Hezhan's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Hezhan's First Trip To the Hospital in Israel

Posted on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 06:46 by Donna_Petrel
Today Hezhan and his mother went to Wolfson Medical Center for his first echocardiogram and check up in Israel. Hezhan was very nervous about the visit, so his mother tried to remain calm for his sake. Overall they both maintained good attitudes throughout the day's events which included an EKG, a chest x-ray, the normal check of weight and height, and the echocardiogram. As you can see from the monitor during his exam, his blood oxygenation level was at 75% of normal at that time, as evidenced by the blue pallor to his skin.
One thing which was a big help to them was meeting twelve-year-old Hamza and his grandmother as soon as we arrived. Hamza was such a big encouragement to Hezhan, telling him about his own experiences--then telling them to look at how well he is doing even after several surgeries! Hezhan has a very child-like demeanor for a twenty-year-old, and seemed settled by his new friend's encouragement.
Hezhan was anxious to see who the surgeon will be, having heard of Dr. Sasson from Mohammed's mother here at the house. However, today we met Dr. Alona as she did his echo and gave us the report from what she saw. Dr. Alona said Hezhan definitely needs a catheterization before a decision can be made about how to proceed with his surgery. During the exam she noted several apparently unusual features about his heart, but I didn't interrupt her to ask more details since she was training a resident while doing Hezhan's echo. At this time Hezhan does not need any medication, and he was able to come back to the house with us.

Will you please join us in prayer for this young man and his mother? They have an intense longing to believe there is hope for Hezhan. I watched his eyes today while he lay on the examining table, and I found myself praying that the light of hope would not go out in him. Only God knows the plan for Hezhan's life, and how this surgery opportunity fits into it, and with God, all things are possible. We can look to Him for help as we pray for Hezhan, and watch how God answers our prayers.