Ruwand's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

Postponed Yet Again

Posted on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Ruwands surgery has been postponed again. The doctors are still debating the best approach to operate on her heart defect and her esophageal atresia. Please pray especially for Ruwands mother, as she was very depressed and discouraged today at yet another surgery being cancelled.

Ruwand's Surgery Back on Schedule

Posted on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 07:51 by Charles_Hicks

Ruwand's surgery for the lengthening of her esophagus and connecting it to her stomach is scheduled for tomorrow. Her heart surgery will tentatively be in three days. The fever that prevented her last surgery has been resolved.

Ruwand's Surgery Postponed

Posted on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Ruwand had her surgery cancelled today. On paper, the reason is a low grade fever, but a conversation with the doctor revealed another reason for the cancellation: as mentioned previously, Ruwand has a complex heart defect in addition to an esophagus that does not reach her stomach. It is difficult to do one surgery in the presence of the other defect. The doctors have decided to take additional time to reevaluate the safety in the needed surgeries in order to promote the safest recovery for Ruwand. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors as they decide how to approach Ruwands difficult case. Also, please continue to pray for Ruwands mother as she is disappointed at the cancellation of the surgery.

Ruwand's First Surgery is Tomorrow

Posted on Sun, 07/18/2010 - 07:51 by Ellen_Husted

Ruwand is doing well and she is scheduled for surgical repair of her esophageal atresia tomorrow, so please pray that the surgery will be successful. The result of this surgery determines her ability to have cardiac surgery later on, so please keep Ruwand in your prayers. Pray for comfort for her mother as she is worried and stressed about her daughters health and safety.

Surgeons Weighing Where to Start

Posted on Sun, 07/11/2010 - 07:51 by Charles_Hicks

Nava, the charge nurse in the Wolfson Medical Center surgical ward, informed us today that Ruwand's surgery is going to be extremely complicated. The first issue is not even the heart. Her esophagus is not reaching her stomach, therefore she is having to be fed through a tube that goes straight into her intestines. The surgeon might decide that Ruwand will have to have surgery for this first. Then they will get started on her heart which has five defects.

Ruwand Arrives with Multiple Defects

Posted on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 07:51 by Ellen_Husted
Ruwand is a five-month-
old baby girl from Gaza. She has a healthy twin sister, and we brought here to the Wolfson Medical Center near Tel Aviv today for upcoming surgery to treat her birth defects (Tetralogy of Fallot, ASD, and esophageal atresia). Tetralogy of Fallot is a complex defect involving 4 specific defects (tetra=four). The four defects are; pulmonary stenosis (a narrowing at the artery leading to the heart), VSD (a hole between the ventricles), overriding aorta (when the aorta arises from both the right and left ventricles, not just the left), and right ventricle hypertrophy (when the wall of the right ventricle has thickened due to an increase workload). In addition to TOF, Ruwand also has an ASD (a hole between the atria) and esophageal atresia (when the esophagus dead ends at a blind pouch and does not connect to the stomach).

Please pray for Ruwand, as she has several operations to endure. Please pray for her small body that is going to be subject to multiple surgeries. Also, for her mother who has a second newborn at home to think of while she cares for Ruwand as well.