Vareen's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Discharge from the Hospital

Posted on Sun, 04/22/2018 - 23:18 by Noelle Chung
After a five week hospitalization period, Vareen was finally discharged today. It was a long and hard time for Vareen who enjoys to play. There were a couple of events which prevented her from being discharged. She had a bacterial infection and her bleeding index neededto be adjusted.
Now, everything has stabilized and she was allowed to go home after today’s echo check. The echo screening showed a slight amount of fluid around the heart though, which made the doctor start a new medicine for Vareen. However, she has been doing well generally. Her lips became red, as her blood oxygen increased. Moreover, her appetite became better.
Vareen and her mum were very happy to hear that they could go home finally. Vareen got a blue balloon as a discharge gift. They will come back to the hospital in three days for another echo and bleeding index check.
We appreciate Vareen’s mum for her  loving heart and kindness. Please keep them in your prayers! 

Happy and (Almost) Healthy!

Posted on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:43 by Esther Vine

Today, it was wonderful to see Varin her usual cheeky self in the secondary ICU. As is understandable, she hasn’t had much of a taste for the hospital food and is looking a little bit on the thin side. Aside from that, she is doing well.

She ate a bag of chips and we played around with temporary glitter tattoos, which she loved. Eventually, the nurse gave her clearance to be moved downstairs into the ward, as she is almost fully recovered. When moved downstairs, a nurse came to check up on her and reported that she is doing really well. She will hopefully be able to move back to Shevet in a week or so.

On the Mend!

Posted on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 19:07 by Maxine Stuart

Vareen is improving! A recent echo confirmed that the fluid build-up in Vareens’ chest cavity has decreased, and a recent blood test confirmed that the microbacterial infection she has had is no longer present. She has to stay in hospital for about another week so that she can finish the course of antibiotics she is currently on. Mum is in good spirits and is happy about her progress. My Dad and I were able to deliver some Kurdish cooking, fruit, and soup to Vareen and her mum. Mum was very grateful.  She said Vareen is missing Esther, one of our team, so we video-called her which was a great boost for them. We left them full of smiles, we are grateful for this good news!


Posted on Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:56 by Johanna Ebert

Today Vareen received the okay to move from the ICU to the secondary ICU, what great news! Her mum welcomed Coby and I, she seemed happy to see us. Varin’s mum was a little concerned that her daughter wasn’t eating well and looked quite weak, but the doctor assured us that it is normal because her heart surgery was very big and now the body needs time to recover. So we tried to encourage Mum and Varin to be strong for the next few days. Varin immediately demanded hand disinfectant, as if she knows that hygiene is very important now. She is still on oxygen, takes medicine to prevent vomiting, and has two drains and a nasal sonde coming out of her body. In the time we were there, her oxygen level dropped to 72% and the nurse had to increase the supply. But Varin was still optimistic, she showed me her nail polish that Esther painted on her fingers before she left the Shevet house, happy about this little bit of beauty that was on her nails. With the promise to pray for her, Coby and I left the room.

Big Surgery

Posted on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 18:07 by Johanna Ebert

Coby and I went to Sheba hospital and actually we just want to visit Vareen and spend some time with her, but we found her in the ICU. Wondering about the move, we asked the mom and she told us that Vareen is scheduled for a surgery today. The doctor confirmed this, but couldn’t give us an exact time.

So we left for a short time to take care of some other things, and then came back later. Just five minutes after I entered her room again, a doctor came in and asked the mum questions about Vareen in preparation for the surgery. Shadi's mum was a big help, as she translated all in Kurdish. Praise the Lord that we have her here!

The waiting time during the surgery was very hard! Vareen’s mum hasn’t eaten anything the whole day and I was concerned that she could pass out. Just as we heard that the surgery is over and it went well, she started to eat and we had a good conversation together. The surgeon told us that they were able to successfully treat the pulmonary stenosis and they did a Fontan Procedure. It all looked very good! Thank God!

Vareen opened already her eyes a little bit as we left the room and the mum said again how thankful she is for our support!



Posted on Tue, 03/20/2018 - 22:06 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning Rebecca and I went to Sheba Hospital to visit our kids and for the appointments of Mohammed. One of our children whom we went to visit was Vareen because she had her catherisation today. Vareen was admitted on Monday. The cath is needed to diagnose her exact heart disease and to know what kind of operation is needed.

When Vareen was gone Mom was crying and worried. Together with Mohammed's mom we tried to comfort her. Mom was pleased to see us and stayed with us for some time. The Cath went okay and we are now waiting for the decision the doctor will make as to when the operation will be. Please pray for wisdom that the right decision will be made.


Posted on Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:34 by Johanna Ebert

Today morning, Coby and I went to the hospital with Varin and her mother. She is a really lovely girl, at the beginning she was still shy, but after a while she gave me a glance with a smile, hoping that I realize it and give her my whole attention. So we had a good waiting time together. It was interrupted for an ECG, a check for her weight and high and a blood test.

Around 2 o’clock we got the information that she can come to the CT finally, what for a relief. Varin was starting to become very hungry, she have had to fast since morning. For the mum was it quite hard to let her daughter alone with the doctor during the CT, but it took not so much time and we could go straight away back with her to the secondary ICU. There she has to stay for a catheterisation until Tuesday.

Special Echo Day

Posted on Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:00 by Jesse Tilman

Vareen's first echo in Israel took place today. She has Transposition of the Great Arteries and is basically functioning on half a heart. Of the four chambers in her heart, two of them never fill with blood. In addition to that, the blood pumping through the heart goes to both the body and back to the lungs. She has a large VSD in her heart (a hole between the chambers).

She's a skinny kid and a bit sensitive, but warms up to you as you go. She saw the younger kids playing around the children's area this morning and eventually joined in. She tried the train and the slide.

When her echo came she did her best and worked with the doctor and nurses. They were gentle and took care of her specially. She can look very blue at times, one staff member said something like, "She's not blue! She's purple!" They are planning to perform a catheterization for her, probably next week. Her oxygen is usually around 70 - 80 percent.

God bless dear Vareen!

Welcome, Vareen!

Posted on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:06 by Nate Geer
"Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary." Francis of Assisi 
My Danish coworker Kristina mentioned today how difficult it was to communicate with someone if you do not understand their language. Thankfully though, words are not necessary in the language of love, and by removing the use of words, it only allows us to show Jesus's love more powerfully in other ways! 
This morning we got to show this love to Vareen and her mother. When we first saw Vareen, she and her mother had been traveling since midnight the previous day so they were both exhausted. It was a joy to serve this little one and Mom was very appreciative. 
She settled right in with the other families and I am excited to see her transformation and healing over the the coming weeks!