Dyari's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Heart Changed Without Surgery

Posted on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

I never expected when we welcomed Dyari to Israel on Saturday night, that he would be leaving again already on Wednesday.

Doctors here, after careful examination, determined that Dyari's heart is in good enough shape that he doesn't need surgery. It's possible he was misdiagnosed in Kurdistan; but my thoughts also go back to our meeting with his family there before they traveled.

We told them, as we do all the families, that healing doesn't come from us, or even ultimately from the doctors, but from the Lord. "So Lord we ask you to heal Dyari," we prayed together.

Another kind of heart surgery did take place in Israel. Back in Kurdistan Dyari's father seemed distant, skeptical that it was really possible for his son to travel to Israel for surgery. We had to work hard to persuade him to travel.

But as we often see, he opened up like a sunflower after reaching Israel. I believe he was encountering that beautiful, unconditional love of God that is so rare in this world.

By the time of Wednesday's farewell party, Ruth spoke of his gentleness and integrity, and told him that she trusted him. She also described Dyari as "a sweet boy, wild, but also with a gentle heart, who listens and responds to correction."

So we blessed father and son with gifts, prayed with them, and embraced them.

Dyari insisted on taking their lone suitcase by himself out to the van to the airport. He'd learned from his father, who was so helpful with the other moms and babies who were traveling with them.

Dyari's father insisted that we ALL come to visit them now in their humble home on the outskirts of a picturesque mountain town. We look forward to continuing to pour the love of God out on this family. 

Dyari's Assessment Day

Posted on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:20 by Alexa Bigl

Wow! This five and a half year old kiddo has energy! Dyari is a tough kid with a contagious smile, and he can't sit for more than 5 minutes at a time. His dad has his hands full, that's for sure.

Dyari took on all the pokes and prods of the day like a champion. While he shed a couple tears for the more painful tests, he was right back to himself within a few seconds.

While Dyari took a couple hours to warm up to us, once he got more comfortable he was insatiable. He loves attention!

We got all the tests and exams finished up today and everything looks good. The doctors will still confer with each other, but it looks like Dyari will not need intervention for his aortic stenosis. The pressure gradients are not high enough to merit intervention at this point. There's a chance he will need either surgery or a catheterization as he grows, but there's also a chance he won't need it. So, tomorrow the doctors will meet together to confirm that Dyari can return home to Kurdistan. 

We praise God Dyari won't have to undergo all the pain and difficulties associated with a cardiac intervention. Of course, we are also sad we won't have an opportunity to really get to know Dyari and his dad. Please join us in praying God's plan continues to unfold in and through this family.

Dear Dyari

Posted on Sun, 07/17/2016 - 21:43 by Rebekah Yang

It was such a privilege for me to go to the airport with Joshua last night, in order to welcome Dayri and his father from Kurdistan, along with another new family. They arrived around 10:45pm, and after greeting them we brought them to Jerusalem and settled them into Shevet Achim.

Dear Dayari, we welcome you into our sweet Shevet family. Please pray for a smooth adjustment into their new lives here at Shevet, and also for Dyari's first assessment at Wolfson hospital tomorrow morning.