Rasan 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Rasan in Critical but Stable Condition

Posted on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 07:50 by Keleigh_Glisson

Rasan came out of surgery around
3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The doctors reported that the hole in his heart that reopened after his previous surgery was once again repaired. Unfortunately, during the surgery they discovered several arteries that were malformed, requiring an additional procedure. In the end, the doctors were able to make a complete repair of Rasans heart, however, they are keeping his chest open for the next few days as a precautionary measure, meaning that God willing he will be in critical but stable condition for at least the remainder of the week.

I am unable to post pictures with this update because Amy has agreed to spend the night at the hospital to tend to Rasans mother. She has really appreciated having Amy by her side. Rasans mother has been staying at the hospital with her son for over a month. She is quite understandably exhausted and worried. Following the surgery today it was difficult for her to go into the ICU and see Rasan in that condition. It has been a really emotional day for her. This evening the doctors informed us that Rasan is critical but stable. They will continue to monitor his condition throughout the evening. Please continue to pray for him as his heart begins to heal.

Rasan's Surgery Postponed One More Day

Posted on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 07:50 by Keleigh_Glisson

Late last night we received a call from a nurse at the hospital informing us that Rasans surgery would be postponed yet again. Much to his mothers disappointment, Rasan still had a very high fever and remained inoperable. This afternoon we received a call from his mother telling us that Rasans fever had gone down and his surgery would take place tomorrow (Thursday July 31). Please continue to pray for Rasan and his mother as Rasan in taken into the operating room again.

Rasan's Surgery Now Set forWednesday

Posted on Tue, 07/29/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Yesterday I went to visit Rasan expecting to be with his mom during his surgery, but found them still in the room. Little Rasan still has not had his second surgery due to a fever. He is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning at 7a.m. His mother is doing okay and is a real trooper, although she is very tired and wants to see her son well. Keep them in your prayers as Rasan's mother is patiently waiting for the second surgery.

Rasan to Second Surgery on Monday

Posted on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 07:50 by Rebecca_Herrick

Rasan will have a second surgery tomorrow at 12 pm to close the hole in his heart. His mother's spirits were high just hoping the surgery will go well tomorrow. He has a fever that has gone down from 40 degrees to 38 degrees Centigrade. Therefore, the doctors feel its ok to operate on Rasan. The past 3-4 days he hasn't been able to keep his food down, but generally he is fine.

The mother was hopeful as she was telling us when Rasan left Iraq he weighed 3.5 kilos and now he weighs 4.5 kilos after one month. August 5th he will turn 7 months. Goran and I prayed with her over her son with his upcoming surgery and current condition. She was extremely thankful especially hearing the prayer in her local language, Kurdish. Please keep Rasan in your prayers over the next several days.

Rasan's New Chair

Posted on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 07:50 by Amy_Denney

Although Rasan may have to have a second heart surgery next week, he was hanging in there when I saw him today. He is still on the feeding tube and has also gained some weight. The doctors came to check him as I was visiting and everything was good. Rasan's mother was very tired but still was optimistic in spite of waiting for another surgery. A donor gave Rasan a chair to sit in and play in (pictured above), and he seemed to really enjoy that. Rasan's mother was very grateful for the chair and was happy that he liked it.

Rasan Recovering Well With Pacemaker

Posted on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Today Alex and I visited Rasan at the hospital. The doctor stated he was doing well. He is attached to an external pacemaker in order to control his rapid heart rate. The doctors hope that this will only be temporary and that they wont have to put a pacemaker in his heart. Rasan is a tough little guy and is hanging in there very well. I heard him cry in the ICU and it sounded like the cry of a healthy baby. The doctors are hopeful that Rasan will be out of the ICU in the next two to three days.

Sudden and Successful Surgery for Rasan

Posted on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Yesterday, Alex, Hannah, and I were able to visit Rasan and his mother at the hospital. As we entered the room, she seemed less nervous in comparison to my previous visit. Rasan had not eaten all day because the doctors said that it was possible he might have surgery. It didnt appear that Rasan was bothered by this, because he still smiled at us as we spoke to him.

