Zakariya's Heart Surgery


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Zakariya
Age: 
1
From: 
Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Good News

Posted on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:53 by Johanna Ebert

This morning I got a call from the hospital, that Zakariya was ready to come back to our Shevet house. What great news, bless the Lord! As we entered the secondary ICU, Zakariya and his grandma welcomed us with cheerful faces and already packed Luggage. Zakariya was so happy to come out from the hospital; he was smiling from ear to ear. After waiting a half hour for the report we were finally ready to go back to our Jaffa community. The families  are so happy to have little Zakariya and his grandmother here again. They are a vibrant part of the Kurdish community and were deeply missed while the surgery and recovery process was taking place. We are so thankful to our Father for providing for this little one. Please join us in praying for continued healing, and good news from the upcoming echo in one week.

Extubated and in the secondary ICU

Posted on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 21:11 by Co-authored

Today we can report only good news from Zakariya. He was extubated this morning and moved in the secondary ICU. Now he is next to an other child (Haryad) from us. That’s such a blessing for the grandma, to have an other Kurdish mum near to her.

Zakariya seemed to be very tired and  slept most of the time. But after he was drinking his milk he was awake for a short time and watched with big eyes the work of the nurses. 

Zakariya‘s grandma invited us for lunch, she had still leftovers from the hospital food. It was nice spending time with her and seeing how glad she is that Zakariya is doing so well.

We are thankful for this day! 

A Surgery Gone Well

Posted on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 22:32 by Esther Vine

Bright and beautiful early we set off to attend to Zakariya and his grandmother during his surgery. A colorful sunrise accented the still of the morning air.

We arrived earlier for the surgery than yesterday after the hospital staff requested more time to prepare and translate needed questions and information. Zakariya’s grandmother has a more gentle character and leaned on us emotionally throughout the day. 

We found her and Zakariya at his crib. He was active as usual and started playing with the attending nurse's gloved hand. Even when we blew a glove up for him like a balloon and tied it off and handed it to him, he still wanted to pull at the glove on my hand! Then he stood up and danced while holding onto the side rail.

Before long we had all the consent forms filled in and had been lead into another section of the ward. Zakariya sat on his grandmother’s knee as the doctor injected him with anaesthetic. The effect was almost immediate as he dropped off and was kissed by his grandma a last time before taken away. His grandmother cried in her concern but was reassured that he would be okay and in fact much better after the surgery than he had been. Zakariya had two arteries situated in the same spot in his heart, and the surgery was for one of those arteries to be replaced. 

The wait was long and we were all anxious to see Zakariya. After roughly five hours the doctor allowed us back into the ECG room to see him. His grandmother hurried over, praising god. Zakariya was still heavily sedated and we didn’t get to see him wake up, but he seemed to be in great shape considering. The doctor said the surgery had gone well and he was stable. We left Zakariya and his grandmother at Sheba hospital at around four in the afternoon, where he’d hopefully wake up soon and be comforted to see his grandma again. 

Zakariya's Spontaneous Admission

Posted on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:58 by Johanna Ebert

Today was a long day for little Zakariya. He was scheduled to have an echo with sedation today, which included 6 hours of no food prior and 2 hours of no water prior. This is very hard for a child his age, because he is not able to unterstand the reason that he can’t eat. So he was grumbling and whining a little bit.

However, when we arrived at the hospital, the nurse told us that they also want to admit Zakariya today for a scheduled surgery tomorrow. After that, the doctor came and had many questions for the approaching surgery. I was so glad that Jesse was also in the hospital, actually for another child, but since he was there he was able to translate in Kurdish for the grandma. God's plans are always good!

The echo, x-ray and blood-draw went well and now Zakariya is prepared for the surgery tomorrow. Please join us and pray for this precious boy and his lovely grandma!

First Time at Sheba

Posted on Tue, 01/30/2018 - 23:15 by Johanna Ebert

Today was Zakariya’s first appointment at the big Sheba hospital. He was there to receive his initial assessment, so that the doctors have a full understanding of his condition before beginning his treatment.

Usually he is a very happy and merry fellow, but today he was very afraid of the echo examination. His grandma tried to make him sleepy, but nothing worked really. In the end there was a lot of staff from the hospital around him, entertaining him with videos and funny faces.

The doctor was not really content with the echo result since it was hard to examine him, but hopefully it’s enough for an admission. If not, they’ll perform another echo or CT with sedation. The hospital will give us details about what is next as soon as possible. For now he was able to come back with us to the Shevet family.

Zakariya's Arrival

Posted on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 02:27 by Jesse Tilman

Zakariya has arrived to Israel for life-saving heart surgery! Thank God that he will be receiving a new chance at a full life through the work of the Israeli doctors here. 

He arrived with three other mothers and their children traveling together. In the arrivals hall of the airport, their vital signs were taken by our staff, pictures were taken, and we became acquainted with them. Some cold bottles of water helped them feel at home.
 
 
Soon we were on the way back to the Shevet Achim house with Zakariya and mother. They settled in gracefully and started getting to know our other current families in residence.
 
We look forward to his healing in the days ahead!

Zakariya Coming Soon

Posted on Sun, 01/21/2018 - 23:18 by Madelyn Miles

Meet Zakariya! He is a one year-old from the north of Iraq, a region referred to as Kurdistan. He and his family are preparing to come to Israel for Zakariya to receive medical care for his heart defect called, Tetralogy of Fallot. This is a combination of four defects, which you can read more about here

Please pray for this precious boy and his family as they prepare to travel. Separating families is always difficult, and not knowing what is in the future can bring anxiety. Thank God that through prayer and supplication they can recieve the "peace that surpasses all understanding," (Phil 4:7).