Shaida's Heart Surgery

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Shaida Breathing on Her Own

Posted on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:59 by Johanna Magnusson

Today was the first time I have visited Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv. A small group of us traveled there to see Shaida, Rawand, Sara and their mothers. When we arrived, little Shaida was just laying there, almost unable to move because of all the tubes around her. This stirred up a lots of mixed feelings inside of me. It pained me to see her like that. But I am so glad that she was able to undergo this surgery so that her heart can work normally. 

It has only been one day since Shaida

Successful Surgery Day

Posted on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 21:47 by Johanna J

Early in the morning, Ruth and I left for Wolfson Hospital. On the way we saw a beautiful sunrise and I thanked God for everything good that He was going to do today. I wasn

Shaida: Scheduled for Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:32 by Kelsey Cannon

Today Shaida made the journey to Wolfson Hospital to be admitted for surgery to correct her congenital heart defect(s): Tetralogy of Fallot. The repair, scheduled for tomorrow, will be part one of a two part procedure. Her circulatory system cannot handle a complete repair at this time, so the surgery tomorrow is essentially one which will ready the right ventricle for a full repair in the coming years. This scheduled surgery time is contingent upon the local blood bank possessing a specific type of packed red blood cell Shaida needs. Please pray with us that Shaida is able to receive these cells in time for her surgery tomorrow.  

Unexpected Beach Day

Posted on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:33 by Jesse Tilman

Today, Yousef, Muna, Munther (Muna

Catheterization for Shaida: Check

Posted on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:38 by Ruth Zellweger

Since getting to know Shaida and her mother, I

Shaida Prepared for Catheterization

Posted on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 20:51 by Jesse Tilman

Shaida was a tranquil passenger today on her way to Wolfson Hospital. Wearing her Christmas elf red jumper suit, she serenely sat through all the rainy highway twists and turns. Kelsey and I took her for admission today for catheterization tomorrow. Along with two other Kurdish mothers and their children, Shaida

Shaida Admitted for Catheterization

Posted on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 14:36 by Kristina Kayser

Our beautiful Shaida and her mother were escorted to Wolfson on Monday morning to be admitted for a catheterization on Wednesday. I was surprised at how compliant Shaida was for the duration of the car ride. Her happy spirit was primarily due to her mother's affection and rhyming songs. When we arrived at the hospital, I thought she might cry at the very sight of it. However, this was not the case. Spritely yellow wildflowers greeted us and captured Shaida's attention for a little while. The nurses then told us that it would be at least an hour before they could perform the necessary blood work and IV start. This provided the perfect amount of time to spend in the nearby playground and ease any fears. By the time Shaida's turn came up, she sat calmly watching the nurse take her vital signs. The medical staff, in turn, doted over her plump cheeks and bright eyes. Naturally, tears came when the IV needle emerged from its sheath. It only took one try, thank goodness, to properly secure the IV cannula, but it was still quite traumatic. Wearied by crying and a lower oxygen level, Shaida fell asleep in her mother's arms before we even left the nurse's station. She was still sleeping soundly when I prayed for her and her mother and said goodbye. Would you also pray as they wait for this important step in treatment? We trust that God will give the doctors perfect wisdom while handling the delicate condition of Shaida's heart.   

Today, Mikaela adds: 

We began our morning meeting by praying for Shaida

Shaida Returns to the Shevet House in Jerusalem

Posted on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:59 by Jesse Tilman

Yousef and I visited Shaida today. She was lying on her back, waving her arms and legs in the air as we walked in the room. Her mother looked up and welcomed me to sit down. We small-talked a bit and she was doing okay. She said Shaida had an echo earlier and asked if they would be returning to the house in Jerusalem soon. We were hoping her initial stay in the hospital would be quickly finished. She asked for some milk and I retrieved it from the nurses