Yad's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Jwana Piaw Gunch Yad (Handsome Young Man Yad)

Posted on Sun, 10/18/2015 - 22:05 by Rebekah Yang

Every time visitors come to Shevet, they always wonder how it works out for us, who come from different countries, to serve here as volunteers and, even more, to live and build up relationships with the kids and mums upstairs. Thinking of all the difficulties in simply practical issues that we face daily, I am always amazed at how our God really makes all the impossible things become possible by His grace. As I'm reflecting on the time our dear, handsome young boy Yad had in Jerusalem with us at the Shevet community, I was again and again reminded that, indeed, all of this works because of our mighty Father, who has given Yad a new heart and new life.

Yad came to Israel in early June with three other families, also coming for their heart surgeries here (Andi, Matti, and Ahmed). And due to his heart defect, he has had two heart surgeries – one in July and one at the end of September.

Within these few months, he became one of our biggest helpers, both in hospital and at our Jerusalem home. One of the reasons was that he was older than the rest of the other kids here, so he immediately took on the task of watching over other small kids while their mums were busy with all sorts of things. The other reason, I found out, was that he actually also enjoys playing with and taking care of little kids.

The few times we had to go to Tel-Aviv's Wolfson Hospital for him to get a follow up cardio echo, I noticed that Yad would kindly spend time playing with Andi, Matti, Radhwn , and later on, with Yousif and Shadyan as well. I praise God for his lovely and soft heart towards our little ones.

One day before his second heart surgery, we had a short hour to visit the beach near Wolfson Hospital. When all the kids and mums were so crazy, playing with sea water, I saw him trying to be alone, standing there quietly, watching the waves of the sea.

The scene was so impactful, and a piece of his personality stood out to me. He is a very strong and fearless young man.

Although he and his mum only returned to Kurdistan in northern Iraq today, somehow, I already began to miss him. May our Lord continue to bless jwana piaw gunch Yad (handsome young man Yad) and his mum back in their sweet home as Yad starts his new life there.

May he be a blessing to others as he grows up. Thank you, Lord, for answering our prayers. AMEN!  

Yad's Final Echo

Posted on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 18:47 by Maureen Grimshaw

Yesterday, Yad had his final echo test with a surprise result. The doctors told him and his mother that they could go home. Yad was discharged, and the second surgery was a good success. He will be followed up on in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, and continue taking some medications, but his prognosis is good. Both Yad and his mother were very elated, and we expect them to leave for Jordan and then on to Kurdistan on this coming Thursday. 

After such a long stay, their patience was rewarded. Yad is looking forward to going to school and leading a normal life. He is a very energetic boy, which has been a challenge for him because of  physical restrictions after both surgeries. Our prayers go with them as Yad returns home to his two sisters later this week with new hope and strength.

Recovering Well

Posted on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 18:55 by Maureen Grimshaw

Yad has been recovering well since his second surgery on 24th of September. His echo showed today that the mitral valve repair has no leaks, and the doctors are happy with his progress. If all continues to go well, he should be able to go home in two weeks. Both Yad and his mother were delighted with this news and are already planning their return home. It has been a long stay for them since early June, so please continue to pray for Yad.

Yad Back to Jerusalem’s Prophet Street

Posted on Sun, 10/04/2015 - 13:36 by Rebekah Yang

Late this morning we got a call from the hospital saying we could bring Yad back to Prophet Street for further resting and observation after his second heart surgery. Wow! What wonderful news for all of us to receive; thank you Lord!!

When we reached Wolfson Yad and his mum were about to eat lunch. Yad saw me and was so surprised and shouting my name” Rebekah?!” Then came over to give me a hug and kept shouting his mum’s name. After greetings and kisses to his mum she realized they are discharged today and can came back to our Shevet community.

Without any hesitation, she quickly packed all the belongings and was ready to go.

On our way back, I learned from Yad’s mum early this morning Dr. Tamir came over for his post heart surgery echo and the result were good. Praise God for His healing hands upon Yad’s whole body.

Please continue to lift Yad in your prayers. This coming Tuesday morning Yad will have another echocardiogram.

Game Room Visit

Posted on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 22:42 by Mary_Dailey

Today I had the delightful pleasure of visiting Yad at Wolfson with Maureen and Jesse. Yad had already had his echo and the doctors said that it was good. When we saw him he was in the game room playing a game he had gotten from Youtube about the Kurdish soldiers protecting their country. He was so enthused with it that I could hardly get him to look at us to get his picture. 

He seems to be doing good, walking around and enjoying visitors. I believe he is a very special little boy. 

In the Children's Ward

Posted on Sun, 09/27/2015 - 18:51 by Christopher Cheshire

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Yad and his mum for the first time today.

I must say, I could not believe how much like his mum Yad looks, like two peas in a pod.

When we arrived at the hospital, Yad was still recovering in ICU with his mum at his bed side. Yad appeared to be in some discomfort due to drainage tubes that were inserted after his second surgery. 

