Havan 's Heart Surgery


Sitting Up, Saying "Mama," Fighting Infection

Posted on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 06:45 by Donna_Petrel
Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I was delighted to see Havan and his mother today when I returned to Wolfson after my trip to the States. I arrived to their room at the same time that Arazoo moved into the bed next to Havan's, which was a happy event for all. I found Havan being evaluated to best determine treatment for a fungus which is in his mouth and throat.

Because of this development he has not felt much like eating or drinking, and is slowly losing weight. Beginning today Havan will take a medication which contains both a pain reliever and the needed treatment for the fungus in his mouth. The doctor expects Havan to use this medication for about three days, during which time both his appetite and his weight should increase. He was only able to eat small amounts of bread, and drink a little from his bottle during the day.

Even though Havan was not feeling especially spunky during my visit, he was able to spend a little time showing off one of his new skills: sitting alone! He also is beginning to talk a little, so I got to hear him say "dieya", the Kurdish word for "mama". And although he has lost a little weight, he is definitely taller than he was when I left several weeks ago.

Please continue to pray for Havan and his mother. He will be susceptible to chest problems until he has the heart surgery he needs, so we continue to pray his surgery can be done in the near future. His mother is weary and needs the encouragement your prayers can give. She would welcome hearing from anyone if you would like to be in touch, to let her know of your concern for her situation. We can translate and deliver your requests to her. Let us pray for quick healing of the fungus, no other illness, and a timely slot in the surgery schedule for Havan.


Posted on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 06:45 by Keleigh_Glisson
Monday, January 26, 2009

I found Havan and his mother in the ward late this morning. Havan's mother looked like her spirits had been lifted. Havan was healthy enough to be moved out of the ICU and into the ward. And even better, they were talking about the possibility of Havan's surgery taking place in about 10 days.

I confirmed all of this with the doctor who said that Havan had really made a turnaround and was doing much better.

Please pray that Havan's health will continue to improve so that they may go forward with his surgery. Pray also for Havan's mother. Her patience is beginning to dwindle.

Change For The Better

Posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 06:45 by Justina
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I was so thankful that Rachel (a new friend of Shevet's) asked to accompany me to the hospital today as it gave me a chance to visit a few other patients during Arazoo's surgery. Rachel's presence was such a blessing as she loved, encouraged and prayed with Arazoo's mom today.

I stopped in ICU to see Havan and his mom and found him greatly improved. One of the ICU nurses confirmed that Havan still had some congestion in his lungs but was definitely doing much better. The effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous avail much!

At Least Four More Weeks Until Surgery

Posted on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 06:45 by Hank_Dannecker
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Several weeks ago I stood on the beach watching Havan and his mother enjoying their first look at a sea. It is such a thrill to be part of that first experience as they step out of their shoes and into the sand and water.

But today was a very different experience for me as I entered the ICU to find a crowd of doctors and nurses around Havan's bedside discussing his case and Havan's mother with tears streaming down her face. After several tests on Havan the doctors discovered that the virus that he has is called R.S.V. It is a virus that is common to small children and affects the entire respiratory system. If this news was not already sad enough for his mother, she then was told that it will take four to six weeks for him to get better before he would be operable. As I tried to comfort her, I could feel her pain with every tear that ran down her face and onto her son's bed.

Mother Frustrated By Long Wait

Posted on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 06:45 by Keleigh_Glisson
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Today was the second day that I arrived to the hospital to find Havan's mom sitting in bed rocking Havan with tears streaming down her face. She is frustrated that Havan's surgery didn't take place in the past two weeks when Havan was healthy. Now, he is very sick again. Too sick for surgery.

The doctors said that he has an infection in his bronchial tubes that hasn't really improved in the past few days. If his condition continues to deteriorate, he will be moved to the ICU.

Please pray for Havan's mother as she attempts to remain strong and wait for her son's surgery. Pray that Havan will regain his health so that he may undergo surgery and no longer suffer from such serious illnesses.

No Surgery Until Chest Clears

Posted on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 06:45 by Dorothy_Finlay
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Justina and I spent time today with little Havan and his mother and he was still very congested and having oxygen and inhalations. He is now being fed through a naso-gastric tube. This reduces the stress of sucking. He has little energy and initially we were concerned whether he would ever be considered for his surgery, which was initially scheduled for tomorrow. I had a chat with Navah, the head nurse, and she said that Dr Tamir was going to keep little Havan in the ward until his chest cleared of the recurrent bronchiolitis and when that happened he would consider surgery.

Please pray for this precious wee boy and his mother who is very concerned. May the Lord uplift them in His loving arms.

Struggling To Breathe

Posted on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 06:45 by Dorothy_Finlay

While this photo does not suggest it, little Havan was taken back to Wolfson Hospital tonight with chest congestion and fever and very difficult breathing. Follow this link to have a look at his first examination by Israeli medical staff.

Please pray for this precious baby who is listed for surgery next Monday. His mother is concerned that his chest will prevent that from happening. Although not as severe as his previous admission, Havan is still struggling to breathe and when he cried it was just a whimper. May the Lord have mercy on this little one and his mother who is naturally very anxious.

Continuing To Recover From Bronchiolitis

Posted on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 06:45 by Dorothy_Finlay
Thursday, January 8, 2009

Havan saw Dr. Tamir today, and he was very pleased with Havan's progress. He is to have a further wait to allow him to be completely over his bronchiolitis. Then he can come back to Jerusalem after a week at the Save A Child's Heart house. We were able to get a nebulizer which makes it safer to have these little babies so far from the hospital. Pray that he will not develop any coughs or colds in the next 10 days before his operation.

Havan's Eyes Sparkling Again

Posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

This morning the cardiologist, Dr. Tamir, pronounced Havan well again but requested he and his mother return to the Save A Child's Heart house in Tel Aviv until he sees him again. It was lovely to see his sparkly brown eyes twinkling again as he with his mother waited for the short trip to their home.

Please pray that it will be possible to schedule him for that lifegiving heart surgery soon that will put him onto the road to health and strength, and pray that he will remain free of infection.

Havan Nearly Back to Normal

Posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

This morning Havan was nearly back to his happy bouncy self. However because of the high risk of allowing him to return to Jerusalem where the temperature is 1-2 degrees C. the doctors have kept him in the ward. He was not needing oxygen and his mother was very relieved. Pray that a decision will soon be made regarding his surgery and that his breathing will continue to improve.

With the company of other Shevet mothers and children we have a large section of the children's department for them alone. They share meals and comfort and help each other. The Lord is so good and His mercies do endure forever.