Rasan 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

No More Vomiting

Posted on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Today I went to see Rasan. When I got there, his mom was going up for a meeting with one of the doctors, so I went to visit Alaa. After I had stayed awhile with Alaa and her mom, I stopped in to see Rasan.

The doctor told Rasan's mother that he was going to do surgery on Rasan's cleft palate within four weeks. He is not vomiting anymore, but now is having diarrhea, which is causing him to lose weight. They have replaced his feeding tube with a different material hoping this will help solve the problem.

He has new casts on his legs that are not as flexible. But that doesn't seem to keep him from kicking...

Please pray for Rasan that God will let the doctors know what's causing this diarrhea and that He will heal him either through the doctors or give him a divine healing. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this baby didn't even have to have a feeding tube, and was able to drink his formula from a bottle and eat baby food? I know his mom would rejoice and praise God for that.

A Contented Baby

Posted on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Rasan is doing well except he's still having trouble with a little vomiting and a slight infection. He is only taking one medication now and seems like a contented little baby. He was sleeping most of the time when I was there today. He had an echo and some other tests. They are going to check his legs within a couple of days. Thanks so much for your prayers and support.

Still Searching For Cause Of Vomiting

Posted on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel
During this afternoon's visit with Rasan, I found him happy and engaging. He continues to kick his legs even with the casts on them, and is reaching for toys and playing with them and wiggling himself around in his bed. He has come a very long way, and we thank God for this progress.

However, Rasan is still vomiting, and there is still not a diagnosis of exactly what is causing the problem. This is causing a lot of anxiety for his mother. The doctors are still discussing what to do to solve this problem, and have suggested that replacing the feeding peg in his stomach with one made of a different material might help. They also wanted to do a test with a tube down his throat to test the Ph in his stomach, but because of the tendency to vomit, felt this could be dangerous. We hope to find out more detailed information about the next steps in this process in the coming day or two.

Will you please join in prayer for God to heal Rasan's problem with vomiting? Please pray for peace for his mother who has a hard time not worrying about the problems and needed solutions for her son. She is also missing her older son and husband at home. We know that God is near to the weak and weary, and wants them to know His comfort. May Rasan's mother find herself settled by the love of God as she waits and cares for her son.

Playful and Smiley

Posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Rasan is doing very well, besides having trouble with some vomiting. He is very playful and smiley. Today he was playing with a toy hanging from a lamp near his bed and pulled it down toward him. His mother quickly moved it, and he kept right on playing. He really loves one particular nurse, pictured in the photo above.

Rasan May Need Stomach Surgery

Posted on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

Each visit with Rasan finds him getting stronger and growing developmentally as well as in size. He is playing with soft toys in his bed, cooing and smiling, and also kicking his legs. The new casts on his legs to correct his clubfeet have not slowed him down - they are made of lightweight, stretchy fabric so they can grow with him but not encumber him.

But for now, Rasan continues to have problems with vomiting and therefore has not been able to gain much weight. The doctors have been trying to find the cause of the vomiting but so far have not determined it. This week they will do another test on his upper digestive tract to look for reasons for the vomiting, and are considering a surgery based on the results of the test. The news of possible surgery has his mother very concerned, even though for now stopping the vomiting is her focus. Let us ask God to give revelation to the doctors as they search for the cause of the vomiting so they will know what to do. Please pray for Rasan's mother as she is waiting for the decisions and results of the tests; she is weary and needs perseverance. Keep praying for little Rasan as he continues to grow and develop under God's provision for his care.

Running A Fever, Vomiting Occasionally

Posted on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 00:00 by Nancy_Bell

Sweet little Rasan continues to vomit at times and consequently is losing weight. He is running a fever and is not sleeping during the night. A medical resident reported that Rasan's case will be reviewed by the full staff on Wednesday morning to determine the next steps in his care in regards to his digestive problems, his clubbed feet and the rash on his face.

Please continue to pray for little Rasan to digest his feedings so he can gain strength and move forward in his recovery, and to sleep through the night.

