Sozdar's Heart Surgery

Northern Iraq

Patience and Great Strength

Posted on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:01 by

Sozdar was admitted to Sheba Medical Center today for her catheterization on Friday morning. As a full day of preparation lies ahead, Sozdar and her mother are overwhelmed with gratitude. Upon admission, Sozdar’s first set of vitals were taken, followed by her echocardiogram and electrocardiograph, as well as more assessments. Her day ended with a chest x-ray and blood tests in order for her catheterization to run smoothly.

During the in-between time at the hospital, Sozdar did her best to warm up to the new environment around her. Sozdar is slow to warm up to new things but is gravitating to this new experience quite well.

Sozdar is a trooper as she is being exposed to more things in a short time than most people experienced in a lifetime. She has traveled to a foreign country, is expecting treacherous heart surgery, and all of this in a culture that is completely different than anything she has ever known. Our prayers are with Sozdar for a full recovery, as well as for her to be ravished with God's love as He takes great delight in her.

1 John 3:1-3 says: Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God![a] Therefore the world does not know us,[b] because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Finally Arrived

Posted on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:02 by Rebekah Yang

A quiet, thin teenaged girl arrived with her mum on Prophets Street very late Wednesday night for her heart treatment. Yes, after so many prayers, Sozdar has arrived from Iraq! Thank the Lord! On the way to Sheba Medical Center for her heart checkup, she seemed very quiet as she rested on her mum’s lap. However, I could really sense a sort of anxiety was showing on her little face. After we reached Sheba, I just held her hand as we walked slowly towards the Children's ward for all the necessary examinations. 

Around 1:30pm, Rita, the EKGtechnician, tried to speak with her in Farsi to tenderly explain the echo procedure, and asked her to lay on the echo bed. The preliminary EKG did not take long, and a female doctor soon called us into her office. First of all, Dr. Tal started to asked Sozdar’s mum about her health history. Thankfully, through the medical transfer sheet and Ruth’s interpretation, the doctor began to understand her situation a bit. Then, she asked Sozdar to lied down on the echo table, and commenced with the echo, carefully watching the screen.

After a while, Dr. Tal and another doctor began to discuss her condition through this echo examination. This continued for some time, both doctors asked all sorts of questions regarding her sickness, diagnosis & treatment in Iraq. Eventually, the whole examination was done. The doctor asked us to “please bring the disk containing the CT taken in Iraq earlier this year for better understand of her situation.” Otherwise they may suggest giving her another MRI exam. In the end, we left the information we had with both doctors for another cardiovascular doctor to see. Through this very first day in hospital in Israel, I pray to God that Sozdar and her mum will feel people are really caring for her and looking after their need, and above of all that they will find the true, living God.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Imminent Arrival

Posted on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:33 by Sarah Powell

If all goes as planned, Sozdar will be arriving at our Shevet home tomorrow. We have been working to get her here as soon as possible because her eighteenth birthday is less than a week away now, and we need to get her admitted at Sheba before then for cost reasons. Sozdar's main diagnosis is a Double Outlet Right Ventrical (DORV), which means that both of her heart's two great arteries are coming out of the right ventricle, but she also has a couple other defects. All of her heart's defects together have actually allowed her to live these seventeen years, and she may not have lived so long if she had only one of the defects. It is always amazing when a "child" with a heart defect lives so long without medical intervention. Their body has become so used to compensating for these defects that it can often be very difficult for their body to adjust to changes after surgery if they do eventually get their heart repaired. Sozdar is not coming for a full repair but only with hopes of a repair that will improve her overall condition somewhat. Since she is older, obviously she understands the full implications of what is coming for her -- the difficulties ahead as well as the possibilities ahead. Please pray with us for Sozdar and her mother as they join our community and enter a new and trying season ahead.