Inas's Heart Surgery


Video Update from ICU Doctor

Posted on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:06 by Kyle Carlson

Here is a video of an ICU doctor updating us on all three children at Wolfson Hospital. This includes Inas, Hiba and Arwa. 

Our Precious Little Fighter

Posted on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:54 by Rebekah Yang

When the ICU door opened, I saw Inas' grandmother slowly walking out towards me. I gave her a big hug and just wanted to express how much I missed her and Inas during my three months away. I found out that she seems quite depressed and worried because of Inas' current unstable condition.

I accompanied Inas' grandma on a walk to the children's play ground to give her a short break. She talked to me in Kurdish, sharing something about her concern, and became a bit emotional for her little granddaughter. Although I couldn’t fully understand what she said, the sense of her love and care for Inas was unmistakable.

Then I learned from Ruth that an ICU doctor had said that, due to Inas' irregular heartbeats and unstable lung function, they were planning to put her on an oxygen machine of sorts to aid her oxygenation. Please continue joining us in prayer for our precious little fighter, Inas. May Jesus' hands heal Inas soon and comfort her grandma's mind and heart.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2     

Trusting God

Posted on Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:11 by Kristina Kayser

Yesterday Inas had surgery to correct her life threatening heart defect. We produced a video blog to document the entire day. 

We were then privileged to visit her again today for a follow up. One of our volunteers, Ruth Zellweger, wrote a wonderful blog about the day's high points and low points. 

This week continues to be an emotional rollercoaster for Inas' grandmother. First she had to handle the disappointment that the surgery would not be this week, then the surprise when Inas was suddenly called in for surgery on Wednesday. And again she had to handle a very long surgery day, as Inas's surgery was very complex and complicated. This morning she was hopeful, as the doctors announced, after an echo, that they would try to extubate Inas today. However, only a few hours afterwards she had to be reintubated, as the bleeding reoccurred and her breathing started to become labored. She stabilized soon afterwards, but her grandmother was worried and was not easily calmed down. The doctors estimate that Inas will be on mechanical ventilation for the next two days, and then they will give it a second try. We appreciate your prayers for the recovery of Inas and for peace for her anxious grandmother.

Over the weekend, Kristina and I had gone to the hospital to visit some of our children there, including little Inas. Friday the doctors extubated her for the second time, and this time she coped well. Currently, she is still in ICU because of an irregular heartbeat, which the doctors want to monitor to determine the need for further treatment. Her grandmother is almost constantly at her side, caring for her ceaselessly. May God's peace and comfort surround the two of them as Inas continues to recover.

Inas' Heart Repair

Posted on Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:50 by Kyle Carlson

Today, Kristina, Julia, and I had the privilege of making the journey to Wolfson Hospital for Inas’ surgery. She has been waiting many months for her surgery, and today was the day she had been anticipating. Her grandmother was also very excited for this day, and for her granddaughter to be receiving the urgent care she needs. Her surgery was a very long and complicated procedure. They first needed to repair some damage from a previous surgery, then fix her TOF heart defect, then make sure all internal bleeding had stopped. However, the doctors were very optimistic about the results. When we got a chance to see Inas, there was a very distinct and obvious change in the color of her skin due to the increased blood flow in her body.

We are creating a more in depth video blog about the entire day that will be available tomorrow. Our hope is that this will give you a perspective on Inas’ day that you would otherwise not have, and you can experience what we are blessed to be able experience. 

Inas Admitted

Posted on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:18 by Jesse Tilman

Inas’ admission for surgery went through today. Although the hospital was quite busy with many people coming and going, the staff found time to perform the necessary tests in preparation for her surgery. Later we went for her x-ray and met a cheerful lady who cracked up whenever Inas said in her little Kurdish voice, “Nah!” to something she didn't like.

In the ward she was put in room 5, which is nearby some other Muslim ladies. Arwa’s mother came by often throughout the day. There is great sense of support and camaraderie between the families. Inas also had a great time being creative in the children’s craft, game, and computer room. We joined her in making some of the decorations for the upcoming holiday Purim.

Lord willing, Inas will have her operation tomorrow and come through in good health. Thank you for your prayers for this dear girl. 

A Little Light

Posted on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:21 by Julia Binder

The waiting time is always a good opportunity for us to got to know the family’s better and more intensively; this definitely applies to Inas and her grandmother. They are still in the waiting process for the surgery, which will take place in about 3 weeks. When I think of Inas, I immediately have to smile.