A Strong Grip

Posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 00:00 by Catriona_Logan

Nancy and I stopped in at TelHaShomerHospital today, to visit with Rasan and Alaa, and found Rasan looking pretty good. His mother said that he had again started to vomit, which isn't so good, but otherwise he seems to be doing well after his heart surgery.

He still requires further evaluation regarding his cleft palate and clubbed feet surgery, and his mother hopes that decisions will be made about that soon.

He was very alert, and smiling, and is a lovely little boy. We know he's getting stronger, as his grip is very good he grasped our fingers quite strongly, and kicked his blankets off regularly.

We left him sleeping peacefully, and look forward to seeing him again on our next visit to Tel HaShomer.

Please pray that the right decisions will be made about any further surgeries/assistance for him, and for his mother to be patient as she seems frustrated about the length of time it's taking for these discussions and decisions to happen.

Rasan's Big Brother Misses Him

Posted on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

I arrived at the hospital so early this morning that I found Rasan and his mother still sleeping. Once awake, the doctors told us that if Rasans heart were his only problem, he would be released to go home soon. He has responded really well to the feeding tube and seems to be gaining weight slowly. However, due to his cleft palate and clubbed feet he remains in the hospital. Today he looked better than ever!

Today his mother was especially worried that they would be sent back to Iraq now that he has a healthy heart, but as we were leaving the hospital this afternoon we were informed that Rasan had an appointment with a doctor this afternoon to discuss fixing his cleft palate. This seemed to calm her fears.

As we sat and waited for Rasans appointment I pulled out my computer and Rasans mother asked to check her email. As she opened her first email, tears began to stream down her face. I turned the computer around to see pictures of her other son back in Iraq holding a picture of Rasan in the hospital. It has been nearly four months since she has seen her family back home.

Now that Rasans heart is healthy, please pray that the hospital will be willing to correct all of his problems and that Rasan and his mother might be reunited with their family soon.

Gaining Weight With FeedingTube

Posted on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 01:00 by Mary_Dailey

Our visit with Rasan was very uplifting. He's so little--he doesn't look like he's nine months old. He is doing really well. When we came in he was lying on his side raising his little leg... so cute. Donna brought him a little hand knitted teddy bear with bright colors and there was a little white lamb that went "baa." He was reaching for these and he was smiling a lot. He was moving around quite a lot which is good. His mother bathed him and we put him in his stroller and took him down to the waiting room in ICU.

I watched him while his mother went to see Alaa and her mother. Alaa's mother came up to their room for awhile and Rasan's mother was encouraging her to be strong and wait patiently.

Rasan is not eating from a bottle or a spoon yet but is being fed through a feeding tube. They have increased his feeding 80 milliliters each time. He's gaining weight and looks like he's trying to make baby sounds. His coloring is good and he is a happy little baby. His mother is taking good care of him. He is so precious and although I couldn't speak their language, his mother could speak some English so we felt really at ease with each other. Rasan and I bonded immediately.

All of these improvements and healings come from your prayers and support. We know God is the healer, but we know He says that we must ask to receive and that He uses us for supplying the needs. This is what His love is all about. I believe it is just awesome that God would honor us by letting us be a part of this ministry of healing His children.

IV Feedings Continue During Fever

Posted on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 01:00 by Donna_Petrel

The last time I was able to visit Rasan, I found him sleeping peacefully, but today, he was peacefully awake. He seemed very contented, although it was clear he would have enjoyed being able to take a bottle, as he was continually moving his mouth as though he were eating. He smiled for us quite a bit, and seemed glad to see his friend Cristiano again, watching him continuously.

Because Rasan has been running a fever, doctors decided to continue his feedings with IV only, rather than beginning again with the feeding tube. So far he has been receiving the IV feedings for six days. The intermediate ICU staff said they do not know the cause of the fever. Rasan's mother is very anxious for her son to be able to eat again.

Please keep both of them in your prayers. The continual waiting and care-giving requires 24/7 perseverance; let us cover this with 24/7 prayer for them.