Donya 's Heart Surgery


Out Of ICU And Eating Well

Posted on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Today Donya was transferred to the children's ward a happy and contented baby. Mum was bottle feeding her and all systems are working well. Donya's mum is a great support to the other mothers, especially Fanya's as she coached her through what to expect when Fanya came back from her surgery.

Please continue to pray for this little bundle of joy that she will soon be back with us in Jerusalem.

One of the Best Mums Ever

Posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay
Today the staff in the ICU told Donya's Mum that she was one of the best Mums they had had in the department for the loving way she cared for her daughter. This morning Donya was moved from the ICU into the intermediate ICU and she was breathing normally and relaxed, at least until the nurse moved her.

We praise the Lord for this little life which now has a new heart. May she come to know the new life that Messiah brings as she grows up. Thank you for praying for Donya and please continue to uphold her as she rapidly progresses back to life and vitality.

A Brave Heart

Posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 00:00 by Justina
Here at the Shevet house, Donya is known as "Tuti", which is Kurdish for a small bird. Today, when I saw her in the ICU lying there with her little arms restrained at her side and her eyes taped shut, she reminded me of a newly hatched chick sprawled on its back. But underneath her frail exterior beats a tenacious, determined little heart. Even today, she was fighting against the restraints, determined to get her tiny thumb into her mouth. And to everyone's amazement she somehow managed to move the tube in her mouth aside and stick in her thumb!

The doctors continue to say that they are very pleased with the results of Donya's operation and expect a speedy recovery. Pray for her tiny warrior's heart to beat strongly and faithfully for the Lord.

Weeping Turns to Joy After Successful Surgery

Posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay
When I arrived at the Wolfson Hospital baby Donya had been in the operating room for about an hour. Mum was very stressed and weeping all morning waiting for word that it was all over. Seven long hours went by and we received news she was out of the surgery and then another half hour waiting for all the tubes, monitors etc. to be connected before she had her first glimpse of her baby in the ICU. Donya looked like a little doll, wrapped in swaddling clothes. The surgeons said the surgery went well, no complication and she should proceed to full recovery soon. Um Donya was so happy and was able to rest.

Thank the Lord for His hand on this little life and may His comfort and strength surround her mother. Please pray for quick return to a bouncy little girl.

Donya to Surgery in the Morning

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

We were just heading out of Jerusalem to go to Tel Aviv this morning when we received word from the hospital that Donya was scheduled for surgery the following morning; meaning she had to be admitted today. We turned the car around, headed back to the house and picked up baby and mother. Donya's mother was all packed and ready to go when we arrived and excited that it was finally her little girl's turn for an operation. Once arriving at Wolfson, Donya was promptly admitted and settled happily into her baby crib. Please pray for her upcoming heart surgery tomorrow morning; she is an extremely small and fragile little girl.

Crying Turns To Cooing

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.

Donya had the hardest time today as the nurses could not find a vein in her tiny arms from which to draw blood. She cried so hard that she had to be restrained by two adults while the nurses did their best to get a blood sample. Her mother was in tears and shaking and also needed to be calmed. After a break to eat lunch and get both mother and child calmed down, there was success for the nurses and relief for the mom.

When it came time for the echocardiogram, little Miss Donya was beaming and cooperated beautifully with smiles and coos. Her echocardiogram confirmed multiple heart defects which are all treatable. The team of doctors and surgeons will assess her case and make a decision later concerning her operation.

Donya Reaches Israel

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

Donya is an alert 10-month-old baby from Iraq who arrived today from Jordan with her mother. Tomorrow she will go to Wolfson for her first Echo and assessment. Small for her age, she is in need of urgent surgery and we pray that the surgeons will be able soon to restore this little one's heart. Pray for her mother, who is very concerned about the care of her child.