Rayan's Heart Surgery


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Rayan Is on Her Way Home!!

Posted on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 00:00 by Michelle_Bradburn

What a wonderful day to be thankful! Though the sun was hidden by clouds and rain this morning, our hearts were full of light as we sent off our dear Rayan home to Iraq. After the long drive to the Jordanian border, Rayan was slightly bewildered after her nap, but her grandma was still smiling - her heart so full of gratitude and eyes so full of peace.

It was a bittersweet time, saying goodbye to these friends who have become so dear, but what an encouragement to remember how faithful God has been during these past weeks with them. They brought so much fear when they arrived, but God blessed them while they were here! He took away the voices of fear in their hearts, and replaced them with the songs of joy! It's so wonderful to see how God has used the doctors to make her heart so healthy.
 

A Last Look at Rayan's Joyful Face

Posted on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

Rayan was released yesterday from the Schneider Children's Medical Center with a good prognosis for her future after successful closure of the hole between the chambers of her heart.

We celebrated last night with cake and dancing to "This is the Day that the Lord has Made" and "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength," and Rayan's face as always was alight and she couldn't keep herself from swaying to the music and running from person to person to share with them her joy; click the play arrow below for a brief glimpse!

This morning as Rayan set off to return to Iraq, I could also see on her grandmother's face such softness, openness, and gratitude for the grace which they have both found in Israel. The grandmother and her family survived the chemical attack on the Iraqi town of Halabja twenty years ago, and we pray for healing for their wounded spirits as well.

Our coworker Michelle accompanied them both on their way to the Jordanian border, and shares this report:

What a day to be thankful for! Though the sun was hidden by clouds and rain this morning, our hearts were full of light as we sent off our dear Rayan home to Iraq. After the long drive to the Jordanian border, Rayan was slightly bewildered after her nap, but her grandma was still smiling- heart so full of gratitude, eyes so full of peace.

It was a bittersweet time, saying goodbye to these friends who have become so dear, but what an encourgement to remember how faithful God has been during these past weeks with them. They brought so much fear when they arrived, both of them so tense and Rayan so terrified. But how God blessed them while they were here! He took away the voices of fear in their hearts, and replaced them with the songs of angels. When Rayan dances, her eyes so bright and her cheeks all rosy, it's so wonderful to see how God has used these kind Israeli doctors to make her heart so healthy.

It's simply amazing to see how God did all this, bringing them here and proving his faithfulness over and over. And such a comfort to know that he's the one who is leading them home. As I said one last goodbye I was struck by beautiful hope in this grandmother's eyes, and prayed that God would continue to guide them in the knowledge of this hope- hope that's found in Christ alone, and hope never fails.

Let's continue to pray for Rayan--that as she grows her little heart would be strengthened with each new day, that God would continually refresh her with health and peace, and that she would know without a doubt that all of it comes from him. And let us give thanks that God has allowed us to play a part of this little girl's life, just a small role in the huge story of His love for her.


Rayan's Final Echo

Posted on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 00:00 by Donna_West


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The little girl that captured the hearts of so many of the staff and other patients at Schneider Children's Hospital made her final appearance there this morning. Frequently she is seen dressed in pink with several little pink bracelets of her own. Today Rayan was not too happy about the addition of extra colorful hardware being added to her apparel for the ECG, however, her test result proved to be very good. Next she would undergo an echocardiogram to see if the surgery had completely repaired the problem in her heart. The verdict was great news!
Although after the surgery her heart was still trying to adjust to the changes that had been made, the results from this echo were the still great. This beautiful little girl has been released to return to her family at the end of the week. After the hospital visit it was a time of ice cream and celebration with our Michelle.

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Please continue to pray for Rayan as she returns home to her family that she would enjoy a full life that pleases and honors the Lord.


God Is in Control

Posted on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey
The morning after we returned from the hospital we were very concerned over Rayan's incision. It was starting to look infected, so we called Schneider Hospital. After we took Rayan back in, the doctor told us she could return to Shevet Achim on Thursday. The doctor also told us we would have to wait to speak with her before we left. This took a considerable amount of time, because we needed someone to translate between Hebrew, Kurdish, and English.

We enjoyed Rayan's company while we waiting for someone who could translate. During this time we shared food and played games with Rayan and her grandmother. She received a doll and some candy as gifts because it was Hanukkah.

