Nari's Heart Surgery


Our Last Look at Nari

Posted on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 01:00 by Hank_Dannecker

It's been a long haul but today Nari and his mother start their journey for home.

With his heart functioning normally and a repaired hernia Nari was ready to leave; but not until last minute details were hammered out, prayer offered on their behalf, luggage loaded, some final goodbyes and last but not least a few tears of joy and sadness.

I would be able to say so much about these departure trips but I just can't seem to wrap my brain around the right word in the English language that says it best, so as they say in Arabic, "Alhamdulillah, Praise God!"

Nari leaving the historic Shevet Center in Jerusalem

The journey from Jerusalem to the Jordan border was very hot, but not hot enough to keep us from a ride on Shoshi, the camel.

Nari was not so sure of her but his mother loved every minute of her ride. She told us afterwards that they don't have camels in Kurdistan so it was a much welcomed experience.

The last stop was at hand but not before one quick burger and ice cream cone from McDonalds, this time a big hit with Nari himself.

Once at the Beit Shean border all went like clockwork and within twenty minutes they were on the bus heading for Jordan, but as is with most photographers, just one more picture through the van door before we say goodbye.

Blessings to these dear people as we strive to serve our Lord and Savior in caring for His little ones.

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One Last Surgery Before Heading Home

Posted on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Even as Nari recovered nicely from his heart surgery, doctors in Israel determined that he would also need hernia surgery before they would send him home to Iraq. Today Hank, Hannah, and I went to pick Nari up from the hospital after the hernia surgery. Nari and his mom both were waiting patiently for us to arrive so Nari could go back to the Shevet center in Jerusalem. Nari was doing great and didn't act like he had just had surgery. I know they were relieved to come back to Shevet. We are really thankful that the surgery went well and Nari will soon be ready to go home.

Keeping Up With Nari

Posted on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Today when I visited Nari, I almost couldn't find him because he was walking around the hospital. I eventually caught up with him. Little Nari looks really great! Tomorrow he will go to the Save a Child's Heart house where he will finish his recovery. I know that Nari's mom is relieved that Nari is doing so great. Pretty soon, I believe he will have so much energy that he'll be hard to keep up with!

Watching TV

Posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

Nari was actually back in ICU for an irregular heartbeat when Keleigh and I arrived at the hospital today, but thankfully was wheeled back out of the ICU into a regular room. After he was settled there, I made a quick visit with Nari and his mom, and all seemed to be okay. Nari was already watching television when I walked into the room. Nari and his mom gave me a smile as I took a picture. I said my goodbyes and told them I would be back tomorrow.

Already Out Of ICU

Posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 01:00 by Andrew_Peck

We visited Nari in the hospital today, and he is doing very well. He has already been moved out of the ICU. Nari even gave us a little smile for a couple of seconds, which is unusual for children who have had surgeries as recent as his. Nari's mother is also doing well. She has shown a lot of strength in her self-composure and cheerful spirit.

Nari Is Stable Following Today's Surgery

Posted on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

After a long wait, Nari finally had his heart surgery today. I had been waiting with Nari's mom for almost two hours when Nari came out of surgery. As the nurses wheeled Nari down the hall, his mother briefly teared up with relief that he was finally out. The nurses then wheeled him to ICU. After a little while, the nurses told Nari's mom that she could come in. As Nari's mom entered the ICU, Andrew and I followed behind. The nurses were stabilizing him. After just a few minutes Nari was doing okay. Before I left the ICU, I asked the nurse if Nari was doing well, and the nurse replied that he was.

Nari's Last Supper Before Surgery

Posted on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 01:00 by Amy_Denney

As Andrew and I accompanied Nari and his mom to the hospital, they seemed to be pretty calm. Nari took a quick nap on the way there.

Within a few moments of our arrival at the hospital, Shaima and her mom gave Nari and his mom a comforting welcome.

Nari was settled in his room in a short amount of time. When Andrew and I got ready to leave, Nari, Shaima, and their moms had started eating a late supper. Nari and his mom were enjoying that. It's the last time Nari will eat for a few days; pre-surgery fasting starts at midnight. I prayed that Nari and his mom would have a good night's sleep to prepare for Nari's surgery tomorrow.

Nari Tests Positive for Tuberculosis

Posted on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 01:00 by Andrew_Peck

Today, Nari and Ranj were tested for tuberculosis. Ranjs results returned negative, but Nari tested positive. He has been given some medication that should clear the problem up in a week or two.

Although there were times that they wanted to be carried, both Ranj and Nari showed a surprising amount of energy today as we walked around the hospital. We had lots of fun looking at the fish in the waiting room, and the boys enjoyed some Pepsi later in the day. Both of these boys are so full of life and energy now; I look forward to seeing the change in them after their surgeries.

Nari Arrives in Israel

Posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 01:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

Nari and Ranj crossed over the Israel-Jordan border Wednesday evening and arrived to the Shevet house late Wednesday night.

Thursday morning we hit the ground running, arriving to the hospital early for blood work, PPD tests for tuberculosis, and echocardiograms. Both boys have been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, which requires only one operation. However, Nari will need a second echocardiogram on Sunday in order for the doctors to fully understand the complexity of his situation.

These boys and their mothers spent a good amount of time in Jordan with the mothers of Zhino, Aros, Cheya, and Shaima, so it has been a great time for these mothers as they were reunited once again. As Autumn and I drove from the hospital in Tel Aviv back to Jerusalem this evening with the mothers of Nari, Ranj, Aros and Shaima, we couldn't help but notice the continual Kurdish chatter in the back seat. It appeared that they had a lot to catch up on. Even though we had no idea what was being said, it was apparent that at this time, these women are one another's strength; they are a family. Please pray for them as they begin to embark on this very scary, but exciting time in their lives, and in the lives of the children.