Hawre's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Hawre May Have Surgery in the Next Days

Posted on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 21:58 by Stephanie Ventura

This morning when we arrived at Wolfson hospital we found an assistant nurse taking Hawre and his mother to the CT department. The CT angiography we had expected was not performed, and instead a quick ten minute CT scan of his body was done. This gave both he and his mother great relief. The reason for changing the procedure is not entirely known as of yet, but it is good news nonetheless. And to add another bit of good news, Dr. Hudaia from the children

Hawre Admitted for CT Scan Tomorrow

Posted on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 23:11 by Kristina Kayser

Hawre has, in many ways, stepped into a special role at Shevet. At sixteen years of age, he has already assumed the responsibilities of being the "man of the house" in a very natural manner. He is quick to assist the mothers and children with their needs, serving as a caretaker and advocate. I admire this so about him. Tonight, Hawre was admitted to Wolfson Hospital for a pre-surgery diagnostic test in the morning. Before leaving the house, however, he made sure that everything was set in order. One mother and daughter stayed behind, and Hawre wanted to ensure that they wouldn't be lonely or afraid. "Someone will stay with them tonight, right?" he asked intently. With his mind at ease, into the van we went and sped off towards Tel Aviv. 

A CT angiography is scheduled for early tomorrow. This semi-invasive test is meant to give doctors a clearer picture of his heart before surgery. Dye will be injected into a small catheter that is threaded through a vein into his heart. Computer technology will then provide the necessary images. Though it may be a simple and routine procedure for medical staff, it might as well be a surgery for his mother. The last three days have brought many tearful moments in anticipation of the CT scan. Hawre understands it is a test but still had some anxieties of his own. I didn't see the fear on his face this evening as I did yesterday, when we had a conversation about his and his mother

Hello Jerusalem!

Posted on Sun, 01/08/2012 - 21:49 by Liliya Semenyuk

Everything felt new. The shops, the harpist in the streets, the train in the distance, the artwork, the various smells of food coming from small shops... AsmaHawre, and their mothers brought to us a fresh pair of eyes, a new perspective, to the Jerusalem street we've walked on many times.

Their joy of being beyond the walls of Shevet for the first time quickly infected us too, and the carefree laughter gave us much ease. Whether it was Kristina singing through the snapdragons, Sophie learning to count in Kurdish, or me getting in trouble for touching a unique flower for sale, we found plenty to laugh about. The experience can be likened to baby birds learning to fly on their own, as we gently nudged them out of the nest to be free to explore on their own.

We then took the two families out for some cookies and tea, ultimately spending quite a bit of time in the cafe, as they relayed bits and pieces of their preparation for Israel. By the time we left, the moon was out. A fresh wave of giggles overtook us as Kristina accidently added a syllable, effectively calling the full moon a "cow," which Hawre relayed to us with a deep mooo.

We took a "shortcut the long way" through a park to get home, because they said they weren't ready to go yet. Well, we weren't quite sure what their reaction would be to a small playground meant for young kids

Seventeen Year Old Hawre Arrives In Israel

Posted on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 16:29 by Mary_Dailey

Jonathan and I picked Hawre and Asma up at the airport in Amman between 4:30 and 5:00 P.M Wednesday. They arrived before we did, so all Jonathan had to do was go in and get them. They seemed very content and since there were no little children there was no problem of stress. Hawre is 17 and Asma is 13.

When we got back to the house we had a wonderful meal cooked by Michelle and spent most of the evening sitting around the table talking. Hawre and Asma were playing table tennis with Ben, Madelyn and Zach.

Hawre's mom shared with us that he had heart surgery in Iraq but it was not successful. He has such a delightful personality and seems to want to help with whatever he can. When we got to the house and were getting out of the van I wasn't sure if I should give him the usual greeting or not, him being a young man. So I held my hand out to him and he smiled and kissed me on the hand and then the usual greeting of kissing me on both cheeks.

After a short stay in Jordan, Asma and her mother crossed the Jordan River into Israel on Thursday and are now getting settled at the Shevet Achim center in Jerusalem.

I want to send a prayer request out with this blog for him. He is 17 and has already had one heart surgery that failed. We have had others that were in this situation and have left Israel healed. He is such a precious young man and his mom is very compassionate and sweet. Let's pray that they will be encouraged and that they will come to know the love of God through us.