Najeeba 's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Friendship in Najeeba's Historic Village

Posted on Sat, 05/16/2009 - 01:00 by Dirk_Kleinloh

Tucked away on the side of a mountain about an hour's drive from Mosul (the ancient Nineveh) is the village of ElKosh, which is first mentioned in the Bible from about 1600 BC. The exiled prophet Nahum used to live here (Nahum 1:1). He prophesied against the evil city of Nineveh which had probably returned to their old ways after repenting when Jonah preached to them.

Today Mosul is facing the most serious persecution and subsequent exodus of Christians in recent history. ElKosh is a Christian village not far away, in the area controlled by the Peshmerga (Kurdish) fighters. When we listen to Najeeba s father, who is responsible for the security in the village, we sense the always present fear that the political situation could get out of control again and that the terrorists active in Mosul could one day attack their village. Donna felt the Lord strongly prompting her to pray for the family to trust the Lord for their security.

This is the second time we have visited Najeeba's family since Najeeba's return from her heart surgery. Najeeba is doing very well. But of equal importance to us is the friendship that has developed with the family. Najeeba's mom is a secondary teacher, and she has asked us many times to bring good material along that she can use at school to teach the Bible to the children. The village would definitely welcome someone to come and teach English. We had a good time of fellowship.

It was very interesting to see the site of Nahum's grave in the center of the village. It's in an ancient synagogue, clearly evident by the Hebrew writing on the walls and pillars.

Najeeba Leaves Israel

Posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 00:00 by Simantov_Allalouf

Today we picked up Najeeba and Shayan and their mothers and took them to the Jordan border to begin their journey back home to Iraq.

Both children were very happy with lots of smiles as they said goodbye to the volunteers at the Save A Child's Heart house.

One of the volunteers even got emotional as he said goodbye to these precious mothers and children. His Jewish uncle in England is one of the strong supporters of S.A.C.H. program and I see the nephew is very much dedicated as well...

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Out of Hospital, and Smiling

Posted on Tue, 03/11/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

Najeeba has been released from the hospital and will continue to recover at the Save A Child's Heart house in Azur, near the hospital. When we arrived there today Najeeba was asleep, but her mother wanted her to see us, so she quickly ran upstairs and woke her.

Najeeba was a little reluctant to wake up, but then got out of bed and came out to see everyone. Her mother said Najeeba's spirits are up. We were even able to capture her smile. Please pray that this will continue to be the case.

Recovering Well

Posted on Sun, 03/09/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

Najeeba seems to be recovering well. She is awaiting her final echo before she can be released from the hospital. She continues to experience some pain when she has to move.

Her mother is worried about her because she is no longer happy and playful like she was prior to her surgery. Najeeba doesnt understand why her mother would bring her to this place and allow the doctors to open her heart.

Please pray that Najeeba would regain her strength and her pain would begin to diminish. Also pray that Najeeba would understand that her surgery will enable her to live a healthy life.

"I Put My Trust In God"

Posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley

Najeeba had a successful surgery today. Her mother was very worried, but she said she put her trust in God and asked the church in Iraq to pray for her. Najeeba's mother fasted and prayed today.

As I entered the ICU, the staff said Najeeba was doing well and would be extubated shortly. A few tears ran down Najeeba's mother's face as she was relieved the operation was over and this would be the beginning of a new life for her daughter. Her mother was sad because she wanted to see her daughter's eyes and hear her laugh. But she said she knew God would take care of her.

Please keep both Najeeba and her mother in your prayers.

Najeeba Needs Stomach Ultrasound

Posted on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 00:00 by Brenda_Giangregorio

This has certainly been a full week for Najeeba and the other children who came to Israel to begin their journey toward a full and engaging life after surgery. Beginning at 9am each day until late afternoon the children, their moms and the new Kurdish translator could be found anywhere from the exam rooms at the children's ward, to the Fish Room (lounge), or in the individual labs throughout the hospital.

Dr. Tamir and staff began charting their files, physical exams took place, and x-rays were taken. Everyone returned for echos and scheduled PPD; however, the last of these tests had to be postponed because of the priority of reexamination and of complex concerns for Najeeba.

Najeeba will need an ultrasound of her stomach.

Najeeba was taken from the children's house on Friday afternoon directly to Wolfson Hospital as she developed a high fever of approximately at 38.5C, according to her Kurdish translator when I spoke to her tonight. She was admitted into the hospital and today is resting. We will followup with her doctors and in the meantime ask you to pray.

Yes Papa, Najeeba is in Israel

Posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles
Four-year-old Najeeba from the north of Iraq had just begun her first tests today at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon when the gold cross around her neck made clear that her family comes from one of the small Christian communities in Iraq. Najeeba's family are from the ancient Assyrian Christian community.

We promised to post a video of Najeeba taken after she finished her examinations, so she could show Papa back home (via the Internet) that she had really reached Israel safely!