Yad had a further echo scan today. The results came back all clear, no fluid was found, the drainage tubes have been removed, and Yad has now been moved to the children's ward. Please continue to lift Yad up in your prayers; we give thanks for what the Lord has already done and will continue to do. 

Nothing is Too Hard for You

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 22:25 by Rebekah Yang

Today is a real big day for Yad, his mum, and our Shevet community due to today being the day for Yad’s second heart surgery day.

When we arrived at Wolfson's children's ward, it was still early, so we did not wake them up from their deep sleep. However, only fifteen minutes later the operation-room worker came to wheel him down to the surgery room.

While we were waiting for Yad to be taken into the operating theater, Alexa and I were able to take turns spending a few more minutes and praying with them.

The whole morning of waiting was not so easy for Yad's mother, especially since she already went through the whole process once in July. While we were sitting and chatting, she got two phone calls from Barin's mum and Radhwan's mum, who just recently returned to their homes in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. That was indeed very encouraging for Yad's mother. I was so amazed by our Kurdish mums, and the way they have showed such unity and caring through this very special and difficult moment.

After a quick lunch, I went downstairs to the OR in order to check on Yad’s situation. I just entered the waiting room, and suddenly I saw a group of surgeons wheeling a patient out of the OR.

Thank God! Yad had finished and was about to transfer to ICU now. Again I saw a very moving and precious moment in his mother's beautiful eyes. It's love from a mother that no one can ever give him apart from her.

Before we left to come back to Jerusalem, we were able to visit ICU and got Yad’s surgery update. Both the surgeon and the ICU nurse confirmed that he had a full heart repair, and so far, he is in stable condition. He has a chest tube in his right lung and will remain sedated until tomorrow morning. Please join us in praying that his vital signs will continue to remain stable; then he could be extubated by tomorrow.

Praise God for His protection on Yad's surgery today. Although we were all concerned and anxious for today, we also believed that our mighty God could change the impossible to become possible. Hallelujah!

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

Jeremiah 32:17

Yad Admitted for Surgery Thursday

Posted on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:23 by Ruth Zellweger

Yesterday we received a surprising phone call from Wolfson Hospital. Yad was to come to the hospital today, in preparation for his second open-heart surgery on Thursday. Yad's mother was overjoyed when she heard the news, since she, as well as our Shevet family, had not been expecting any surgery before the beginning of October, when all the upcoming holidays would be over. 

Today, on the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, our co-workers Rebekah, Deborah and Aad had the privilege of admitting Yad to the hospital. Before they left our Shevet base, our whole community gathered in the courtyard to send them off with prayer and a song of thanksgiving, entrusting both mother and son in the loving hands of our heavenly Father.

The doctors expect it to be a difficult surgery, yet they are hopeful of succeeding in improving the function of Yad's heart.

We appreciate your prayers for the upcoming surgery, for Yad, and for his mother, who struggles with anxiety. May they both experience God's peace in the next days.

Patient Yad

Posted on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 21:45 by Lina Olofson

Today, Yad had a long day at the hospital. He had another Echo with good results. It showed that he no longer has fluid around his heart and lungs.

The doctors are hopeful that next week’s echo will show similar results, as we wean his steroid medication this week.

After lunch we were waiting for four hours for Radhwan to get his medical report. Yad was full of energy and played with Radhwan and the volunteers.

He was especially having fun tossing leaves at us with a big smile.

He also visited Yousif and paid great attention to him. He showed him all the different balloons and held his hand. There was a lot of time waiting, but Yad was patient all day long. Please pray with us this week that we can successfully wean Yad from the steroid, and pray for continued patience as we wait for Yad’s second surgery.

Waiting With Anticipation

Posted on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 20:21 by Rebekah Yang

When we arrived at the echo room for Yad’s echo this morning, one of the echo doctors did not know why we were there, so we had to wait for a long while in order for them to find out the reason.

While we were waiting, an African echo doctor was playing behind Yad’s back to cheer him up.

Later on, we learned that we were there because Yad was found to have fluid around both his heart and lungs at his last echo. After finishing the echo this time, Dr. Tamir gave us the good news that both Yad's heart and lungs have no more fluid now. Therefore, he reduced his medication dosage and requested he come back next Thursday for another echo.

The difficult news for Yad and his mum today, though, was that Yad's second surgery will not be taking place until October because of all of the national holidays that are coming up here in September. This means that Yad and his mother will have to wait several more weeks now.

This was indeed very hard for both Yad and his mum. Dr. Tamir kindly found a Kurdish translator who could talk with Yad’s mum on the phone to make sure she understands the reason. I could see she was quite disappointed when she first heard this news. Anyhow, after a quick lunch with all the mums at the children's ward, she felt a bit better and accepted it nicely.

Please pray for our dear Yad and mum’s strength and patience. Heavenly Father, I want to lift up Yad and his mum into your hands. May you provide them your daily strength and cause this waiting time to become a very sweet memory in their lives. In the mighty name of Messiah, I pray. Amen!