Sara's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Sara Reunited With Her Friends at Wolfson

Posted on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 00:00 by Michelle_Bradburn

Today Sara made a trip to the hospital to complete her echo and have her PPD read. Sara had been so upset when she went last week, fearful and crying, that the doctors had been unable to complete the echo. So today they decided to sedate her and wait for her to fall asleep. She was so full of energy and happiness that even the medicine couldn't put her to sleep like they expected! But it certainly relaxed her, and she had no problem at all going through with the echo. She and her mother were calm and quiet in the dark room as the doctors studied her heart. They confirmed that she did indeed need surgery, and scheduled it for sometime early in December.

It was rather disappointing for Sara's mother to find that she may have to wait even another two weeks or more, but I think she's honestly grateful, and once she got over the disappointment she wasn't in such a bad mood. It also was a big encouragement for her to spend time with the other mothers and their children, three of whom were released to come back to our home in Jerusalem. Now Sara and her mother will not be alone, and I pray that the company and friendship will encourage this mother and daughter to hold their chins up, smiling and hopeful! Even in the waiting.

What keeps coming to my mind is a quote by Elisabeth Elliot, who said, "A spirit of restlessness and resistance can never wait, but one who believes he is loved with an everlasting love, and knows that underneath are the everlasting arms will find strength and peace. God is in the waiting."

I pray that in their disappointments, their fears, and their waiting, that Sara and her mother would realized that love that has brought them here and the everlasting arms that are guiding them, and the hope that is before them.

Sara to Wolfson Hospital for Evaluation

Posted on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Sara was invited to Wolfson today for an evaluation. It ended up being another very long day. When we got there it just so happened that Hastiyars room was right across the hall from the nurses station, so naturally we had to go see him and it was a pleasant visit since Sara had really been missing all the children. And other mothers from the Shevet house were there also. It was like a family reunion.

Sara's echo was very long and she got tired before it was over. She was crying too much for them to finish, so we have to go back Sunday to complete it. They did get her X-Ray, PPD test for tuberculosis, ECG (electrocardiogram) and her blood work done. The blood work is the one thing that none of the children like, but it has to be done. She got so upset that she turned blue and her oxygen went down to the high 50's and low 60's. They tried to use the small oxygen mask but she kept pushing it away. Praise God that they got it the first time, because sometimes it takes a few more times to get enough blood.

Help us pray that if it's God's will, that Wolfson will be able to do her surgery. All the other children are there now, except for Baran, who is at Sheba Hospital, and it seems like having her treatment at Wolfson would be ideal. But we also know that our ways are not always like His ways and our thoughts are not always like His thoughts. This is why we pray, "Thy will be done." Would you please help us pray for His way and His thoughts? Thank you so much.

Sara to the Sea!

Posted on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel
Donna: Sara and her mother have been rather sad the last few days because she's the only patient left in our house after Ahmed, Hastiar, Harsin and Hemen were all called to surgery. Because Sara's surgery is at a different hospital, we're working with different physicians and scheduling; but that doesn't make it less lonely for a little girl waiting her turn and for her disappointed, anxious mother. So today we wanted to offer a special distraction: a trip to the sea! Sara's mother was doubtful about it at first, but when I showed her pictures of where we were going, her face lit up and she agreed that Sara should go.

Once we arrived, she found she couldn't resist joining her daughter in the beauty and fun of the seashore. There were lots of giggles, sand pictures, and splashing until Sara became tired from the exertion of it all after 15-20 minutes.

At that point we enjoyed our picnic lunch, and shortly thereafter headed home again. While you enjoy the pictures of the outing, please pray for Sara and her mother, and keep them in your heart while they wait for word of their surgery.

Mary: It was a perfect day for the beach. The weather was just right, not to hot and not to cold. Sara and her mom were so excited and they both loved the water and the sand. I think they were very surprised to see the large expanse of the sea and to see the waves coming in. Sara got to play in the water with us and write in the sand and also find some sea shells. The afternoon was filled with laughter and giggles from Sara which is the most pleasant sound to hear there is. Can't you just imagine how sweet it sounds to our Father? She was very good all the way to the beach and also coming back. This was such an enjoyable day for all of us. We had a picnic lunch and then headed back to Shevet Achim. All of the other children are in the hospital so this is a good time to spend with Sara and her mother because it can get pretty lonely with just them in their apartment. This all goes with our scripture Psalm 133:1 How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It was a very pleasant day and please pray for Sara and her mom, that the Lord will give them peace that the right time will come.

First Echo in Israel

Posted on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 00:00 by Mary_Dailey

Sara and her mother were ready bright and early this morning to go for her first appointment at Schneider Hospital. Doctors started her out with an echo, and at first Sara was crying hard when her mother had to undress her. The medical staff are obviously used to crying children, because the tech put a little ring with a butterfly on it on her finger and then dropped a delicate bracelet on her arm, and Sara quit crying right away and never cried or moved after that until they were done. She was so good, the chief cardiologist Dr. Birk even commented that she was so good and then said that she was a sweetheart.

Dr. Einat Birk said the echo showed a problem with Sara's left lung and that she would have to have a heart catherization before they could do her surgery.The echo took longer then most of them do so this must have been the reason. We called Mazal, one of our Jewish Kurdish translators to let the mother know what they found out. Other doctors were there also and they were passing the phone around to each other. One of the doctors said we needed to make a film of this. The mother seemed real happy to know what was being said.

After in the hospital cafeteria we were released to Jerusalem, and on the way home Sara was so cute, she was jabbering and repeating what we were saying most of the way. It had been a long day and she was still such a delight, watching her makes me know why Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, unless you become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Please lift this little girl and her mom up in prayer that everything will go well with them.

Sara's Long Journey to Israel

Posted on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

Four-year-old Sara and her mother (pictured at right behind translator Niko) reached Amman from Iraq just in time to share in my wife Michelle's birthday party. The next day it was time to set off by car for Israel.
Sara enjoyed a cold drink at the Jordan River border crossing together with Hemin, who was also traveling with us for heart surgery in Israel.

With the usual delays at the border crossing, it was nightfall before the two families reached the Shevet center in Jerusalem, where they were warmly greeted.

Sara is bluish and has had come cyanotic spells, so we'll be getting her into hospital in Israel for her first exams as soon as possible this week.