Rasan 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Answer Expected On Sunday

Posted on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

Today at Schneider Hospital we spent the day meeting with a cardiologist in order to get clearance for Rasan's cleft palate surgery. His mother seems to be in good spirits as she continually waits for an answer concerning her son. The hospital said they will inform us on Sunday whether or not he will be able to undergo this surgery. There is a chance that, because of Rasan's former heart condition and his pacemaker, putting him under anesthesia would be too dangerous.

Please continue to pray for Rasan and his mother as they wait for an answer.

Hospitals Can't Get Me Down

Posted on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

We set out from Jerusalem early this morning, with the objective of finally clarifying if and where Rasan should have his cleft palate repaired. Three hospitals and eight hours later, we seem to be moving toward a date of February 8 at the Schneider Childrens Medical Center. But first Rasan will have to pass a battery of heart, lung, ENT, and blood tests to ensure that he is capable of withstanding another surgery. These tests will start tomorrow.

Today Rasan was in good spirits, and generally kicking his feet and smiling throughout the long day. He is an intelligent and cheerful little guy, and looking into his face one knows that all the work involved in caring for him is well worthwhile.

Plastic Surgeon Willing To Help

Posted on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Today Justina and I took Rasan and his mother to visit Dr Golan, chief plastic surgeon in Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem. He expressed willingness to help and agreed to arrange an appointment with an anesthesiologist and pediatrician who need to be included in consultation before any decision can be made regarding the repair of the small cleft palate. Meanwhile, Rasan smiled and cooed at Dr Golan, blissfully unaware of the issues being discussed about him.

Please pray for Mum, who is distressed that the arrangements are taking so long and the outcome is by no means certain in any hospital. Rasan's cardiac status is anything but stable and the risk of putting him to sleep very high. Also pray for peaceful decisions to be reached by our team to the bring many ends together and see what, if anything, should be done.

Cheeky Rasan Moving Toward Cleft Palate Repair

Posted on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Tonight his mother complained to me that Rasan was always wanting to play. He has a cheeky grin on his face and kicks with enthusiasm trying to move around, thus strengthening his legs within the moulds needed to straighten his club feet.

Today I was in contact with Dr Golan, chief of the Plactic Surgery Department of the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem and he has agreed to see Rasan with a view to cleft palate repair surgery. As expected, after many disappointments his mother takes a "we'll believe it when we see it" attitude. We have an appointment on Tuesday 12 midday to meet with Dr Golan's team. They are willing to do this surgery free of charge at only the hospital's cost, and were interested in knowing more about Shevet. Please pray that there will be an anesthesiologist willing to take on Rasan, who has an internal pacemaker and his heart surgery has left him with potential complications for any future anesthesia. This Dr.Golan sees is the greatest problem. Pray for the Lord's peace to rest on his mother as she tries to wait patiently for his surgery.

Cheering Up Rasan

Posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Today I took Rasan and his mum to revisit the orthopedic surgeon in Tel HaShomer hospital for further assessment of his club feet. In the corridor waiting he was entertained by the local hospital clowns!

The doctor put a special Dennis Brown splint onto shoes which his mother had bought with her from Iraq, and explained that Rasan needed to wear them most of the time with no more than an hour's gap. This information was greeted without enthusiasm by Rasan's mother, but after wearing the splint/shoes for a few minutes he took to them with no problems. Pray that he will bear weight with his legs and therefore the pressure will straighten his feet.

Please pray for Rasan and his mum as the time for them here has stretched to nearly half a year and still no appointmeent for his cleft palate surgery. It has been promised for tomorrow but we continue to trust the Lord. May His mercy and grace surround this whole family.

A Step Closer to Cleft Palate Surgery

Posted on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

At last Rasan was able to keep his long awaited appointment at the Schneider Children's Hospital today. His Mum was filled with a mixture of anxiety and excitement as she met Dr Kalish, a very friendly plastic surgeon who examined Rasan and agreed that his cleft palate needed surgery. Following consultation with Rasan's heart surgeon, Dr. Kalish agreed to do the procedure. He said it would only require a few days in hospital and the training of his Mum in how to feed him before discharge. The administrative process has now begun and it is hoped a clear date for surgery will be given next week.

Pray for Rasan who is nearing the end of a year long journey to wellness and health. His need is urgent if he is to grow normally and get the nourishment his little body needs. This can only happen as he learns to eat again after the surgery. He has never eaten normally.

Rasan needs prayer support from his many friends around the world and financial support is much needed to see him able to return to Iraq soon fully restored with his new healed heart and restored mouth, throat and nose. May true shalom (wholeness of body, mind and spirit) soon be Rasan's experience.

A Day of Disappointments And Trust

Posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

This morning saw Rasan's mother packed and all excited. Today was the day she was taking her son to Tel HaShomer hospital, with the cleft palate surgery planned for tomorrow. The excitement evaporated, however, when Alex broke the news that the hospital was asking for more funds for the palate repair than we felt it appropriate to pay. This news brought tears to her eyes and while Rasan slept unaware in the next room, Alex explained that two other Israeli hospitals had offered the surgery for a much reduced rate. With reluctance, Rasan's mother agreed to wait until tomorrow, when it would become clear whether they went to the town of Zefat in northern Israel or to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, in Jerusalem.

