Laween's Heart Surgery

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Laween Says Goodbye To Israel

Posted on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 22:33 by Stephanie Ventura

Last night we celebrated Laween

Laween Now Racing Homeward

Posted on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 21:50 by ryan

Expectations were high today as Laween headed into what was potentially her final heart echo. Before heading to Wolfson for her appointment, however, we made a slight detour to nearby Jaffa. Our Israeli partner, Save A Child's Heart, was hosting a photo gallery, displaying the beauty and unorthodoxy of Jewish and Arab relations made possible through saving the lives of children. Laween's mother, full of gratitude, jumped at the opportunity to document this moment with the wonderful doctors who helped rescue her own daughter. Pictured below from left to right are Dr. Tamir, mother and daughter, Dr. Alona, and Dr. Olivia.

The echo results did not disappoint, and Laween was released with a clean bill of health. "Before her (two) surgeries, I was not happy," Dr. Alona stated. "But now, I am happy! Her heart is really good now." The VSDs and mitral valve issue have been fully resolved, and she will return home with only one medication for an additional month. The Shevet community will soon celebrate Laween's journey in Israel and God's faithful healing with a special farewell party. And then before we realize it, Laween will be racing home faster than the motorcycle pictured at top can take her.

Almost Home

Posted on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 17:53 by Stephanie Ventura

Laween had one of her final two echoes this morning. Her mother had high hopes that it would be her last, but it was decided that another follow-up to triple check her medication is necessary. The doctors are keen on making sure that she is benefitting to the max from the dosage that she is currently on.

Overall, she is healing well and is potentially looking forward to rejoining her family in Kurdistan sometime next week if her last echo brings more good news.


Echo Shows That Laween's Heart Is Healing

Posted on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 22:01 by Stephanie Ventura

We received great news today at Laween

Leaving the Hospital for Jerusalem

Posted on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 22:53 by Mary_Dailey

Kristina, Micha and I brought Laween back to Shevet Achim tonight. After two surgeries, she was happy to return and the other families were anxiously waiting for her. The doctors said Laween

Laween Making Progress In Her Recovery

Posted on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 20:04 by Kristina Kayser

Friday morning, Stephanie and I found Laween and her mother still in Wolfson's ICU. Both were sound asleep until a nurse walked over to administer a medication. The two opened their eyes groggily but seemed to take comfort in seeing familiar faces.

The first question Laween's mother asked was whether or not the surgery went well. "Please ask the doctor," she added. I was struck by the challenge our Kurdish mothers face with poor communication, particularly regarding the health of their child. It is truly a privilege to be an advocate and a voice for these parents who cannot converse with the hospital staff. The challenge we face at Shevet, however, is finding a doctor who is willing and able to answer our questions. The reason for this is often that our doctors work long hours with many children to care for. Nevertheless, I was able to speak briefly with Dr. Tamir, who was pleased with Laween's surgery results. At this point, she requires no further repair and is fully recovering without complication. Praise God!

Good news for Laween continued as the day progressed. Her chest tubes were removed in the early afternoon and she was soon transferred out of ICU to the pediatric floor. This means that she is past the critical stage and now requires less care. While her mother appeared grateful, Laween was less than amused. Her two companions, a doll and heart-shaped balloon, do provide some cheer along with her mother's affection. My hope is that as we pray for Laween, her heart will increase in joy as well as in healing.

Laween's Second Operation Is Successful

Posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 20:05 by Kristina Kayser

Quiet Jerusalem streets greeted me this morning on my way to Wolfson for Laween's second surgery. The early hours of dawn always seem to hold so much promise and potential for the day to come. I felt sure of this for Laween, and God proved to be faithful once again. Just minutes before I arrived at the hospital, she has been transported downstairs to the operating room (OR). I regretted not being with them at that moment, but it gave me a few minutes to reflect and pray. I wondered how daughter and mother were feeling, having been through the same traumatic event just nine days ago. Would Laween be more fearful than before, with painful memories fresh on her mind? Would her mother's knowledge bring greater confidence or greater anxiety this time around? When Laween's mother suddenly walked into the lobby, one look at her face told me that previous experience minimizes neither a parent

Laween's Second Operation Scheduled for Tomorrow

Posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 00:00 by Stephanie Ventura

Doctors will not take Laween into catheterization as planned, but instead take her straight to surgery Thursday morning. Dr. Alona confirmed that the surgery will help repair the area of her mitral valve that is working in a reverse. Laween

Doctors Considering Second Surgery for Laween

Posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 00:00 by Co-authored

(This blog was co-authored by Shevet coworkers Kristina Kayser and Stephanie Ventura)

Shevet staff was met with some difficult news at Wolfson pertaining to Laween

Laween Recovering Slowly from Surgery

Posted on Sun, 11/20/2011 - 00:00 by Stephanie Ventura

Five-year old Laween has been recovering well from her surgery, but certainly not as quickly as she and her mother would have liked. Today at the hospital I noticed that Laween had a small heart monitor attached to her body, and when these are distributed to post-surgery children, doctors wish to measure any irregularities in the child