The first thing she does everyday when I see her is to shout: “Julia!” and then runs into my arms. She is such a joyful girl, who shines like a little light. At first it was hard to educe a smile from her face, but now, I do not even have to try to make her laugh. And, where at first it took her a long time to get used to new people, now she warms up to them almost instantly.

Sometimes I wonder this little girl gets all her joy from? She hasso many reasons not to be happy: she is far away from her parents and has to face a heart surgery. But everyday she makes us smile; this makes me think that her joy is a gift from God. Her joy infects me everyday; she does not expect me to do something, she just smiles at me and is delighted when I come in the room.

And that is exactly the joy God has when we come to him and step into his presence. He does not expect us to do great things, he shouts our name full of joy and embraces us with his love.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Inas Returns Home Once Again

Posted on Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00 by Jesse Tilman

I'm glad to confirm that Inas has returned to Jerusalem. She's in good shape after her catheterization, and has also shown more interest in getting to know us better. Today, when we found her and her grandmother at the hospital, the first thing she did was give Mart and I a smile and a chuckle. It probably helped that I played peek-a-boo with her over a windowsill! Her grandmother was more than ready to head home, and kept asking how soon we would depart while we collected the medication and wrapped things up. Inas slept most of the way home, but came alive as we neared Jerusalem. Now she and her grandmother are enjoying the company of the rest of the Kurdish families upstairs, and the home atmosphere of our building here in Jerusalem. 

Cath Complete

Posted on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:22 by Sophie H.

When our team arrived at the hospital early this morning, Inas was already in the catheterization lab. Her grandmother was very calm today. While waiting for Inas' procedure, we went walking together and spent time in Wolfson's shopping area. We also sat and talked, while sharing pictures on our phones. I learned about her family and home in Kurdistan.

Two and a half hours later, we saw the doctor come out with Inas and headed to the children's department. Inas' grandmother was concerned about Inas being asleep from the anesthesia. So, the doctor gently woke Inas up to show her that there were no problems. Inas slowly came out of anesthesia and was crying for water and crying because she didn't like the monitors attached to her.

We were surprised when the nurse said it was okay for Inas to drink some water so soon after the cath. This helped calm her down, and she fell asleep again for a couple hours. Inas' grandmother was very kind and stayed very close to her granddaughter, even massaging her legs from time to time.

Because of Hanukkah and Christmas being celebrated this week, Inas also received gifts today from many cheerful visitors. Her grandmother was very happy for these special treats. 

Praise God the cath went well, and the doctors now have all the information they need for Inas' heart surgery. We hope to have Inas home with us tomorrow! 

Getting Ready for Surgery

Posted on Sun, 12/21/2014 - 21:59 by Ruth Zellweger

Our dear little Inas was surprisingly admitted today for a catheterization of her heart tomorrow morning. We left early to take our parting volunteer Rahel to the airport, and then continued to Wolfson Hospital.

There Inas and her grandmother had to wait for a while until a bed was prepared for them. In the meantime, we went to the playroom and spent the time there. Inas enjoyed it very much; she did some puzzles and colored some pictures. 
We pray that tomorrow's cath will provide all necessary details for her upcoming surgery!

Through The Eyes Of A Child

Posted on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:21 by Julia Binder

Right before we went to the hospital to visit Inas, we got the news that she would be discharged.

When we arrived, grandmother and Inas were waiting outside for us because they already had to vacate their room. Jesse got Inas' medication and the medication for two other Shevet children. In the meanwhile, we spend some time painting pictures and playing in the playroom. Inas' grandmother and I particularly enjoyed solving tricky brain twisters. During our play time, Inas got a falafel because she hadn't eaten lunch yet.

After one hour of waiting, we finally got all the necessary medication and continued our journey to a refugee clinic for an X-ray for the grandmother. While Jesse was with the grandmother in the clinic I waited with Inas in the car.

First, we started painting, and then we had an exciting time observing the surroundings. Inas taught me a lot about rejoicing in little things. Every time she saw a cat or an airplane, she started shouting and was delighted. As I looked at her, I wondered how she sees the world, and I wished I could see through her eyes. It is a precious gift children have to be joyful about the smallest things. I think that God used Inas today to teach me more about what Jesus meant by saying: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these“ (Matthew 19:14). It means to take circumstances as they are and rejoice in every situation. Inas has such a joyful heart, and God blesses me so much through her.