Please pray for clarity of what to do and for peace to reign in Rasan's mom's heart. Pray for these two surgeons who have offered to operate free of charge,
and therefore half the cost. Let us "wait on the Lord" and remember He has it all in control, since the Lord loves little Rasan and his mother so much. We expect a decision early tomorrow.

Cleft Palate Surgery Scheduled for Next Week

Posted on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

This morning after returning from an errand I got the marvelous news that Tel HaShomer Hospital had called to let us know that Rasan's cleft palate surgery is on schedule for next week! Praise God for answered prayers!! Rasan's mother had tears of joy on her face as she told me about it and we thanked God for this good news. Later in the day the other mothers got word that their children's surgeries were also scheduled for the coming few days -- meaning all four of the babies here at the house will be admitted to the hospital within the next four days, and by the end of the fifth day, they will have had at least the beginning of their treatment. For Rasan, this is the final procedure he will need before returning home, and his mother's relief is evident. As you can imagine, this has been a very exciting day at our house! The mothers had decided to have a cake this evening, so it became the center of a celebration for the good news that each of them would soon go for the surgeries they came for.

Please keep praying for Rasan and his mother during this 'home-stretch' season of perseverance and stamina and patience which is needed. We know God's timing is perfect, and He has sustained Rasan's mom during her long stay here as she advocated for everything her son needed while he was under the care of Israel's excellent medical system. Rasan is happy and growing stronger by the day - it is amazing to watch! How gracious God is to give them a rest here at the house with the other mothers and babies before sending them back for Rasan's last surgery. Trust with us that the surgery will be a supernatural success which will bring God glory for His wondrous ways.

Graduating To Orthopedic Shoes; Waiting For Cleft Palate Surgery

Posted on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

Since Rasan's arrival last week, we have been working together to settle him and his mother into our house so that Rasan's mom is comfortable here and able to attend to his feeding with the Kangaroo machine. When he left the hospital, the dietitian adjusted the formula Rasan is taking, hoping to prevent the feeding tube from clogging in any way, and this change caused some diarrhea. After some discussion with the dietitians and physicians, we got permission to change the formula again, so that it was closer to the recipe he was using in the hospital. This change stopped the diarrhea, and also his mother's anxiety over it. Even though Rasan has had this problem, he is typically contented and curious, smiling, kicking his legs and playing with toys.

Yesterday we joined Rasan and his mother, along with Havan and Elaf and their moms, for a special dinner to celebrate the Muslim holiday which had just begun. Because they are not with their families, they wanted to share the meal with us, so we joined them. I found it an interesting scene as we shared their special food while they played a music CD we'd given them as background music.

Today Rasan was back at Tel HaShomer hospital for a check up on the healing of his club feet. We were thankful for the good report from the doctor who told us that Rasan could graduate to orthopedic shoes with a bar to control the angle of his feet. The nurse brought the smallest shoes she had, but they were still too large for Rasan's tiny feet. At that time we found out that Rasan's mother had purchased some shoes in Iraq before she knew she would get treatment here, so we are to take them back when Rasan goes for his next appointment in three weeks. We also spoke to the dietitian again to verify the formula change given us by phone over the weekend, and got the approval to continue as is since the diarrhea has stopped.

The only disappointment of the day was when we thought we might hear from the surgeon who will do the cleft palate surgery tentatively scheduled for next week. We were not able to spea
k with him, but we spoke to a nurse on the ward who informed us that there will not be a decision about the surgery until Sunday. Rasan's mother was frustrated by this answer as she is anxious to know Rasan is strong enough for the surgery, and to know that all the procedures he needs can be done so they can go home. We are all thanking God for the way the hospital has helped us help Rasan with his numerous health problems, but are hoping with her that the cleft palate repair can be done very soon.

Please pray for Rasan and especially his mother as we wait for the decision on Sunday about his surgery. Rasan's mom is very tired of being away from home for so long, and at the same time anxious to stay as long as necessary to receive the wonderful care here for all of Rasan's needs. The combination of this stress sometimes causes her to wear herself out. Will you pray for her to know the God of all peace so that she will understand how He wants to carry this load for her? We desire this most of all.

Rasan Released With 'Kangaroo'

Posted on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Monday we were scheduled to pick up Rasan from the hospital after we secured the 'kangaroo.' The kangaroo is a feeding device that will enable Rasan to continue to be fed through the feeding tube inserted in his stomach while he is away from the hospital. We wouldn't be able to bring Rasan back to Jerusalem without it. We were able to get the device later in the day so we decided to postpone Rasan's trip back to Jerusalem by one more day.

Tuesday morning Donna was in contact with Rasan's mother to confirm that she was ready to come back to Jerusalem. With much hesitation and reluctance she confirmed that she would be ready.

We arrived at the hospital late in the afternoon. For many reasons, Rasan's mother was very reluctant to leave the hospital. She was afraid that he would begin to vomit again after he was released, or that the doctors would forget about the final surgery to correct his cleft palate. She was a strong woman with the ability to put her fears aside.

Rasan and his mother were dressed very nicely for the occasion. We made our way out of the hospital saying good-bye to many doctors and nurses along the way. With every good-bye she assured each of them that she would be back.

Rasan and his mother are now in Jerusalem waiting for Rasan's final surgery. Please continue to pray for them, for Rasan's healing and for his mother as she anxiously awaits the day she has a completely healthy son.