Shaida's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Shaida Arrives In Israel Needing Urgent Care

Posted on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 21:09 by Ryan Gregg

Shaida arrived in Jerusalem last night looking like Santa Clause, wearing a red jumpsuit. What a cutie! The  one-year old from northern Iraq has what is called Tetralogy of Fallot, a condition with four distinct heart defects. She is the youngest of five children, with siblings aged ten, twelve, fourteen, and fifteen. A Kurd, she looks almost Mongolian, with beautiful almond-shaped eyes.

Because of the physiology of her heart, Shaida is at continual risk of a cyanotic spell. It happened once already, when she passed-out cold for two minutes. It is imperative that her surgery be soon. Her cardiac system is hypoplastic, meaning that the vessels are unnaturally narrow. Accommodating the same amount of blood, the pressure in these narrow vessels is dangerously high. At Wolfson Hospital today, where Shaida underwent preliminary tests, the doctor expressed initial doubt if anything could be done for Shaida

One-Year Old Shaida Ready For Israel

Posted on Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:47 by Ryan Gregg

Shaida from northern Iraq hopes to come to Israel just days after her first birthday. She is born with a defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four separate defects in her heart. A local cardiologist has recommended her for advanced heart surgery in Israel, and we hope to receive her in Jerusalem within a week's time. It is not too soon to begin praying for Shaida, or to consider supporting her bid for a new life and heart.