Yaser's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Strength & Hope

Posted on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 18:03 by Camila Buitrago

Today we had a busy day in the hospital, full of good news. In the morning, Yaser was transferred to the secondary ICU, which is a sign of quick recovery. The first thing he asked us when he woke up was for a little water. Yaser cried for a while, but he calmed down and finally fell asleep when he felt that his mother was nearby, as she caressed him. It is difficult to see a small child in this process and I know that if it is difficult for me, it must be even more so for his mother. However, she has always maintained a smile that reflects her faith and hope. She is a very strong person, just like her son.

It is beautiful to be able to see the dedication and work of our community, along with the help of the nurses and the doctors in the hospital, who are always ready to help.

One of the phrases that Yaser told his mother when he woke up was, “let's go home.” We ask you to pray for Yaser's continued recovery and strength for the mother as they wait. 

Worth the Wait

Posted on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 18:16 by Rebekah Yang

This morning I called the hospital at 6 am in order to find out when Yaser's surgery would take place today. Due to a miscommunication, I was under the impression that his surgery would be in the afternoon. However, around 9:45, Ramin's father called to ask why I was not at the hospital and to let me know that Yaser was, indeed, already in surgery. I was shocked to hear this and was sorry that I was not there to support the mother as he was being wheeled into the operating room. 

I left right away to head to the hospital and found the mother sitting with Ramin and his father. I apologized many times to Yaser's mother and brought her to the shopping mall for a short break, including some coffee and pastries. 
While we were spending time together, Yaser's mother showed me a lot of her family photos and told me quite a few stories. Waiting is never easy for our parents and the same was true for Yaser's mother, as we were told Yaser's surgery could be a bit complicated and would take a bit longer than usual. However, Yaser's mother was very calm and strong the whole time. 
Around 2 pm we decided to wait outside of the ICU waiting area for a while. To our surprise, a few minutes later we saw the surgeons and other medical staff were wheeling Yaser towards the ICU. 
It was much earlier than we expected but we praise God that we did not miss them. Again, we patiently waited for Yaser to get settled into the ICU and then I went inside to check on Yaser's condition.
According to the doctor, Yaser's surgery went very well and his condition is stable, so far. He has central lines and a chest tube in, along with a ventilation machine to help him breathe. Because he had some blood loss while in surgery, they're also giving him a blood transfusion at the moment. Before I headed back to the house, I spent some time praying with Yaser's mother. 
Heavenly Father, thank you for your protection over Yaser's surgery. I also thank you for all the medical interventions Yaser is receiving now. I believe you're using every piece to bring Yaser closer to complete healing. Praise God for Your amazing healing process on Yaser's life. In Messiah's name, Amen.


Yaser Heading to Surgery

Posted on Sat, 12/31/2016 - 00:00 by Camila Buitrago

Rebekah and I went to the hospital to admit Yaser for surgery. Because it was Shabbat, the hospital was quiet. When we arrived, the nurse performed the routine medical checkups; she measured Yaser's temperature, height, weight, and asked us some questions about his medical history.

During our time in the hospital we also visited Karina and Ramin.Karina's mom sat with us for a couple of minutes and gave Yaser some delicious treats.

Yaser was playing most of the morning and jumping on the bed. I am happy to see that in the past few days he has become more comfortable with us and has more confidence. We know that it is not easy for a small child to be away from home, surrounded by people he does not know, but we want our children and our families to feel comfortable. We can do this little by little with service and love but, above all, with the grace that God gives us.


Welcome Yaser!

Posted on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 21:19 by Eva Markewitz
Our Shevet community has two boys named Yaser now! The second one just arrived yesterday morning with his mother. And today, Yaser went to the hospital for his first assessments.
Yaser is a vivacious little person, indeed. He knows exactly what he wants and what he doesn't. In hospital we all had a long day - lots of tests, the echo, and the x-ray.

During the echo it wasn't sure if Yaser can actually have a surgery because of his heart condition. Then, some other doctors came in and discussed what would be the best for Yaser. But now, finally, he is scheduled for surgery in two weeks!
Please pray with us for Yaser and his mom!