Yara's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Not for the Faint-Hearted

Posted on Mon, 09/19/2016 - 23:09 by Deborah Burke

At about 9am this morning we received a message that Yara was wanted at the hospital for surgery tomorrow. Yara's mother had about 45 minutes to pack and be ready to leave from Jerusalem.

Having been at the small Jaffa community for the past week I had a joyful reunion with mother and daughter at Wolfson Hospital. In the 4 years or so that I have volunteered at Shevet Achim I have never encountered such happiness of a parent at such a time. Most enter the ward in fear and trepidation behind a brave face. Not this mum. She was almost skipping into the ward with delight. When asked how she was feeling her reply was, "... so happy, I have been waiting for this day since Yara was born." What great love.

Down to the practicalities of the admission. Of course there was such graciousness, gratefulness and patience but the real test was when the doctor couldn't find a vein in Yara's arms, hands or feet to insert the cannula. While I was busying myself holding limbs and organising distraction, Yara's mother watched every needle prick and every attempt. A senior doctor was called in to help. By this stage I was almost fainting while Yara's mother was celebrating at success. When I commented on how brave she is, her reply was that she has become brave thanks to God our creator who loves us. Hallelujah. I mentioned the scripture (from Matthew 11:30) "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light..." and her reaction was that she very much liked that.

The rest of the settling in time was quite a social event including a birthday celebration for another patient in the children's playground.

Yara's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Please pray for a restful night for both she and her mother, and that Yara's mother really does experience the light burden that is carried by our loving Creator and Saviour.


A Good Report

Posted on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 22:54 by Sean Perez
Today we headed out at 8:15 am to Wolfson hospital for an assessment of Yara's legs.  Her mother was concerned that Yara's legs were a little unequal in length, so we wanted to see if there were any concerns for any possible long term effects. The orthopedic doctor assessed her condition and said she was doing fine, but we could for precautionary purposes take an x-ray on our next visit to verify if any further actions would be necessary. 
We also received good news: there is a possibility that Yara will be able to have her heart surgery as early as next week.  Her mother was very optimistic and oh so hopeful about this possibility.  Please be in prayer for this opportunity to accelerate her daughter's treatment, as we are believing God for the complete healing and restoration of Yara's heart.  

Yara's First Hospital Visit

Posted on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:55 by Rebekah Yang

This morning our hospital team left early for Yara, Hani and Hawnaz's first assessments at Wolfson hospital in Tel-Aviv. On our way, Yara opened her big eyes to look at everything and to explore all the interesting things around her.

She was so brave to receive all the basic vital signs during the nurse's check-up without any difficulty at all. However, the most painful moment was to get her blood drawn out. Poor Yara had to endure the IV canual injection twice for the sake of her blood test. She was crying and fighting with us non-stop. Eventually the doctor took her blood samples and asked us go for next step.

She also had her chest x-ray  and PPD test, then the echo doctor gave her sedation medicine for her to lie still during an echo. After the doctor performed the echo, he announced that Yara has a VSD and it will be a simple heart surgery. As soon as Yara's mum heard Yara's echo result, she began to be emotional and crying thanks to God.

Before we headed back to Jerusalem, we spent some time waiting for the others to be ready. Although it was a big and tiring day for both Yara and her mum, it was indeed a worthy and great day as well. Please join us in offering our thankful hearts in prayer, for Yara and her mum to anticipate surgery day.

Precious Girl

Posted on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:25 by Sophie

This is our precious baby Yara!

We met Yara in Erbil International Airport (in Iraq) with other two families. Such a blessing for us to meet Yara's parents. They had only a short time to say goodbye to each other. Separation is always hard for the families - no one knows what will happen in the future.

Please keep this precious girl and her family in your prayers that she will return home safely! After a long day traveling together, we will arrive to our Shevet base in Jerusalem tonight. God willing she will be in the Israeli hospital on Thursday early in the morning for her first echo.