Rasan was also looking much better than before. After we arrived, the nurses told his mother that the surgery was postponed, much to his mothers disappointment. The doctors said they hoped Rasan would have surgery sometime in the next few days. Little Rasan was hanging in there, although this has been a tough time for his mom. I know she was anxiously and patiently waiting for his surgery to take place.

Early this morning Rasans mother called to inform us that Rasan was in fact having surgery today. When we arrived to the hospital he was still in surgery. Around 12:30 p.m. the surgery was completed and Rasan was moved to the ICU. Rasans mother was holding up rather well. The doctors said that his surgery was a success; Rasan is doing well.

Hannah and I stayed with Rasans mother for the remainder of the afternoon. When we left the hospital she seemed to be doing really well and was so thankful that the first step in her son's healing had taken place. Please continue to pray with us for Rasan and his mother.

Comfort Food

Posted on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Today I went to the hospital to visit Rasan and his mother. Aros' mother sent with me a Kurdish home-cooked meal as a comfort for her.

Rasan's mother still seemed quite nervous and worried about Rasan's surgery. I assured her that the doctors and nurses do this kind of heart surgery all the time and that bit of information gave some relief.

Rasan is still hanging in there with his cleft pelete. Right now he can only drink so much milk each day. The doctors sound hopeful about his heart surgery and said that he might have heart surgery Sunday.


Rasan's First Day at the Hospital

Posted on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 01:00 by Robin_Miller

Little Rasan made it to Tel HaShomer hospital
today for his first day of examinations. Alex and Amy and Robin came to help mom with all of the paperwork and getting settled. The doctors decided to admit him today to determine his surgery date. Rasan's mother was a little hesitant but soon settled in to know that her baby was being taken care of by one of the best cardiac teams in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Coming from
Kurdistan, this little boy has been sick for most of his 4 months of age, from his heart problems and possibly three more issues--a type of syndrome, a cleft palate and clubbed feet. Rasan tried to eat and rest, but because of his cleft palate he normally only eats half of his bottle and then spits up a bit afterwards. Please pray that he will be able to have this taken care of and he will be able to eat normally soon, as this little guy has not been able to gain much weight lately.

After the paperwork was taken care of, we took little Rasan to have a chest x-ray and also an echocardiogram. The echo showed this little guy has two holes in his heart: one large hole between his ventricles, and a smaller one between the atria. At this point we do not know what the chest x-ray showed. The doctors were concerned about some congestion the baby is having due to the cleft palate.

I was able to spend four hours alone with Rasan's mom
and it was a very special time. She is very sweet and speaks English fairly well and she now calls me her sister. I am blessed and I told her I would be praying for her.

Please keep her in your prayers as there are no other Iraqi families currently at this hospital. We will all try to keep her busy and visit her often. We should know in a couple of days if little Rasan will be scheduled for surgery next week or the following week.

Rasan Arrives in Israel

Posted on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 01:00 by Hank_And_Michelle_Dannecker

On Friday our family had the privilege of picking up little Rasan and his mother at the Beit Shean border. The ride to the border was uneventful except for the young man we picked up hitch hiking. When we dropped him off at a bus stop, three more young people decided to seize the opportunity to get a free ride, so as one got out three more young people piled in without delay. Arriving at the border, we were informed that our new mom and child had just arrived and in less than ten minutes we were back on the road to Jerusalem. The security at this particular border has been extremely helpful in many ways and has been a great example of professionalism mixed with compassion; they have been a blessing to us and the ones we serve.

Rasan's growth is stunted due to his various medical issues. He is 5 months old, but looks to be only 1 or
2 months old. Shortly after beginning our return trip to Jerusalem he began to cry. His mother then gave him a bottle, which took him quite some time to finish, probably due to his cleft palate. After playing with him a little, his mother rocked him to sleep and he remained asleep for the remainder of the trip.

Arriving at Shevet house, both Rasan and his mother were greeted by Ali, Aros, and their respective parents. Um Aros had chicken and rice ready for the newcomers-and our family! What generosity of spirit they constantly show to all. As our family was preparing to leave, our daughter AbbyRose was pushing little Ali around in a stroller and commented, "I like helping the kids from Gaza and Iraq!" What a tangible way to "love your neighbor as yourself."