Noor's Heart Surgery

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Noor's Surgery Delayed Until Monday

Posted on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 00:13 by Elena Canler

As the morning sun arose over Israel, little Noor and her mother woke to the news that her surgery would in fact not be today, but delayed until Monday. Jeff and I ventured to their side at Wolfson hospital, intending to be with Noor

Noor Admitted for Heart Surgery

Posted on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 21:29 by Donna_West

A struggle to get border papers for a child from Gaza resulted in an instant invitation to fill the surgery schedule with one of our Iraqi children, Noor. It was a great surprise for Noor's mother. Everything was gathered together in anticipation of what may be needed during the next 4-5 days in the hospital, and we were off to the hospital by mid-afternoon.
Many prayers have been offered on their behalf over the past days and Noor and her mother appeared quite calm as I left them in the ward with a brief visit from Ali and his mother. Thank you, Lord, for working on their behalf and be with the family in Gaza that still awaits their admission.

Noor Turns 3 In The Hospital

Posted on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 01:00 by Kristina Kayser

Shakespeare's Juliet once mused, "What's in a name?" For Noor, there is beautiful significance in her name, which means "light" in Arabic. This small "light" from Kurdistan has taken shelter in the land for which Isaiah prophesied would draw nations and kings to itself with "the brightness of [her] rising" (Isaiah 60:3). 
As Noor settled into her first full day in Israel on Friday, she became quite feverish. Rest, fluids, and medicine held the fever at bay for a while. However, a spike in her temperature found us on the road to Tel Aviv late in the afternoon. It was at this point, that Donna, fellow Shevet member, and I realized that it was Noor's third birthday! Her mother then cheerfully exclaimed in broken English, "Today, Noor's Christmas!" I absolutely love this statement. Perhaps her mother didn't understand "Christmas" to represent the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but how lovely to connect this day of christening with her own daughter's entrance into the world. As we sang "Happy Birthday" to Noor, tears streamed down her mother's face. 
No mother wishes her child to celebrate in a hospital ward, especially one that is far from home. After vitals and a brief history were taken, Donna went to work on collecting some special treats to brighten her day. Despite most of the stores being closed for Shabbat, a candy-filled balloon and chocolate cookies were found and presented to Noor. She loved the rainbow sprinkle candy so much that she was eating it right out of her mother's hand! Of course this made her mother laugh, and the dismal hospital room was suddenly filled with light. 
Dr. Iyal decided to admit Noor for the weekend, treat her fever, and try to find out the source of the problem. By this time, Noor had fallen sound asleep, and more light filled the room as her mother made phone calls home to Iraq, her face reflecting the joy of hearing familiar voices. 
The Shabbat sun set over the hills and plains of Israel as Noor's small body rested and healed at Wolfson Hospital. She was tested initially for tonsillitis and other bacterial infections, but these came back negative. Dr. Iyal surmised that Noor had most likely contracted a virus but was stable now. Thus, Donna and I returned to bring her and a very grateful mother home today. We arrived at the hospital just as Noor's first echocardiogram was being completed. The echo machine provides doctors with a glimpse into the inner workings of the heart. Using 2D imagery, the cardiologist was able to confirm Noor's diagnosis of Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition is a potentially fatal, yet resolvable heart defect that requires the precision of a skilled surgeon. 
Although she looks petite, this three-year-old can put up a pretty good fight. Due to being "uncooperative" according the cardiologist, a mild sedative was given to help the doctors examine her heart in peace and quiet.  Noor woke up from her slumber during the echo with the news that she could return home with us. The doctor was happy with the results, stating that she has good pulmonary function, meaning that her surgery shouldn't be too complicated. Noor

A Day of Beginnings for Noor

Posted on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 23:44 by Kristina Kayser

Noor is a beautiful three-year-old girl from northern Kurdistan. Dressed in a matching polka-dot outfit and pigtails, Noor was ready to greet the land of Israel. It was so lovely to welcome her and her mother into the country and see how excited they were to have finally arrived! As I escorted them across the border from Jordan into Israel, we had lots of time to get to know one another. Noor loves creating things with her hands, whether it

Noor from Northern Iraq

Posted on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 14:03 by iamadmin

Noor from northern Iraq is  nearly three years old and very blue from her heart defect of Tetralogy of Fallot. The oxygen level in her blood is only 81% of normal. Without surgery she cannot live long; with surgery, with God