Ronas's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Operation Day

Posted on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:21 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning at 7am I arrived with two short term volunteers at Wolfson hospital. We went to the children's ward to meet Ronas and her mother. Ronas was scheduled to have her operation today. After arriving we went almost straight downstairs to the pre-operation room.

Ronas was happy and while we waited we played with her and read a book. She went around 8:15 to the operation room and we left. Mom was of course sad. We went outside for a cup of tea and had a long wait till 3:15pm. Her husband has lived in the Netherlands (where I am from) for 12 years and speaks fluent Dutch so I spent some time explaining the situation to him. The doctor said the operation went well. Mom was in tears when she saw her little one laying in bed with all kind of tubes.

After a few minutes she was ready to go back to our appartment. Tomorrow we will bring her back to her little girl. Please pray for Ronas. The first 24 hours after the operation are always critical.


Posted on Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:54 by Coby van Wijhe
This morning I brought Ronas with her mom to Wolfson hospital to be admitted for surgery. Ronas is a cute little girl with lovely, curly hair. Their were a few checks-ups and she got an IV cannula in her hand.
Mom was peaceful, and we entrust their care to the medical team and to our Lord. Please pray for her operation tomorrow!

Assessment Day

Posted on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:12 by Coby van Wijhe
This morning Ben and I brought Ronas with her mother to Wolfson hospital for her assessments. She had a blood test, echo, x-ray and other regular tests.
Ronas has an Aortopulmonary window (APW), which is a rare heart defect. Babies with an AP 1window have a hole in between the aorta and pulmonary artery. Because of this hole, blood from the aorta flows into the pulmonary artery, and as a result too much blood flows to the lungs.
This causes high blood pressure in the lungs (a condition called pulmonary hypertension) and congestive heart failure. The bigger the defect, the more blood can enter the pulmonary artery. She also has a Wentricular Septal Defect (VSD). The doctor found her heart defect very unique. Full correction is possible but cannot be done straight forward. She will be admitted next week. She did the assessments well but was exhausted and slept a lot afterwards.
Mom was very supportive and looked well after her. Please pray for wisdom for the doctor and that she will have a successful operation.

Welcome, Ronas!

Posted on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 21:13 by Alexa Bigl

Smiley Ronas and her lovely mother have safely arrived to Israel! Ronas and her mother have immediately felt like family. They are both so happy, welcoming, and ready for this big adventure. Mother and daughter are a lovely combination and we can see they are going to bring much joy to our home! 

After arriving to our Jaffa home, Ronas got comfortable in no time. At lunch, Ronas was sitting in her stroller looking over everybody seeing who would pay attention to her. And who wouldn't? A quick game of peek-a-boo and Ronas was all smiles and giggles; warming everyone around the lunch table's hearts. 
After some time of rest, Ronas and her mother were getting comfortable this afternoon as they hung out in the living room and unpacked some food supplies they brought from Kurdistan. Please be praying for this lovely duo. Tomorrow we will head over to Wolfson for Ronas' initial assessment day. May mother and daughter receive wonderful rest tonight and be ready to continue their journey towards Ronas' healed heart!