Imdad's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Short, but Sweet

Posted on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:08 by Lindsay Martin

Last Thursday night we said farewell to sweet-spirited Imdad and his mother. Imdad was only with us for a short time as the doctors were able to repair his defect through a catheterization, rather than open-heart surgery. 

Last Monday, he received his final echo at the hospital with the good news that he could go home to Kurdistan. We all gathered to celebrate in Jaffa and share words of blessing and encouragement with them.
One thing that was said over and over again is how sweet-spirited Imdad is. He is a gentle soul. His mother expressed the same thing to us when she told us that even his teachers in Kurdistan are impressed by how kind he is. After singing songs together, sharing gifts with the families, and watching a short DVD of their time here, some of the community said goodbye to Imdad and his mother...
...while the Jerusalem community rejoiced in knowing we would get to spend another few days with this precious family. 
One of the blessings of our Jerusalem community is that we can provide a way for the families to see the holy sites and explore the shops of the city. And that is what Imdad and his mother had desired to do before they departed to Kurdistan. 
We gladly took them in and one of our veteran fathers (Aveen's dad) offered to show them around the city. They spent some time seeing the different sites, including the garden tomb and the Arab sook (outdoor market), which is popular among the families. 
Even though Imdad's time with us was only a couple weeks, it was enough time for us to come to love this precious young man and his mother. We are blessed that they are now safely home and are thankful to the Lord for His healing in Imdad's life. 

Imdad Officially Discharged

Posted on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 20:11 by Rebakah Yang

This morning Susanne and I had the privilege of bringing Imdad and his mother to the hospital for his final echo and follow-up exam. We were praying that, after this echo, he would able to leave the hospital and go back to his sweet home in Kurdistan.

When we arrived there were quite a few other kids waiting as well. Imdad was very patient and cheerful while waiting. Eventually, it was his turn.
Doctor Demeke checked Imdad's heart thoroughly. In the end, he announced the good news to us: Imdad could be officially released from the hospital!
Tonight we are getting together to celebrate Imdad's new life with his new heart. My prayer for our dear Imdad is that Yeshua's love and strength will be like a little seed that continues to grow when he returns. In Messiah's name, amen.

Imdad Discharged

Posted on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 22:44 by John Barancik

Today Imdad was discharged. His heart catheterization seems to have been totally successful. He and his mother were in high spirits as they waited for the "all clear" to leave the hospital. As we waited, I played some games with Imdad.

He was overwhelmed with so many gifts - snacks and toys, as well as some masks and other assorted costume articles. Imdad has to return to the hospital for an echocardiogram, hopefully his final test.

Please pray that the echo goes well, and Imdad and his mother can return home.


On the Cusp of Knowing

Posted on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 23:33 by Alexa Bigl

Imdad received his interventional catheterization this morning.

We arrived early to Wolfson for a big day, with Seraj's surgery and Imdad's cath both scheduled. Around 8:30 a.m. Imdad headed up to the cath lab. It was a very important procedure, and the doctors couldn't predict whether the cath would fully repar the stenosis, or if Imdad would need additional surgery. 

Imdad's mother was tearful at first, but soon composed herself and remained very strong the rest of the morning. Seraj's father was a wonderful support for her, as he awaited his own son's surgical repair to finish.

During our waiting time we had tea together, walked around the hospital, and prayed. While the waiting was difficult, it wasn't too long. Around 11 a.m. Imdad was finished.

He napped on and off the rest of the morning and afternoon, and had water and lunch in between. He didn't complain about pain, but was very quiet and clearly sleepy.

The doctors reported all the images from the cath look really good, but they can still hear a murmur. The combination is making them unsure of the final results of the cath. Tomorrow morning Imdad will receive an echocardiogram, and then we will know whether or not he needs open-heart surgery. Imdad's mom was able to update her husband over the phone, and then both mother and son were able to rest. 

We will be lifting up Imdad in prayer over the coming hours. We are praying for peace for him and his mother, and we are also praying for that echo. We fully trust God in whatever plan He has, and we are trusting His name will be glorified through whatever path He has planned out for Imdad's healing. 

Preparing for Surgery

Posted on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 23:48 by John Barancik

Today we were surprised to hear that the hospital was ready to admit Imdad.

After lunch we all gathered around Imdad to ask for the Father's blessing upon him and his medical team. He will stay at the hospital tonight, and tomorrow he will undergo a heart catheter operation.

Join with us in prayer for Imdad and his medical team, and for God's peace to be upon Imdad's mother.


Weak, but Strong

Posted on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 21:24 by Ruth Zellweger

This morning Imdad and his mother came to the hospital again, this time for a thorough echocardiogram. Again they had to wait quite a while until it was Imdad's turn, but they did so patiently. Both mother and son have a very sweet and gentle spirit. 

Yfat and Dr. Alona carefully assessed Imdad's heart and asked many questions to understand his condition better. Since he was six, Imdad has been experiencing problems connected to his aortic stenosis. Occasionally he has fainting spells, sometimes at school, sometimes at home. His mother, of course, is very worried. 

Dr. Alona told us after the echo that she hopes Imdad's aortic valve could be balloon-dilated in the cath lab. However, she told us that this is only successful in 50% of the cases - the others still have to undergo surgery. Imdad's case will be discussed this Thursday by the doctors and surgeons, and we are waiting to hear when Imdad will be on the schedule for his catheterization.

After the echo was done, we went back to the ward where Dr. Eve took another blood sample. Soon after, we experienced firsthand one of his faintings. Imdad told me that he is not feeling well and collapsed in my arms. He quickly recovered, but was monitored for another hour in the ward. A new EKG was written, and then he was allowed to return to our Jaffa home.

One wouldn't think that Imdad is so unwell. He is weak, but also has a quiet inner strength that is beautiful to behold. We pray that his heart will be healed completely, and that it will be a meaningful time for him in Israel. 

Imdad's Long Day

Posted on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 21:47 by John Barancik
There is an expression, "hurry up and wait!" This became very familiar for Imdad and his mother today. 
It was intake day for Imdad. As such, he was shuffled around a bit. From getting blood work done, to X-RAYS, to a general physical check up, with a lot of waiting in between. Yet Imdad and his mother displayed a level of patience I have rarely seen.
The intake for Imdad is not yet through, as he still has to undergo an echocardiogram and a bit more blood work before he is cleared for surgery. Please pray that God will continue to supply patience unto Imdad and his mother. 

Coming Soon

Posted on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 19:28 by Ruth Zellweger

Our Shevet community will soon welcome Imdad, who will be traveling with his mother the beginning of next week. His aortic valve is not functioning correctly. His condition has worsened over the past few months, and the valve may need to be replaced.

We hope and pray that the final preparations for their travel will go well, and that Imdad's journey towards a healed heart will be both beautiful and meaningful.