Eva 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

A Visit to the Garden Tomb

Posted on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Yesterday, Eva and her mother Questin, took an outing to the Garden Tomb. There we were able to walk around and read the story of the crucifixion in Kurdish. Today, Eva and her mother left for Jordan where they wait until they can depart for Iraq.

We are all very happy to have known Eva and her mother, and please pray that they would not forget the love of Messiah that was shown to them, and that God would continue to work in their hearts when they go home.

Eva Cleared to Return toIraq

Posted on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

We returned to the hospital today for a post-surgical check-up for Eva. She was so excited. One thing about Eva is that she is so much fun to play with. We sat there with a bag of popcorn that her mother brought from the house and just made fun while we were waiting. Our short-term coworker Gillian and Eva had a blast as well.

Eva was hooked up to an EKG, and her levels turned out to be right where they need to be. The doctor did her echo, and there was no fluid whatsoever in her heart or lungs. Eva's scar is also looking very clean and uninfected which is nice.

When we got to speak with the doctor, he informed us that it was to be Eva's final echo. Eva's done and cleared to return to Iraq! Another child goes home with a new heart. Praise God.

A Sparkle in Her Eye

Posted on Sun, 07/18/2010 - 07:44 by Charles_Hicks

This afternoon, Ellen and I went to visit Eva and her mother Kwestin at the Schneider Children's Medical Center. Being that Eva is the only one of our children at Schneider, and they are the only ones there that speak Kurdish, it is really nice to go spend an afternoon with the pair. Ilham's mother in Jerusalem made them some Kurdish food for us to bring to Eva and Sharween as a friendly reminder of non-hospital food. Eva dug in. Kwestin showed us some presents that she bought Eva for her getting through her surgery. She got shoes, a dress, and a magnetic drawing pad. Eva wrote out Ellen's and my names in Kurdish with her mother helping her with a few details. Eva is very intelligent for her age.

When we arrived, the nurses had just given her medication to get rid of the last bit of fluid in Eva's lungs. The doctors say that she might be able to return to Shevet as early as tomorrow.

Eva Up On Her Feet

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

Ellen and I stopped by Schneider today in order to drop off Shabbat meals for Eva and her mother Kwestin and to keep them company for a while. Since Eva was released from the ICU yesterday, we were able to play. During the hour that we were there we colored and then took a walk around the floor. At Schneider there is a fish tank, and Eva was enamored by the colorful creatures. Eva was very quiet today, and we could tell that she was tired. The nurse said that she has been sleeping a lot. Doctor Gabriel told us that Eva is having "an excellent recovery" and should be back in Jerusalem next week.

I cannot stress enough how helpful the translators are. Our Israeli Kurdish friend Ilan translated today what was wrong with Eva's heart and what the doctors did to fix it, and Kwestin also got to ask some other questions. Communication is so valuable. The doctor that worked on Eva has also continually been available for updates as to how Eva is recovering. He is a man of true character. It will be nice with Eva is back at the house next week, and all is well.

Eva's Surgery Day

Posted on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

We were informed last night that Eva's surgery would be the second surgery of the day which meant that Simcha, Phyllis, and I didn't have to wake up to leave Jerusalem by 6:00am this morning. Phew. We left for the hospital around 10:00 am. Upon arrival, we got to play with Eva and encourage her mother Kwestin. Simcha made things out of balloons, Phyllis and Eva played catch with a heart pillow, and then Eva and I went down to the play area where she "cooked" a delicious fake lunch for herself out of toys (as the children aren't allowed to eat the day of their surgeries).

While we had to wait until four before Eva could go in for surgery, she was in very good spirits until the end. Kwestin was scared, but thanks to our translators, the doctors were able to explain that it was a low-risk surgery. The doctors told us that the surgery would probably take about five hours.

I walked her down to the ICU, and the doctors had very nice bedside manner and allowed Kwestin to hold Eva while she was being sedated for surgery. During the waiting period after the surgery was underway, we took Kwestin to the art gallery at Schneider. The wonderful thing about art is that it transcends language. After arriving back at the room, we were there for about half an hour--only halfway through the expected five-hour surgery--when the nurse came into tell us that the surgery was completed and they were closing Eva up. Everything went even better than expected, and all three of her heart defects were remedied.

We then waited for about two hours while they finished closing her up, until we finally saw them wheeling Eva down the hall to the ICU, with a nurse using a handbag to help Eva breathe until and she could be put on a mechanical ventilator within the ICU.

When Kwestin saw her daughter in the ICU, she was so elated. Ilan explained to her on the phone that she was free to come see Eva whenever she wanted and that the surgery was successful.

It was so nice to see Kwestin mother her child as well. She is an excellent mother that knows her child and knows how to best show her love. Praise the Lord for a well done surgery!

Eva to Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

Today I escorted Eva and her mother to be admitted for surgery at the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Israel tomorrow. After getting to the floor, each of the nurses was so helpful in getting us where we needed to go. We had to wait a while in order to be directed as to where to go, but when the nurses told us to go somewhere, we were seen immediately. Eva was wild today, but she is that good kind of wild that children should be. Full of smiles, Eva giggled while the nurses checked her vital signs, and giggled as they administered an EKG.

At first, Kwestin (Eva's mother) was quite scared, but after talking to Mazal, the Hebrew/Kurdish translator, and the doctor, she was put at ease.

The only time today that Eva got frightened was when they took her blood. She was horrified. After she was done though, the nurse brought her a bag with a kaleidoscope, a note pad, and a recorder.

I am really glad that I had good quality time with Kwestin and Eva today, because that builds relationships that are strong during surgery. The power of relationship is not to be undervalued. Tomorrow afternoon is Eva's surgery. Please pray over her. Thanks.

Eva's Diagnosis Confirmed and Surgery Scheduled

Posted on Sun, 07/04/2010 - 07:44 by Ellen_Husted

Eva, a beautiful seven-year-old from Kurdistan, had her initial admission procedures done at Schneider Children's Hospital this morning. In Kurdistan she was thought to have a VSD and mild tricuspid regurgitation. Today, these preliminary diagnoses were confirmed. A VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) is a hole between the right and left sides of the heart. The right side has blood without oxygen while the left side has blood with oxygen. Therefore, the hole causes a mixing in the blood. However, VSDs are the most common pediatric heart defect, and she should be fine after the surgery. The second complication is a result of the VSD; because of the different pressure gradient, there is a jet of blood squirting from the left ventricle to the right ventricle. This jet occurs right where the tricuspid valve is (the valve that separates the right atrium from the right ventricle), and has damaged the valve. Now, there is a slight amount of regurgitation (blood going backwards in the right atrium from the right ventricle). But again, she should be fine after surgery, which is scheduled for July 13.

Please pray for Eva and her mother, especially for the mother, since she is quite anxious and worried about her daughter.

Eva on the Road to Jerusalem

Posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 01:00 by Michelle_Bradburn

What a pleasure it was to welcome seven-year-old Eva from Iraq into Israel today! What a beautiful girl she is--optimistic, loving, and so full of energy. She jumps at every opportunity to help, whether it's cleaning the kitchen, carrying the luggage, or pushing the cart across the border. She also loves to read. On the long car ride from the border to Jerusalem, although the light was dim, she was eagerly reading aloud the Kurdish storybook I brought along- the story of the Good Samaritan.

Let's pray that God would pour out his blessings on this timid mother and child. That even on this first night in a strange land, they would sense his peace and presence beyond all understanding.