingers tell the story of a body deprived of oxygen by his heart defects. Tomorrow he'll have his first examinations at the Sheba Medical Center, where we hope he'll continue with catheterization and surgery to give him a normal heart later this week.

Ayman Coming in September

Posted on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 14:18 by Jonathan Miles

Four-year-old Ayman has the combination of heart defects known as Tetralogy of Fallot (see link at right). With surgery he can have a normal heart that will allow him to grow into a healthy future. 

We have applied for his visa to Israel, and hope to receive him and his mother in early September.