When the doctor came in she told us that Rayan was an amazing little girl, and told us to not hesitate to call them if anything does not look or seem right. Thank God for all the caring and loving people He has put in our pathway at Shevet Achim. Please keep praying for Rayan and her grandmother!

Sweet Peace as Rayan Leaves Hospital

Posted on Tue, 12/08/2009 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey
Rayan was released from the hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her successful surgery. When I first got to her room Rayan did not want her grandma to leave her side and was crying a lot. It seemed liked the peace was gone from the room. We had not seen her for a few days and we brought her formula with us so her grandma was fixing her a bottle. I had to go out of the room to talk to the nurses, and as I stepped out of the room I said a quick prayer for her and her grandma. When I came back she had calmed down, was eating snacks, playing and even singing a little. I could feel that sweet peaceful presence again and she was back to that happy little smiling cherub again.

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We had a pleasant trip home. We could hear Rayan and her grandma laughing and singing in the back seat. Thank you for your prayers, there is nothing that compares to that sweet peace coming down from our Father.

Rayan's Angels are Rejoicing

Posted on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 06:51 by Mary_Dailey
Today was the big day! Rayan was set for her surgery early this morning, so Donna and I started out before 6:00 a.m. hoping we'd get there before she went in. We got there about an hour before her surgery and had time to visit and play with her before they had us bring her down to the 4th floor for surgery. She loved our attention and was smiling and jabbering most of the time (except for when we had to take her earrings out). Her grandmother was even laughing with us.

There was such a peaceful, pleasant presence in the room. They came and got us around 9:00 and they let her grandma carry her down. They had grandma put on the cloth covers over her shoes and the net on her hair and also the gown, then they let her carry her right into the operating room. The staff were so nice and friendly and made us all feel comfortable, even Rayan.

When her grandmother came out she was crying and we cried with her a short while and we took her down to the coffee shop. Since Donna and I are also grandmothers we were talking about what a strong person she is and what an unselfish and great love she must have to be able to do this. We asked a couple passing by to take a picture of us three grandmothers together.

They told us it would take three or four hours and they would come to the room and get us, so after the coffee shop and walking around a little we returned to the room to wait. We were talking and resting and walking the floor when I thought I heard some soft music; at first I thought it was coming from a CD player or something but then I noticed how sweet and heavenly it sounded. I asked Donna if she heard music and she said yes, it almost sounded like angels' harps. I walked over to the hall way to see where it was coming from and right in the next room to us I saw a beautiful lady playing a harp and a beautiful little dark haired girl in the bed. The lady had a smaller harp that she put on the bed with the little girl and the little girl started softly plucking the strings and they played together.The little girl would slowly pluck one string while the lady played more cords and soon they were in harmony. (Click the play arrow below to listen).

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I told them we thought there were angels in the hospital room. She said, "That sounds like a song," as she was picking up the harps to leave. Then I looked over in the room not a minute later and the little girl and lady were gone. Right before that I told Donna, "Heaven's not far away," and that's when they were gone and it was like everything went back to normal. The little girl had left for her own heart surgery. I believe that was a sign from heaven while waiting for Rayan's surgery.

Rayan's surgery was over at 1:00 p.m. and everything went well. A half an hour after her surgery we were standing at her bed in ICU and everything went looked good.
The hole in her heart was closed and there were no complications.

Her grandmother stood crying at her bed and we were all thanking God. Rayan's color was good and the medical staff said that she would be sleeping all day, so her grandmother will be able to get rested before Rayan wakes up.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. I know the angels are rejoicing in heaven!

Rayan's First Day at the Hospital

Posted on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 06:51 by Michelle_Bradburn
Rayan was supposed to have an echocardiogram today, but because she was so terribly afraid and unable to sit still it wasn't possible. She did, however, get an ECG done which confirmed that she will have to have surgery, which will probably be scheduled sometime next week. Here she is in the hospital room, unfortunately not quite as thrilled with these wires as she is with her shiny bracelets.

Rayan is precious girl with big bright eyes, but she was so full of fear today. She cried for hours, terrified and so unsure of what was going on. However, the hospital staff was so patient, continuing to work with her even while she was struggling and sobbing so hard. They whispered sweet things to her in Hebrew and rocked her in their arms, so full of compassion, tenderly trying to ease the fear and give her rest.

Please play for Rayan, that God would bless her with his peace; that though she is so small, she would come to know God's immense love for her in a real way through this difficult season of her life.