Binyamin's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Binyamin's New Pacemaker

Posted on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:14 by Coby van Wijhe
This morning Sophia and I went to Sheba hospital to meet Binyamin and his dad. They were already in another building for the operation. Today Binyamin was scheduled for the replacement of a pacemaker. When we arrived in the pre-operation room, Binyamin was still waiting to move onto the operation room. Dad was very pleased to see us. He joined Binyamin to the operation room until he got his sedation.
When Dad came back we went together to the waiting hall, had a drink, shared pictures, and talked about our families. After 2 hours the surgeon came and explained about the operation.
With this pacemaker and the change of medication they expect less shocks from the device are needed. After a few days and when he is stable they will discuss the need of another operation to solve his cardiac arrhythmias. With the ambulance Binyamin was brought back to the secondary ICU. Dad is so pleased and thankful for all the support. Binyamin and his father are very attached to one another. 
We are thankfull for a successful operation and pray that his recovery will be smoothly.

New Pacemaker Planned

Posted on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:11 by Jesse Tilman

Dear Binyamin is in secondary ICU and struggling towards health. The doctor said he is planning to replace his pacemaker on Tuesday next week. He also has Binyamin on a special medicine that we are checking on if it can be found in Kurdistan. 

His father is doing the best he can and bearing with the hospital life patiently for his son. We brought a little cheer and comfort to them today.

Trying Times

Posted on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:04 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning when I visited Binyamin and his father again, Dad was holding his son in his arms. He was sleeping. Last night they had little sleep. Dad looks tired and very worried. It's hard to see how he is holding on to his son knowing that his health is so poor. It brings tears to my eyes. I brought him some clothes and an Israeli Sim card so he can communicate freely with his family. The neurologist, cardiologist and the doctor for Binyamin's pacemaker will decide how to continue. Because of his bad heart condition, there are neurological problems. They will discuss how to address all of these problems. Please continue to pray for them both that God may God comfort them and give them peace.

First Assessments

Posted on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:51 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning we brought Binyamin to Sheba for his first assesments. It was also the first introduction of the hospital, and Dad was impressed. There was a bit of confusion, however, as we got an email yesterday about the assesments for today but when we arrived they told us that he was planned for tomorrow. But thanks to God, the kind hospital staff decided to do the assesments anyway.

Binyamin is a very quiet boy. He has a speech problem. He got a pacemaker when he was about 9 months old. Dad told us that he had a brother who died of the same heart problem but than they didn't know what it was. Hopefully he will have a better chance to survive. They did an echo and ECG. During these tests he was very quiet and didn't cry. Because of the result they gave him an electric shock of a high dose. The doctor was shocked by the doses they gave. He had never seen this on a kid of his age. Binyamin had to be admitted in the ICU straight away.

They will first change his medication and check his pacemaker. Dad is worried about his son. While he was admitted in the ICU his heart collapsed but the pacemaker gave him a boost. Dad said this happens regularly. Please pray for this fellow and his dad. May the medicines work and his life improve.

Binyamin Welcomed to the Shevet House!

Posted on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:14 by Jesse Tilman

Two year-old Binyamin has made his journey to the Promised Land! We were glad to welcome this mature toddler this morning along with his father. They came in good time through the airport system and we met them shortly after their plane had landed.

Binyamin has Long QT Syndrome and already has a pacemaker. This syndrome describes a condition of rapid, intermittent, and/or irregular heart beat. It can show symptoms of fainting, seizures, or be not noticeable. Sudden death can occur though, especially if sustained periods of rapid heartbeats occur. We hope the best for his healing here in Israel and full life in the future.
He's a scrappy looking young guy that looks like he could take on the world. His father is keeping him close so far, as he gets used to things here. They've moved into our men's apartment just as our other Kurdish father and son have finally been admitted to the hospital for the surgery. Hopefully they'll have some good times together in the days ahead though they missed each other this time.
The sunshine today reminded me of our Father in Heaven's promise of life for his creation, Westerners, Asians, Kurds, everyone. He has made a promise that He holds to. Every life on earth has value to Him!
"When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will observe it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living beings on the earth." Genesis 9:16