Azhin's Heart Surgery


Our Little Curly Top

Posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 00:00 by Justina

We often refer to Azhin as Shirley Temple; partly because of her mop of curls but also because she is quite the entertainer around here. She is always up to some mischief that brings a smile to everyone's face.

I was happy today to see that our little curly top had been moved from ICU to an intermediate care ward and was doing much better than two days ago. She was lying in bed with a lollipop in one hand, her thumb in her mouth, and those beautiful soft curls framing her face. It was a real Kodak moment; one that just couldn't be missed. But as soon as Azhin saw my camera aimed at her she covered her face and protested that she didn't want her picture taken in the hospital. I guess she was worried about not looking her best; just like a movie star isn't it?

The nurses in the intermediate care ward say that Azhin is doing well and expect her to be moved to the children's ward in a day of two. Pray for our little curly top's speedy recover and that she would grow up to be a woman whose beauty flows from a love relationship with the Lord.


Painful Healing Process for Azhin

Posted on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 00:00 by Justina

Azhin's mother was waiting for me to arrive today and accompany her to the ICU to see Azhin. We had not even come to the double-door entrance of the ICU when Um Azhin became upset and said, "Azhin, I hear Azhin crying!" She hurried on to press the buzzer so we could be admitted and rushed inside. We found Azhin awake and crying out in pain; proof that a mother's ears are keenly attuned to their child's voice. The ward nurse assured Um Azhin that her daughter was doing well and gave the child medicine to help her sleep. The doctors confirmed that her surgery was very successful and they expect a speedy recovery. Your continued prayers for Azhin's healing and for her family are still appreciated.

Azhin Comes Through Surgery Beautifully

Posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay
Azhin went for her surgery early this morning and by 1 pm when I was able to visit, she had been returned to the intensive care at Wolfson. Although Azhin was attached to tubes and monitors, her mother was overawed at how well she looked. This little girl with her beautiful golden curls is expected to be extubated in the morning and if all goes well will be out of ICU. What a great God we serve, who touches the lives of these little ones and their parents through His love and care. Pray for a complete recovery, and may the Lord minister His life into both their hearts.

Azhin to Surgery in the Morning

Posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Azhin and her mother travelled from Jerusalem in the early morning for a CT scan and were greeted with the news that she was also for surgery tomorrow morning (Tuesday). Mum was so excited, and the day was spent in preparation and the CT scan that the doctor ordered.

Azhin looked so cute in her new pyjama suit given for Christmas and her smile tells it all. Please pray for this little one as she receives life-giving surgery and may all the praise and glory go to God who enfolds her with His love.

Brave In First Tests

Posted on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 00:00 by Justina

We were off early this morning to Wolfson for pre-admission testing and a final echocardiogram for four of the new arrivals. The hospital staff was ready and waiting when we arrived and got down to business immediately.



Azhin was quite a sleepy-head this morning and refused to wake up even when her mom dressed her. She was still asleep when we arrived at the hospital and we had to wake her up for the tuberculosis test. She whimpered a little when they pricked her arm but emerged from the room triumphantly wearing a cheap ring the nurse gave her as a badge of courage. The nurses also had a hard time drawing blood from her and she cried quite a bit, but it wasnt long before the mischievous Azhin was soon seen again.



Azhin's echocardiogram showed that her surgery should be quick and uncomplicated.

Azhin Reaches Israel

Posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

It was a great joy to greet three-year-old Azhin and her Mum as they burst through the doors into the arrival lounge at the Israeli border today. This is the beginning of a journey in Israel to receive a new heart. We pray for her as she sleeps tonight and travels early tomorrow morning for her first assessment at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Azhin's Mum is so relieved to at last be in Israel. We pray for them that they will experience a touch from the great Physician and for wisdom for the surgeons in making good decisions.