Kale's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Happy "Hello Again"

Posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 01:00 by Shevet Volunteer

The door opened and the first thing I could see was four smiling faces. How great to meet Kale, Lozan and their mothers again in Jordan! After they had dinner, we had a few minutes to talk about their experiences in Israel. Kale and Lozan both looked very good. Kale's blue lips and hands had changed into lively red. They were smiling all the time. They were probably very excited to go home to see their families. Lozan's and Kale's mothers were very thankful and we all could see that something changed their hearts. The sorrows they had when they arrived at our house in February seem to have been lost in Haifa. Please keep praying for them!

Kale and Mom Leave Israel with Changed Hearts

Posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 01:00 by Shevet Volunteer

Kale got the green light she has been waiting for from the doctors on Monday. And she was very anxious to go home to Iraq as soon as possible. Kale and her mom were walking around in smiles excited to be finally released to go home. Kale will continue taking some medication for the next six months but otherwise is doing very well.

Pastor Philip adds:

Kale's mother, as some of you might remember, has always been very concerned about her daughter's condition. Several times she called me at midnight complaining about Kale's condition. I would take them to the hospital and go through the whole process of tests until the morning, and return to their flat with good report from the doctor! I read with the mother much scripture, and prayed with her and for her daughter. I tried to share with her that she could call upon the name of the Lord and He would answer. I told her that several Muslim ladies have seen Jesus in a dream or in a vision. To be honest with you, I was really frustrated in dealing with this mother. She seemed to have a stony heart for spiritual things, I never saw a sign of response from her side. But she was very happy and thankful to God, to the doctors and to me when she heard the good news that Kale was fine and ready to go home.

Last night, Kale's mother phoned me from Jordan to tell me that she had good news for me, and I quote: "Now I believe everything you said about Jesus. My husband, who expects us to arrive tomorrow morning, has called me and said that He saw a vision the day before. He believes He saw Jesus, not in a dream but in the day time. He saw somebody with a shining face and a white robe telling him that Kale is alright and that she is coming home tomorrow with her mother!" Kale's mom told me that she could not leave Jordan without sharing the good news with me, and now she believes everything I had shared with her about the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord.

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" ( Isaiah 5:10, 11).

Let us thank the Lord for answering our prayers of healing for Kale and Lozan and for the spiritual open heart surgeries that Dr. Jesus does here in Haifa. Let us pray that the Lord will send somebody to follow up with these precious people.

The Waiting Game

Posted on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 01:00 by Danielle_Parish

Kale is doing much better, with the fluid in her lungs lessening greatly. This is great news but the doctors want Kale to stay in Israel for a bit longer in order to ensure her road to recovery without any setbacks. The occurrence of fluid was quite unexpected in Kales case, so the doctors are appropriately hesitant to send Kale back to Iraq before they are absolutely certain she is well. While Kale's mother understands, she is very anxious to return to her home, family and job in Iraq she has young children and also has used up all of the vacation time allotted to her. Please pray for Kale's mother, that she would be overwhelmed by His peace and love, and that God would give her an extra portion of patience as they play the waiting game for a couple more weeks. Pray for Kales continued healing and that the Healer of hearts would move miraculously in the hearts of Kale and her mother.

Simantov tells about Kale's beach trip on Sunday: Kale, Kucher and Sana were all anxious to get out of the apartment, so off we went, first to the zoo and then to the beach.

Everyone at least got their feet wet and the kids were picking up shells and building little sand castles.

All three of the moms were feeling embarrassed about the way the other girls on the beach were dressed immodestly in bikinis. I tend to agree with them!

Hoping To Go Home Soon

Posted on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 01:00 by Philip_Saa

It has been a while since I've written about Kale. On February 20, she had her open heart surgery. She recovered quickly and the doctors said that among the Iraqi children, Kale had the most successful surgery. But for some unknown reason, she developed liquid around the heart, which did not dry out in spite of the medicine she had. She had several echoes. Every time the mother hoped to hear that her daughter was fine and she could go home.

During her stay at the rented apartment, I received three phone calls from the mother late at night asking me to rush Kale to the hospital because of fever and pain. Last time I took Kale to the hospital at midnight. After some blood tests and a few hours, she was released back home.

The mother became very tired and worried so she insisted on remaining at the hospital. Though the hospital is not the ideal place for Kale at this stage, the doctors agreed to keep her if this would calm the mother. Two days ago I had to stay with Kale's mother at the hospital until late. She was very scared and worried for her daughter. I tried to encourage the mother and prayed for her. She was scared that her daughter would remain at the hospital for a long time. I really understand the mother, especially when I know that she has two other daughters back home in Iraq, aged nine and three years old.

Yesterday morning I went to visit Kale, and for the first time in a few weeks, I saw the mother smiling and thanking God for the good news she heard from Dr. Khoury. He told her that Kale is responding to the medicine, the liquid around the heart is drying out, and the little infection in her lungs is also healing. Kale is still at the hospital for one more echo tomorrow morning. Please pray for a miracle, and that Kale and her mother can go home soon.

In celebration of the good news Kale's mother had yesterday, she asked me to go with them to the rocky beach near the hospital. From the picture above, you can tell how happy they both were.

Please join me in prayer that God would heal Kale from the cerebral palsy she was born with. (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Today's Echo Shows Fluid Accumulation

Posted on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf
Kale had another echo this morning, and her mom was not happy with the results as she wants to go home desperately. The cardiologist said that fluids once again have accumulated around Kale's heart and that she will require medication again.

Kale has not been able to sleep or eat for the past two days. Her mother is very concerned.

They have scheduled another echo for Sunday morning. Kale's mom is praying she gets the go ahead to go home. Please pray for her as she was very upset today and spent the morning weeping.

No More Fluid in the Chest Cavity

Posted on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Kale was in hospital today for an echo which showed she is doing very well and no longer has fluid build-up in her chest cavity. She did have a slight infection at the top of her surgery scar, and was given some medicine to treat that. Kale will be going to hospital again Thursday. If all is well, she will be released to go home to Iraq.

A New Dress

Posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 01:00 by Simantov_Allalouf
Today Kale was modeling a new dress that she received at a local Arab congregation last week.

She is doing quite well. She is finishing her medication and is scheduled for another echo next week. If all is well she will be headed home soon after.

Her Favourite Place

Posted on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf
Today Kale was in good spirits and just resting at the apartment. I see that one of Kale's favourite places to sit is out on the balcony looking at the neighbour's roosters and rabbits.

Pray for her mom who is very anxious to go home...

Excellent Echo Today

Posted on Mon, 03/17/2008 - 00:00 by Shevet Volunteer

This morning Kale had one more echo. The first word Dr. Braver said was: "EXCELLENT!" Kale's mother said, "Praise the Lord... Does this mean we are going home?" I said, "I am sorry, but there will be another checkup. Perhaps then you might go home to your husband and two other little daughters." I do understand these people who accompany thier sons or daughters but leave other little ones back home.

Yesterday Kale and her mother, with two other Iraqi families, joined us in the special Palm Sunday service. The three girls (Kale, Kucher and Lozan) had their candles and joined the church children in a special march. At the end of the service we prayed for their recovery and for light from above on their lives.

Fluid Around Kale's Heart

Posted on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf
Kale is not yet ready to return home to Iraq because there are fluids around her heart. She is now on medication for this, and she will be going back to hospital on Monday for another echocardiogram. Doctors say that this symptom is not uncommon, but Kale's mom sure would like to head home. So please join us in prayer that the Lord would complete the healing so that Kale and Mom can head home to Iraq.