Dunya 's Heart Surgery


Dunya Reaches Israel Accompanied By Her Sister

Posted on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Dunya is an eight-year-old girl who just arrived yesterday from Iraq. She has a defect known as a VSD (ventricular septal defect); this means that she has a hole in her heart located in the tissue that separates the right and left ventricles of her heart. Today was her first day in the hospital, and she was kept busy with all the preliminary testing she had to do. Dunya had an EKG, an echo, bloodwork, and baseline vitals done. She is going on Monday to have a PPD skin test (to test for tuberculosis), and then we will have a better idea as to the date of her actual surgery. Please pray that she and her sister (who came in place of their mother) will feel welcomed and loved here.

Pray that Jian (Dunyas sister) would feel included by the other mothers as she is not the mother of a patient herself. Pray also that Dunya would make friends with the other children. Well keep you posted on her condition.

Dunya Happy As Her Surgery Is Delayed

Posted on Sat, 05/15/2010 - 07:44 by Charles_Hicks

After yesterday's announcement that Dunya would have her surgery today, I got up this morning and went up to Wolfson bright and early. The earliest sharoot (shared taxi) usually leaves Jerusalem by 6:00 am in order to avoid the morning traffic, but this morning didn't leave Jerusalem until 6:15 am. I ended up getting to the hospital at 7:40 am, much later than expected. I darted to the room that Dunya and her sister were admitted into yesterday to thankfully find Dunya still asleep. Shevet 1: Traffic 0. We then went to the playroom to draw for a little while. Dunya was not interested in the playroom at all until little Aram came in. Then she played entertainer for Aram.

She gave him toys and talked in baby voices to him. It was adorable. After further waiting, we were informed that due to another surgery taking longer than expected that Dunya's surgery had been postponed indefinitely (however, they did keep her at the hospital). I don't know whether Dunya was more excited about not having surgery today or getting to eat (children are asked to fast for 12 hours before surgery), but she perked up after she learned that today she had a free pass.

Our short-term coworker Ricky from the UK came down and made balloon flowers for her and performed illusions for her and her sister. So back to the hospital soon for the surgery.