Kucher's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Kucher Leaves Israel

Posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

When we arrived at the apartment, Pastor Philip was visiting with Kucher and Sana. There were mixed emotions in the air. Kucher and her mom were excited because the day of departure had arrived and now Kucher was going home with a new lease on life. But Sana is still recovering and cannot go home quite yet. Kucher and Sana have become good friends and it is hard for Sana to watch Kucher leave. Yesterday they had lots of fun playing a game together on Sana's mom's cell phone.

Kucher no doubt has seen many miraculous things happen in her body which very much caught the attention of the doctors several times. Kucher, I believe, has definitely acknowledged the hand of the Lord on her life. We are believing that in the days ahead, many in her family will rejoice at what the Lord has done and even catch a wave of God's Salvation for themselves.

Kucher is Free To Go Home

Posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 01:00 by Pastor_Philip_Saad
Kucher with Simantov and Linda Allalouf

Greetings and love to all of our prayer partners. What a merciful and mighty God we serve! He is still performing miracles. He is being glorified in Rambam Hospital these days.

Last week Kucher had a halter on her back for 24 hours, to monitor her heart beat. The doctor said her heart functions perfectly--everything is fine with the surgery. Yesterday, I escorted Kucher and her mother to the hospital for another echocardiogram. We had a great report! Praise the Lord, she is fine. Everything is going according to the plan, Dr. Schwartz said. But we know that it is according to God's perfect will. We all know that it is the answer to your constant prayers.

The doctor said also that Kucher can go back home safely, but she needs to visit a cardiologist once every six month. God willing, when the blood pressure in her lungs is normal, then she is welcome to return to Rambam for a catheterization to close the little hole that was left on purpose. The doctors now expect that she would be ready for the cath in one or two years.

In conclusion, Kucher can go back home safely and live a normal life. Praise the Lord. So now is the time for rejoicing and giving thanks to the Lord.

I asked Kucher's mother to give Kucher a second name. I suggested the name "Miracle." I told her that each of my six children has two names, so why shouldn't Kucher have two names too? I told the mother that what happened with her daughter was a true sign that Jesus is alive and still performs miracles. He is the hope of the world. I told Kucher that she needs to go back home and tell her people that Jesus healed her and gave her a new heart. To God be the glory.

Small Hole in Heart Remains

Posted on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was in hospital today for a follow-up echocardiogram, which showed all is well and her healing is astounding. Doctor is happy about the continued reduction of her blood pressure. They're saying if it stabilises at a satisfactory level, they will use a catheterization process to close a small hole in her heart which still remains.

Kucher is pictured here with Kale (left), Lozan (middle), and Pastor Philip.

Encouraged By Praying Friends

Posted on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 01:00 by Danielle_Parish

For those who have been following the miraculous story of Kucher, you know that God is moving in amazing ways in her life. It was a pleasure to share with Kucher that many American children are praying for her and her healing. Kucher and her mother were greatly encouraged by this news and they enjoyed seeing the picture of praying friends from across the world. Kuchers diagnosis is quite good and she continues to progress, although doctors are still wanting to keep watch on her, her diet and any fluid accumulation. Continue to pray for both her and her mother as they wait for news that Kucher is free to return home.

Simantov describes Kucher's beach trip on Sunday:

Kucher, Kale and Sana were all anxious to get out of the apartment, so off we went, first to the zoo. This proved to involve too much walking for Kucher and Sana. So from there we went to the beach.

Everyone at least got their feet wet and the kids were picking up shells and building little sand castles.

All three of the moms were feeling embarrassed about the way the other girls on the beach were immodestly dressed in bikinis. I tend to agree!

Released from Hospital

Posted on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 01:00 by Philip_Saa

We continue to rejoice in the Lord for what He is doing in the life of Kucher.

Today she was released from the hospital with a big smile, but not before visiting the hospital's mall and spending some time with Sharon, my daughter.

Let us continue praying for Kucher and rejoice in her fast recovery.

Kucher Will Not Need APermanent Pacemaker

Posted on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 01:00 by Philip_Saa

Let us now bless the Lord and praise His holy name. "Kucher is recovering beautifully. In fact, we are surprised by her fast recovery. In one or two days she might leave the hospital!" These are the words that Dr. Shwartz told me right after this morning's echo. Praise the Lord.

You may remember that Kucher's open-heart surgery was very serious and critical, and doctors thought that she might need to stay for about six months in Haifa and need long-term, very expensive medication. Well, we challenged that medical evaluation. We went to the Lord in prayer and fasting, and many of you joined us in this intercessory time. God, our loving and mighty Father, heard our prayers and the surgery was successful.

Later on, the doctors said the high blood pressure in Kucher's lungs dropped a lot. This last week, they were thinking of inserting a pacemaker. But we continued to pray. This morning--the first day of the week--my wife and I prayed that Kucher would not need this battery in her body. Well, they told me that she will not need it! Praise the Lord!

Kucher may leave the hospital very soon. I told Dr. Shwartz and Dr. Khoury this morning that this is our job and task--to intercede for the patients, and our living Lord hears our prayers. Dr. Shwartz said, "Well, you have succeeded." To Him be the glory.

P.S. Kucher is happy to hear the good news.

Pacemaker to be Implanted on Sunday

Posted on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was up and out of bed today, sitting with Sana. When we visited in the morning she was in bed, but this afternoon when we went to see Sana, Kucher was up and about carrying her external pacemaker. The doctor told me today that Kucher will have to have a pacemaker implanted on a permanent basis, as her heart has not been able to pace itself properly. The surgery for this procedure is scheduled for Sunday.

Out of ICU

Posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 07:47 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher has left ICU and is in the children's ward of the hospital today. Even though we know she is glad to be out of ICU, Kucher appeared sad today. Kucher remains on an external pacemaker and doctors are hoping for her heart beat to stabilise soon. Otherwise, the nurse said all of her vitals are excellent and Kucher's recovery is going very well.

Expensive Medication May Not Be Needed

Posted on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher remains in I.C.U. but is feeling fine and is waiting for her heart rhythm to stabilise to normal.

Doctor says she is doing very well and may not even need the expensive medicine they once thought would be necessary for a long time.

Help from an External Pacemaker

Posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was still in I.C.U. today when I visited her. She is receiving some outside help through an external pacemaker, because her heart's rhythm is still not right. She is, however, feeling much better. Doctors are hoping that maybe tomorrow she will be moved out of I.C.U.