Herish's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Herish Admitted for Cath Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 23:15 by Kristina Kayser

Today found Herish and his mother back at Wolfson after a long visit only yesterday. As mentioned in the previous blog, Herish was being admitted today for a heart catheterization. This procedure is relatively brief (an average of 2 hours), but doctors prefer children to be admitted the day before in order to complete preliminary work.

Herish's mother was shocked to hear that her son needed blood drawn once again. She pleaded with me to convince the doctor otherwise. "He'll be so sad! Remember yesterday? Look at his hands." However, once she understood it was necessary, her focus then turned to soothing a very disgruntled Herish. A vein was found immediately, praise God, and it was over in minutes. His mother's comfort was the perfect balm and all was restored in his little world.

Although, he's not quite ready to let anyone else hold him, Herish did offer me his first gesture of friendship today

Herish Debuts At Wolfson Hospital

Posted on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 00:11 by Kristina Kayser

Herish, whom we've affectionately dubbed "Mowgli," made his first appearance at Wolfson Hospital today. The initial visit is for preliminary tests and procedures prior to being admitted for surgery. Herish's big brown eyes took in his new surroundings with wonder. He faired each exam bravely, being comforted by his bottle from time to time. When it came time for blood work, little tears rolled down his cheeks as Doctor's labored for every precious drop. 

With this painful bit behind him, I accompanied Herish and his mother to the echo room. In order to ensure a smooth examination, a gentle sedative was given and he was soon sound asleep. His chest rose and fell peacefully as Dr. Alona inspected his heart through ultrasound imagery. Herish has both an ASD (a hole between the two upper heart chambers) and a VSD (a hole between the two lower chambers). Essentially, this leads to major detours of blood flow in his body and poor functioning in his heart and lungs. If left untreated, this condition will grow more and more severe and life-threatening. It is a huge blessing that Herish can receive intervention at such a young age. 

After the echo, Dr. Alona informed us that Herish would require one more procedure called a catheterization before having surgery. This is a 3-D technology that gains for doctors clearer internal images of his heart. While a cath is semi-invasive and requires anesthesia, no surgical repairs are made; it is purely diagnostic. Herish is set to be admitted to Wolfson tomorrow morning and undergo the catheterization on Wednesday. 

His mother is relieved that steps are being taken towards the full repair of his heart. This is a woman who dearly loves her baby and wants the very best for him. Herish is blessed with a constant outpouring of affection and care. Although barely friends, my heart already feels close to this lovely pair, and I am thankful for God's faithful provision in their lives. 

A Long Journey Brings Herish to Jerusalem

Posted on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 12:42 by Jonathan Miles

Almost one-year-old Herish flew into Amman in his mother's arms on Shabbat, and when we found them inside the terminal he was crying irritatedly. After a diaper change and feeding at our Amman office contentment returned, and we made our way with two other children and their mothers down to the Jordan River border crossing into Israel. There the staff had mercy on the children and mothers, and expedited our transit despite arriving close to closing time.

A very warm greeting awaited the tired travelers at Prophets Street. Sunday will be a day of rest and acclimatization for Herish and his mother, before traveling to the Wolfson Medical Center on Monday for the first exams in preparation for his urgent surgery.

Herish Arriving in March

Posted on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:00 by Ryan Gregg

"Impression: Needs urgent surgical repair out of the country." This is the conclusion of the medical report made in January for almost one year old Herish, from Kurdish northern Iraq. He has two holes in his infant heart: one hole between the atria, or upper chambers of the heart, and one hole between the ventricles, or lower chambers of the heart. 

He is on three medications at the moment, in order to keep his heart beating until open heart surgery can be had. The visa application has just been submitted, and we hope to see him in Israel on Sunday, March 4, and take him quickly to one of the advanced medical centers of Israel.

Herish's mother will be escorting Herish to Israel, leaving behind three other small children.