Essa's Heart Surgery

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Essa and Mother Still Waiting, Still Waiting

Posted on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:32 by Jesse Tilman

Essa is still in isolation, so Sophie and I

Essa Back to ICU for Small Procedure

Posted on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 22:02 by Jesse Tilman

Coming out of the elevators at Sheba hospital, we saw Essa

Essa Continues Healing, Slowly

Posted on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:18 by Anna Kohler

"He's healing well," was the surgeon

Of Mazal and Melons

Posted on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 22:26 by Anna Kohler

We found Essa in good spirits when we visited him in the hospital today. Mazal, one of the Kurdish translators we frequently call, had been keeping him and his mother company all day. Mazal brought peace and comfort as she interacted with them in their native tongue.

Essa also had a surprise in store for him today! He had been asking for "shootie", or

More Improvements in Essa's Health

Posted on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 12:17 by Ruth Zellweger

Yesterday afternoon Donna and I went to the Sheba Medical Center to visit Sana and Essa. When I entered Essa

Another Rough Day for Essa

Posted on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 23:47 by Kelsey Cannon

There is really no delicate way to put it, Essa has just had a rough day. But in all actuality, the word

Solid Foods for Essa

Posted on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:59 by Kelsey Cannon

From the photo above, it is clear that Essa has recovered much of his hilarious teenage sass. But that

An Always Thirsty Essa

Posted on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 23:04 by Ruth Zellweger

Looking back at the time I spent the last two days at the hospital with Essa and his mom, there where so many different events, experiences and emotions involved that it somehow seems to blur all together. But I do remember that when we approached Essa in his room at the ICU for our latest shift, we could tell that he recognized us. Since he was still intubated, he could not talk and instead communicated with his eyes. A few hours later, the doctor and the nurse came in and asked us to leave the room. They wanted to remove his oxygen tube. So we waited a few minutes outside his room until Essa

A Slow Recovery for Essa

Posted on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 21:39 by Kelsey Cannon

Essa has ever so slowly been showing signs of improvement, even as he continues to be confined to his bed in the ICU. When one calls his name by his bedside, he proves able to respond by holding eye contact and languidly blinking. This is sometimes accompanied by a gentle shifting of shoulders, a kicking of feet, and a shaking of arms. And from what we

No Sign of Brain Damage

Posted on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 18:10 by Tabea Schnidrig

Today was a better day for Essa. They started this morning to give him nutrition with the nasogastric tube for the first time and this worked well.

Later in the morning he had a CT of his brain, it took a long preparation time and he had to be stable with his blood pressure and pulsation for this. So they brought him even in a car to that place where it happened. The results were awesome to hear. The doctor told us, that his CT was exactly the same as one month ago! This is a sign of no serious brain damage as a result of oxygen loss during the thirty minutes of Essa's resuscitation Thursday morning.

Praise the Lord for this!

As they cleaned his face he at once really opened his eyes and looked for one moment more awake. As well I saw his mouth closing and opening once at that time. Those signs are showing us, that he is on the right way.

Because Essa's kidneys are not working at the moment, it takes a lot longer time for the medications to leave his body. He is not sedated at the moment, they want him to become awake, in order to see his neurological signs.

His progression is slowly, but impressively good.

We praise God for his health and continue to trust him for Essa