Sharwin 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Fluid Drained fromSharwin's Chest

Posted on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Sharwin went in for a check-up echo today, but he still had a large amount of fluid around his lungs. Even though Sharwin is on 2 diuretics (medications to help rid the body of excess fluid) the fluid volume in his lungs was very large. Therefore, the doctor decided to drain the excess fluid from his chest since the medication was not working satisfactorily. The procedure itself went well, but since there were no beds on the ward, the actual procedure had to take place in the treatment room. Then there was then a bit of a scramble to make room for him on the floor.

Please pray for Sharwin, that the fluid would resolve, and not make any further hindrance in his recovery. Also, please pray for Sharwins mother as she is very tired from her last hospital stay, suffers from a toothache, and (due to a language barrier) is quite worried and concerned about her sons condition.

Sharwin Back on His Feet After Surgery

Posted on Sun, 07/11/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

Sharween's color is so healthy! He is no longer blue and no longer in the ICU. The doctor is very pleased with his recovery, and he is likely to be discharged to the Shevet Achim center in Jerusalem tomorrow having made a full recovery.

Sharween wouldn't smile for the camera very much today, but otherwise he smiled almost nonstop today, and I was smiling too to have him back on his feet and by my side. Praise the Lord for this boy!

Sharwin Breathing on OwnAfter Difficult Surgery

Posted on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 07:52 by Charles_Hicks

Sharwin is still in the Intensive Care Unit today. They only closed up his chest from surgery yesterday after they were certain enough that there were not going to be any major or minor complications as a result of his difficult surgery. He was extubated today and is breathing by himself (with the help of an oxygen mask) and is fine and stable. The nurse predicted that he would be drinking on his own by the end of today.

Mother Grateful as SharwinComes ThruSurgery

Posted on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 07:52 by Charles_Hicks
This morning traveling to the hospital was exceptionally there was little traffic, and I arrived to see Sharwin and his mother, Aisha, before seven. They were still asleep, so I waited for about fifteen minutes in the waiting room and returned to find them awake and ready for the day. Sharwin did not seem nervous so much as tired and despondent. It was his mother that I was worried about, however she didn't budge until we went down to the surgical waiting area in the basement. While we were waiting for the anesthesiologist to arrive, Aisha began to show signs of fear. She began to softly cry while attempting to remain strong for her son. Sharween just lay there until he went into surgery

Thankfully, Michelle brought Wahaj and Dunya to the hospital today, and Aisha was able to spend the day with Dunya's sister, Zhian, who was able to provide good company. Aisha was such good encouragement to Zhian during Dunya's surgery last week, and it was nice to see that favor returned.

Sharwin went into surgery at 8:20 am and did not get out to the ICU until 3:20 pm.

Having Michelle speak the amount of Kurdish that she does was so helpful to let Aisha know what was going on. After we were granted admittance to the ICU, the nurse said that the surgery went according to plan and that there were no complications as of yet. Aisha was so grateful to see her son. She looked at me, gave me a big hug, and said, "Koor-ba-nee" which means "My beloved one" in Kurdish. It was so nice to see her and her child reunited in good fashion.

Sharwin Anxious on Eve ofSurgery

Posted on Wed, 06/30/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Sharwin was admitted to the hospital today! He is spending the night in the hospital, and is scheduled to have his surgery tomorrow morning.

Today his vitals and blood work went well, however these assessments revealed how frightened he is about the surgery. While the nurse was taking his vitals (a painless procedure) he quietly started crying to himself. The rest of the admission process was teary, and his general demeanor was anxious.

Please pray for peace as he goes into his surgery; that both he and his mother would not be concerned about the procedure. Tomorrow we will let you know the outcome of the surgery.

Sharwin's Surgery Drawing Near

Posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 07:52 by Ellen_Husted

Today we brought Sharwin in for a gastrointestinal check-up. He has suffered from chronic abdominal pain, and we took him to look for the cause. The exam revealed no abnormalities, and so the cause of his pain is still unknown to the doctors. We will begin implementing dietary changes to see if his discomfort is food-related (such as lactose or gluten intolerance). Dr. Tamir, the head of cardiology, says he hopes that the G.I. pain will diminish or resolve after his surgery. In other news, his surgery (which was scheduled for Tuesday) has been pushed back to Thursday. Please pray for patience for Sharwin and his mother, as the long wait for surgery can be frustrating.

Learning About Sharwin asTests Continue

Posted on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 01:00 by Charles_Hicks

Today we went in to have Sharwins PPD (tuberculosis) test read. While we were waiting for the doctor, we began to get to know him and learn what he likes and dislikes. Through a series of translators, we discovered that at home Sharwin has two brothers and four sisters. He also apparently likes playing football and basketball as well as playing with toy cars. So at the hospital, we made a game of turning our shoes into vehicles and staging collisions. Anything that requires movement tires him very quickly though. He is similar to the recently departed Arina in that both are shy from the start but then they like to be involved from the sidelines.

Sharwin's PPD test came back positive, so the doctors are now going to proceed accordingly. This child is a very wonderful addition to the people of our house, but we need to pray that with his complex heart defect he can receive treatment.

First Day at Hospital Brings Giggles and Tears

Posted on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 01:00 by Donna_West

Today I met Sharwin for the first time as he was waiting with his mother in the "Fish Room" (waiting room with aquarium) at the Wolfson Medical Center near Tel Aviv. This slender 10-year-old boy has big sad eyes and very blue fingers, toes and lips. Seeing the "spooning" of his fingernails and toenails let me know Sharwin's heart problem has been a long standing issue. Children with this sort of problem in a medically-advanced country would normally be operated on by the time they are 18 months old.

It was a day of giggles and tears for Sharwin. Even with oxygen levels at about 78% of normal, Sharween giggled as electrodes were being attached to his chest. He also found the echocardiogram to be quite ticklish too, and did his best not to burst out in laughter while he needed to lay still.

But needles and blood work were no laughing matter. At this point the heart team at Wolfson will take all the test results and confer about what course of action will benefit Sharwin's life. We request your prayers for Sharwin as the options are being explored.

Sharwin Reaches Israel on Pentecost

Posted on Sun, 05/23/2010 - 01:00 by Jonathan Miles

Tonight as I drove up the Jordan Valley with 10-year-old Sharwin and his mother I looked across and saw the sky ablaze with red, pink and orange as the sun set over Israel on Shavuot/Pentecost. At the border crossing terminal Sharwin looked bluish and shy, but I managed to provoke him to almost smile. As he enters Israel on the heels of this holy day, may God's spirit fill him with new life and power.