Sima's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Auf Wiedersehen, Precious Sima!

Posted on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 20:51 by Ruth Zellweger

Last Thursday morning Sima was cleared to return home. I remember the moment in the echo room when I told her mother the good news. A little smile appeared and I could see relief washing over her face. It was the moment she had hoped and longed for. The week before she had been sitting with us in the upstairs living room and watched the farewell videos for Rawand and Sara. It had not worked out for herself and Sima then to go home, but she bore it very well. She knew that what mattered more than her own convenience was the wellbeing of her precious little Sima. 

For me Sima

All Clear

Posted on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 23:01 by Jenna Hazard

This morning Sima went in for her final echocardiogram. Both Sima and her mom were tense leading up to the time when her doctor checked her heart. She was quiet and still (for a one year old) while the examination took place. Her patience paid off because they received the best news possible: there is no fluid around her heart and the doctors have discharged her to go home! Everyone present was so excited with this news and could not stop smiling. Even Sima seemed to understand what was happening because she started to laugh and become more playful.


Once the doctors had written up her discharge/ safe to fly papers, we celebrated this moment by stopping at the beach. Sima was entranced by the waves and water the entire time that we were there. It was an amazing site to see a healthy little girl getting to enjoy the beach. I have only known Sima for a few days, but I know what a strong fighter she is. It is such an exciting time for Sima and I am so happy that I got to be a part of her story. 

We are praying for safe travels as she heads back home this weekend. We love Sima and her mom very much and they will be greatly missed around here.

One Step at a Time

Posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:10 by Ruth Zellweger

When Sima arrived in Israel two months ago, she was able to stand while holding on to something. Over the last couple of days we have watched Sima taking the first steps of her very own. Often she cannot not keep her balance and falls backwards on her bottom. Whenever I see this happening to her, I

Almost There

Posted on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 20:53 by Johanna Magnusson

Today Sima had another follow up echocardiogram. Kristina and I were with Sima and her mother in the echo room. At first, when her mother laid her down on the bed she started to cry. Her mother started to soothe her tenderly finally calmed her down with a bottle of milk. It is clear that Sima doesn

Slight Fluid On Sima's Heart

Posted on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:30 by Johanna J

We left to Wolfson Hospital today with two cars full of people. Our car arrived to the hospital before the other car, and our driver Jesse left me, Linn (Swedish volunteer), Sima, Rawand and their mothers close to the door. When Jesse left to park the car, we realized that we did not know where we should go! Then Simas mother determinedly led us to a part of the huge hospital. The rest of the day Sima

Two Characters Return to Jerusalem

Posted on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:25 by Ruth Zellweger

A phone call from Wolfson Hospital during our morning staff meeting confirmed that Sima was discharged today. She had developed a fever yesterday which kept her from coming back to Jerusalem then. But today, we headed to the hospital with Sara and her mother for Sara

One Spoonful at a Time

Posted on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 22:30 by Johanna J

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Posted on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 19:43 by Ryan Gregg

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All Systems Go For Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 23:45 by Linn Magnusson

I had the opportunity to spend another day at the hospital with the precious children and mothers. Before we left Shevet Achim this morning, we gathered together at the yard and prayed for Sima and her mum who were going with us. We put them, and their situation, in God