Nyan's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq


Posted on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 23:18 by Ruth Zellweger

Even though Nyan is still in the ICU with her chest open, she is stabilizing with each hour. If she continues to be stable over the night with no more arrhythmia, the surgeons very likely will close her chest tomorrow. 

We are thankful for God's hand on little Nyan. We know that He is watching over her and takes good care of her. And while Nyan is stabilizing and recovering in the ICU, her father is spending the nights at our home in Jaffa. May we soon see Nyan awake and well. 

God is Always With Us

Posted on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 20:56 by Camila Buitrago
Early in the morning, together with Alexa, we walked to the hospital to accompany Nyan and her father during her surgery.
The colors of the sky at dawn and the cold announced a good day for us. Upon arriving to the hospital, Nyan's dad was waiting for us and he was a little nervous and anxious. At 7 o'clock in the morning the nurse came and guided us to the pre-op waiting room.
 While there, Nyan's father changed her diaper, we watched some videos, Nyan cried for a while, and then it was time to go. We walked out to the floor and prepared ourselves for the surgery.
This was my first experience in accompanying a surgery, and I must say that it is a very special moment. In many situations in our lives we ​​can feel fear, but God is always with us showing us his powerful hand regardless of our nationality, beliefs or religion. God loves us all; He loves our souls. Sometimes the things we have every day such as health, and family, we do not value them. We take them for granted, but they really are gifts.
After leaving our beautiful Nyan in the surgery room, we went to have a coffee in the company of Zakariya's father. We talked a long time about our views and beliefs, and our families. It is a great blessing to know that in this part of the world we can share our table together with a common goal: our children's health.
At two in the afternoon Nyan was transferred to the ICU. The surgeons made the decision to leave her chest open to verify the correct functioning of her heart. After half an hour her father was able to see her in the ICU. He was very thrilled and so are we as we journey together with this beautiful family in this important and unforgettable process.

A Surprise Call to Surgery

Posted on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 23:13 by Jonathan Miles

A joyful farewell party tonight for Yaser and Aland had a happy surprise ending: little Nyan was unexpectedly called in for surgery tomorrow morning. The senior surgeon has just returned this evening from a trip abroad, and doctors prefer to kick off the new surgery schedule with a relatively straightforward procedure like Nyan's. We closed the party with a prayerful song, before waving goodbye to Nyan and father:

You are awesome God
Awesome in your love
Awesome in your faithfulness
Awesome in your freedom
Awesome in your healing

CT Day

Posted on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 22:00 by Alexa Bigl

We headed to Wolfson early this morning for Nyan and Mohammed to get CT scans of their hearts. After arriving, the staff soon called Nyan into the nurses' station to have an IV cannula inserted.

The CT scan medicines typically require a large size cannula so the doctor tried twice in Nyan's little hands to properly get the cannula into her vein, but her tiny vessels could not do it. So, we went down to a smaller size. The nurses had some struggles still to get blood and finish taping the IV into place, but eventually it was all settled. 

We then waited only a few minutes before heading down the hall to the CT room. Nyan got her sedation medication and scan very quickly. She then headed to the recovery room to wake up and finally be able to eat. Before 10am she was already back at the children's ward and happily awake with a fully tummy. 
After two more hours of observation, we got a final set of vital signs and then were able to take out the IV. Nyan, her dad, and I walked back to the house from Wolfson. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Nyan's father speaks very good English and we enjoyed our time walking as we spoke about many things, Nyan happily riding in her dad's arms. 
It seems all the initial testing is done for the doctors to develop their surgical plan for Nyan's heart repair. We are looking forward to having father and daughter with us for some quieter days at the house as we wait to hear when her surgery will be scheduled. 

Starting the Process

Posted on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 18:56 by Camila Buitrago
Today we started our process with our new friend Nyan and her father. She is a beautiful princess. Early in the morning we were in the hospital with Ruth and our friend Moshe.
The first exam of the day was an echocardiogram. Before the echo they gave Nyan medicine to sedate her examine her without her moving too much. After a little more than half an hour of waiting, Nyan fell asleep. During the exam, Nyan's father talked quite a bit and explained how they first discovered Nyan had a problem with her heart. Apparently, whenever Nyan would drink milk, she would vomit a lot. So her parents took her to the doctor to find out what was happening. Although not necessarily related to the vomitting, while examining her that doctor discovered Nyan's heart condition and gave her a diagnosis. Otherwise, they might not have known, since no one in their family has a history heart problems.
According to the hospital protocol, the next exam was a PPD.
After this we returned home to share the lunch time with our Jaffa community. Nyan is a beautiful baby and we thank our Father in heaven for giving us the opportunity to help. We appreciate your prayers.

Welcome to Israel!

Posted on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:29 by Eva Markewitz

Nyan and her father arrived this morning at the airport together with two other families!

The father immediately greeted us with a big smile holding little Nyan in his arms.

We went directly hospital for the initial assessments.

It was a long day for they had to go through the blood test, the different examinations and the x-ray. Fortunately, the first echo is delayed for tomorrow morning, so that we were back at the house in the afternoon. Nyan was very tired, she fell asleep as soon as we arrived. I'm sure this smiling little girl and her outgoing and lovely father are going to be a blessing for our community.