Shayan 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Reunion With Shayan In Iraq

Posted on Sat, 05/16/2009 - 01:00 by Dirk_Kleinloh

We were really blessed to meet the family of Shayan in Arbil. We remembered Shayan's little, underdeveloped face from when he first came to the screening and we can see that he has really picked up in his development. He's a normal, healthy boy now, thank God. Click here to watch a video of him jumping. 

Shayan's father says that he frequently goes back to the Shevet web page to check out anything new happening with Iraqi children. The family is very thankful for the help they received. Shayan is their only child.

Shayan Leaves Israel

Posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 00:00 by Shevet Volunteer

Though Shayan recovered quickly from surgery and was soon released to the children's house, he subsequently struggled with a swollen gland in his neck and an ear infection. He was re-admitted to the hospital after he developed a dangerously high fever. With medication he recovered, and proceeded to enjoy the time he spent with the other children who were either waiting for or recovering from their heart surgeries. 

When we visited Shayan again early this week, rather than crying continuously like he did with his fever, he was running around the living room smiling, jumping up and down trying to catch a balloon.

He and his mother were awaiting news of their departure date and were no doubt very excited to get back home. His surgery was a complete success.

Today we picked up Shayan and Najeeba and their mothers and took them to the Jordan border to begin their journey back home to Iraq. Both children were very happy with lots of smiles as they said goodbye to the volunteers at the Save A Child's Heart house. (Shayan is pictured below with housemother Laura.)

One of the volunteers even got emotional as he said goodbye to these precious mothers and children. His Jewish uncle in England is one of the strong supporters of Save A Child's Heart and I see the nephew is very much dedicated as well.

Off to a Good Start in Recovery Process

Posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker
Shayan has been moved out of the ICU and into the intermediate care unit and he is doing extremely well. Shayan was on an external pacemaker, but has been weaned off it, and his heart has picked up the beat with out any assistance. The nurses told me that, all things considered, he is off to a good start in the recovery process. 
You can always find Shayan's mother close by his side ready to comfort her son with a mother's touch! 

Comforted by Mom's Touch After Surgery

Posted on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker
It was a very busy day at Wolfson Medical Center yesterday and it was Shayan's day to move to the operating room. According to Dr. Houry all went well and there were no complications during or after surgery. When I arrived, Shayan's mother was being comforted by the other mothers as is the regular pattern for the mothers from Iraq. Their lives are very intertwined in community. As we entered the ICU and after washing our hands, we moved toward Shayan's bed. As we approached the bed, Shayan sensed that mom was near and forced his eyes open for the first time after the operation.
Mom holding back tears and Shayan trying to communicate was a sobering moment to photograph. Although taking pictures is needed, sometimes the moment feels so intimate between mother and son that it seems not right to invade their space. As I backed away, I watched mom gently touch her son as he drifted back to that place of rest.
After their operations, the doctors keep the children asleep for a full 24 hours before they begin to wean them off oxygen, sleep medications and other life sustaining equipment. 
The road is long but I appeal to you--let's not tire of well doing, because together as a team we are making a difference!

A Joyful Shayan Reaches Israel At Last

Posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles
Little one-year-old Shayan reached Israel today, and started winning hearts with his bright spirit and ready two-toothed smile. Today was a first round of tests to confirm his diagnosis and begin preparations for surgery. For Shayan the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the new use he learned for rubber surgical gloves!