Viyan's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Happy, Healed Heart

Posted on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 21:48 by Robyn Stuart

Yes you can go home!

These are the words Viyan and her Mum were hoping to hear from the doctor this morning and they were not disappointed! 
Viyan had an Echo, EKG and general vitals check at the hospital this morning after leaving early from the house. When the doctor finally delivered the good news of great test results he was playfully joking that Viyan should stay here in Israel. But the barrage of questions from Viyan in her sweet broken English was a clear indication she only had going home on her mind. With medications and discharge reports all sorted Viyan contacted loved ones to share the good news. It was a joy to see this mother and daughter closely accompanying each other today as a precious chapter in their life was drawing to an exciting close. Please join with them and our Shevet community in giving God the glory for Viyan's happy healed heart. 

One Step Closer to Home!

Posted on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:40 by

Written By: Kathryn Gladden

Today Viyan went to the hospital for an ECHO and had great results! Dr. Elimelech took time to explain to Viyan’s mom about her unique heart and how well it is doing. He used simple analogies to paint a better picture of what the surgeon did to improve the overall performance of the heart. The doctor said that he would happily discharge her after she gets one more blood test to make sure her hemoglobin count is up. The hospital staff was great in helping the Shevet Achim team get everything in line before we left Sheba hospital. Hopefully soon Viyan and her mom will be able to rejoin their family in Kurdistan!

Discharged from ICU

Posted on Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:40 by Sophie Harvie
Kate and I had the absolute privilege of driving to collect Viyan and her mother from Sheba today. The pair seemed very excited to be leaving the hospital with Viyan particularly looking forward to some good home cooking as soon as possible!
Viyan and her mother are two of the most social-media savvy people I have ever met and today as we drove home from the hospital there was such a sense of fun and rejoicing as we shared the news with friends and family back home in Kurdistan via video chat. Viyan showed videos of get togethers back home and talked about it being a "Hafla" (party) in the car. Viyan with a good sense of humour shared her dismay at her family and friends back home sending picture after picture, all dressed up and celebratory for the Eid and she has been in hospital! 
We are very pleased to have these two back with us at Shevet. Please continue to pray with us for Viyan as she continues to recover.

Good Recovery

Posted on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 21:43 by Co-authored

Today we went to the hospital to visit Viyan and her mum after the first night post surgery. We were searching for her in the ICU, but a nurse directed us to the secondary ICU where she had already been moved. The first impression we had was that Viyan‘s mum seemed to be completely relaxed and was smiling all the time. Even for having had a big surgery 24 hours ago, Viyan looked quite good and tried to smile. The medication is still making her tired so we only visited her for a short time. The nurse advised her to stand up, sit on a couch and start to eat properly. 

Her mum thanks God for the successful surgery and the positive recovery.

Surgery Day for Viyan

Posted on Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:44 by Co-authored

After many postponed surgery appointments Viyan finally got her surgery today in the morning. So after a short wait we said goodbye and waited with her mom around 5 hours. During surgery, her mother was sad and constantly praying. A friend of the family stoped by and calmed her, that was very good for her. Finally the surgery went well and mother and daughter were reunited in the ICU room with a big smile in her face.

Viyan's mother was so thankful and relieved. Now it‘s time to wait and see how fast Viyan's body can recover from the intervention.

Wrritten by Daniel Ziefle and Martha Kowal

Physical Tests and Catheterization

Posted on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:28 by Co-authored
Jesse Tilman shares:
On Monday, Viyan underwent further evaluation of her physical ability and possible need for a surgery. Her mother is pushing for a surgery and is sure she needs it. So far we are still hoping no surgery will be needed and that her condition can naturally improve.
She was measured for height and breathing rate. She experienced some dizziness after a ten minute bike ride. Then many graphs of her exercise values were produced and studied. Dr. Gal Dubnov, the physical  body specialist was there along with an older man who got things going and then Dr. Katz looked in occasionally. 
Viyan said her oxygen was low a few months ago. About a year ago she had some stomach pain and her strength was less. She was admitted after the tests for a catheterization Tuesday. With that they might know enough to plan the surgery or decide to forgo it.
Thank God for the many helping hands! 
Alisha Hershberger continues: 
Today we visited Viyan before her catheterization.  She was grinning and bravely waiting in her room she shares with Layan and Marita. Our lovely Viyan really tried hard to stay positive and bright. Luckily, she did not have to wait long before the doctors were ready to begin the diagnostic procedure. 
We waited with Viyan's mother, who powered through and kept her chin up. Time graciously flew by, and though Viyan was still sedated,  we saw her again before 2 this afternoon. The catheterization was a success!  Praise God! 
We are still waiting to hear about a possible surgery date, but we know God will protect her. She will be kept in our prayers and love.

MRI Scan

Posted on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 21:19 by Georgia Willcocks

Viyan had an MRI scan at the hospital today. It is always lovely to spend time with her and her mum, trying to teach me a bit more Kurdish and looking at photos and videos of our families. 

Viyan's mum has a helpful friend at the end of the phone, who is able to speak Kurdish as well as Hebrew. Translation was appreciated by the staff at the hospital, and this ease of communication helped the appointment to go ahead smoothly. The staff were patient and thorough to ensure that Viyan understood what she needed to do throughout the appointment. Viyan interacted with the hospital staff with such dignity, despite feeling nervous about the MRI. The results of the scan will be discussed with her medical team. 

ECG over 24 hours

Posted on Sun, 04/29/2018 - 20:21 by Johanna Ebert

Early in the morning Viyan, her mother and I went to the hospital. There Viyan got an ECG device which she has to wear for the next 24 hours. The doctor needs this to see how her heart works and what her problem could be. 

It was quite nice to spent the time with these two lovely people.

Arrival, First Assessment and a Big Birthday!

Posted on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 23:48 by Johanna Ebert

We have the huge privilege of getting to know Viyan, a very beautiful girl during her stay in Israel. She has had already a surgery in India when she was 12 years old. They closed an ASD and repaired the tricuspid valve. Unfortunately she now has arrhythmia again and her doctor in Kurdistan sent her to us.

Straight after we picked her up from the airport, we brought her to the hospital for her first assessments. We knew that this was goinggg to be a very long and exhausting day, but she needed this assessment before she turned 18 - tomorrow! So we are glad that the hospital gave us this appointment. And both Viyan and her mum were very strong and patient during an echo, ECG and some other examinations. Afterward, they were able to find rest in our apartment in Jaffa.

One day later we celebrated her 18th birthday together. With good music, a tasty cake, nice decorations and a good community, it was a very special day and I’m sure she will never forget it. Now we hope the doctors can find out what treatment can help her.