Rozhgar's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

How Is Rozhgar Alive?

Posted on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:49 by Kristina Kayser

I found Rozhgar smiling and ready for a new day as we prepared to leave for Wolfson Hospital this morning. She has a lovely countenance and a gracious spirit that is equally beautiful. Weak and blue as she is, Rozhgar looks for every opportunity to serve others. Already, I have observed her washing dishes, serving tea, entertaining the younger children, and helping mothers out of our van.

We sat beside each other en route to Tel Aviv, and she shared about her life in Kurdistan. Rozhgar is one of seven sisters, who are naturally her closest friends. As a sixth grade student, she speaks some English and was excited to show me she could count. A couple hours later, she surprised the echo technician, Efat, by helping her spell her name in English.

Once the echo exam commenced, Rozhgar demonstrated perfect composure for well over an hour. A team of cardiologists meticulously studied every facet of her complex heart, repeatedly stating how remarkable it was for her to be alive. Minimal oxygen and severely poor circulation are a direct result of her diagnosis, Tetralogy of Fallot (see the link at right). Why does she not have continual cyanotic spells? Furthermore, the physiology of her heart is so disproportionate that today's echocardiogram did not provide sufficient data. Dr. Alona informed us that Rozhgar will need a cardiac catheterization before any further steps are taken towards surgery. This procedure will take place on Wednesday, with Rozhgar being admitted to the hospital tomorrow morning. Both she and her mother took the news well and showed appreciation for the doctors' thorough care.

I believe that God has sustained Rozhgar all these years, granting strength and life to her fragile heart. And I believe His grace will continue to be sufficient in the days ahead for this precious girl.

A Day of Firsts: Arrivals and Assessments

Posted on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 22:26 by Ruth Zellweger

Today Kelsey, Kristina and I went to the Wolfson Medical Center to meet the new children and their mothers there. They had an appointment around noon and so we tried to be there in time. As it worked out, we arrived about 10 minutes before Jonathan

Rozhgar's Prayers are Answered

Posted on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 18:09 by Jonathan Miles

Well, from the passport photo in our first report below, I was convinced Rozhgar was a 12-year-old boy. Imagine my surprise when she stepped out of the airport last night (at left in picture)!

Rozhgar is one of seven daughters, in the sixth grade back in Iraq. She loves learning but has been finding it more and more difficult to make it to school with her heart condition, which is evident by her blue pallor. She told us she's been praying that God would take her somewhere that she could be helped, and was quite tearful after her arrival.

Rozhgar was greeted at the hospital today by our Shevet coworkers, and has already found a big sister in Kristina to look up to:

Later tonight we'll post the results of Rozhgar's first exams.

Looking for Rozhgar in October

Posted on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 23:48 by Jonathan Miles

Twelve-year-old Rozhgar has the combination of heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot. Without surgery he is not expected to survive childhood; with surgery he can have a full and normal life.

We've applied for Rozhgar's visa to Israel and hope to have him with us by mid-October.