Kucher's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Surgery Delayed

Posted on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was scheduled for surgery this morning, but at the last minute doctors announced her surgery would be delayed due to the lack of an available bed in the ICU. Apparently an emergency patient went into ICU this morning, and took the only available bed. But Kucher was just enjoying the Purim festivities as various volunteer groups came into her ward painting faces and handing out other goodies for Purim. (Purim is the Jewish holiday celebrating the story of Esther.)

New Haircut for Tomorrow's Surgery

Posted on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was admitted into hospital today and is scheduled for her long awaited surgery tomorrow morning. She even went out and had a hair cut yesterday.

Kucher has a smile that lights up the room. She is a special girl who I believe has a great destiny that lies ahead. Her condition is complicated and she will require long-term medication. But the Lord is able to heal, and that is what we are praying and believing for.

Please pray for Kucher as she goes into surgery Wednesday morning about 8:30 am...

Surgery Expected in One Week

Posted on Mon, 03/10/2008 - 00:00 by Philip_Saa

In one week Kucher will, God willing, have her surgery. The doctors say that the surgery will be okay, but the follow-up will be quite difficult. See, she should have gone through this surgery a long time ago, and now the damage in her lungs is irreversible! Since her birth, she has had high blood pressure in the left ventricle. The large hole between the two ventricles and the low blood pressure in the left one caused the lungs to be flooded with blood, and the artery walls became thick and less elastic. In other words, she has very high blood pressure in the lungs.

The surgery would close the hole between the two ventricles, but the high pressure in the lungs is irreversible. This means she needs to take a special medication for the rest of her life. It would cost, in Israel, about $3000 a month! This may help her live another 20 years but then she would need a heart and lungs transplant.

Kucher is not only beautiful, but very clever. She has already learned to sing about the glory of the Lord. She told me she wants to be a pediatrician! I do believe she will. In fact, I see her in faith as a doctor like my two daughters whom I love very much.

I believe that you and I can make this hope come true, first in our prayers that a miracle will take place as the doctors work on her, and second if we give and provide for her medication. In any case Kucher will need to stay in Haifa for a long time for her recovery. I am thinking that by God's grace she would attend one of our local schools during this time of recovery, where she would improve her Arabic and learn Hebrew as well.

Let us commit this beautiful girl into the mighty and good hands of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Kucher Recovering As Doctors Weigh Results

Posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 06:47 by Simantov_Allalouf

Brave Kucher came through her catheterization today "very smoothly," according to cardiologist Avraham Lorber. But his initial evaluation is that she seems inoperable, because today's measurements showed that oxygen therapy and medication didn't succeed in reducing the pulmonary hypertension which developed during the years she went untreated.

Lorber and his team still want a few days to complete their study of today's data, as multiple tests were done while Kucher was on room air, on oxygen, and also under medication. Then they will meet to decide her verdict: returning home untreated, or attempting high-risk surgery.

Philip Saa'd, pastor of the Haifa Baptist Church which is hosting Kucher and her mother, has been following the case closely. Tonight he reports: "I left Kucher doing fine. She is lying down, ordered not to move until tomorrow morning. Her mother is a brave woman, very calm and quiet."

Thank you for continuing to pray with us and look for redemption in this difficult situation.

Tomorrow's Catheterization Determines Her Future

Posted on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 00:00 by Philip_Saa

Kucher will undergo heart catheterization tomorrow at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. We admitted her yesterday morning, an unusual step but doctors wanted her to have oxygen treatment for two days before the catheterization.

When she had her first echocardiogram the doctor told me it was "a pity that she missed her train." When I asked what he meant, he said Kucher should have had surgery years ago. "I still have a little hope," he continued, "and Thursday we will know exactly."

The catheterization measurements will tell doctors whether there is possibility to still operate on Kucher; otherwise she "will go back like she came," and doctors say her only unlikely hope for longer life would be in future heart-lung transplantation.

Watching this girl running and jumping, smiling and singing, she looks healthy. But the doctors know better. I have asked our church in Haifa to start fasting and praying for Kucher. I told one Israeli doctor this is why we minister to these people--"we believe Dr. Jesus will help you helping these children."

Please join us in praying, and we will update this page Thursday night with the test results.

Kucher Dreams of Helping Others Who Are Ill

Posted on Mon, 02/18/2008 - 00:00 by Shevet Volunteer

Kucher has reached our team in Jordan en route to her treatment in Israel. Being in a different and unfamiliar place eleven-year-old Kucher still seems apprehensive. Yet with the knowledge that she has been sponsored with all the money needed for her operation, and with her mother there to look after her, she is doing fine.

Kucher is the eldest girl of five children. She was born in a mixed city in Iraq which is not a safe place to live; bombs go off every day there and Kuchers mum says they are very scared. Kucher's father works as a nurse but still they are a very poor family.

Despite this Kucher does very well at school and loves learning any subject put under her nose. Her dream is to go to medical school and become a doctor so she can help people who are very ill. Because of the chance this operation will give her she has the possibility to see her dreams come true. Her mother tells us that she does everything she can to help her children do well at school so that one day they can leave Iraq and have a safe life.

Kucher Recovering Very Well

Posted on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kucher was resting in I.C.U. today, off the respirator and with her infection pretty much gone. The nurse said she was recovering very well and might even be well enough to go into the children's ward of the hospital tomorrow. For all who were praying, we thank you and give praises unto the Lord for answering.

Successful Surgery Follows Resurrection Week

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

On Tuesday March 25 Kucher was finally admitted to the hospital for the surgery doctors once feared impossible, and on Wednesday she went through the operation. Dr. Mishali, the main surgeon, told me that the surgery was successful, praise the Lord.

Some of you may know that Kucher's heart condition was quite serious. The doctors have told us that the surgery was not the problem, but the follow-up medication she will need is the serious matter.

Because of her previous heart condition, Kucher is still in the ICU, connected with the breathing machine and as of this morning she runs a little high fever.
Please keep praying for her recovery, that her dreams would come true (she wants to be a pediatrician), and that she will be a witness of our Lord's love and healing power.

Just prior to Kucher's surgery, the three Iraqi families who are in Haifa joined us in the several Holy Week services. They attended the morning of Palm Sunday and Kucher, Lozan and Kale marched with our children holding their flowers and candles.

They also attended our special Friday evening service, in which we all read the story of our Lord's death for the sins of the world. The Iraqi mothers with their daughters then joined us for the whole Easter Sunday. At the morning service, Kucher and Lozan sang a special song in Arabic titled "Come Jesus and be the Lord of my life."

After the service they came to our house with other church members and we all had a great Easter meal, then we together watched the Jesus film; two Iraqi ladies started crying when they watched the event of the crucifixion. It was a glorious day, praise the Lord.