Bawan's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Echo Findings

Posted on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:19 by Jesse Tilman

"To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit." 1 Cor 12:9

Continuing Bawan's healing story, we brought him for a further echocardiogram today. 

After just being discharged, it was a bit funny bringing him back to the hospital, but he was glad to be getting the checkup. It was a bit crowded in the department, nevertheless we were soon ushered into the room.
The doctor examined him carefully and decided to add a blood-thinning medicine to his regime. He told us that one of Bawan's valves is still constricted (too narrow) though he hopes that it will get within the desired range as Bawan grows, maybe even while he is still in Israel!
He is scheduled for another echo on Monday. May his healing be complete!

Bawan out of Hospital!

Posted on Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:35 by Maxine Stuart

Today we got some unexpected but very good news. Little Bawan was cleared to come home! He was getting an echo done when we arrived, and was crying with discomfort. My team-mate Nate mentioned how it was the first time he'd seen this cherub look-alike cry! It was actually my first time too, and I have been around his smiley face for over 3 months now. Anyway, the doctor said he was well enough to return home but has to come back tomorrow for another echo. I collected his medication and instructions of how to care for him at home, and we arrived to the Shevet house a short time later. Bawan was received with joy at the house, and his father was all-smiles. 


Posted on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:10 by Alena D'Olimpio

Today, I had the joy of seeing Bawan for the first time since he left the house for surgery. Anyone who knows Bawan will know that this little one emanates exactly that: joy. He is such a happy boy, always laughing and smiling. At first he was a little bit fussy as his father was trying to give him a bottle; however after a few minutes he fell asleep. His dad wanted to go get lunch, so I sat by his bed while his father was absent. During this time the doctors conferenced around his bed to discuss their little patient. I got the chance to ask when they expected him to be moved out of the ICU and thankfully the answer was later on today.

Praise God for Bawan's recovery and for the wise staff of Wolfson! He woke up while I was still with him; he did not cry or seem upset, on the contrary he seemed like his pre-surgery self. His hand gripped one of my fingers and his eyes were taking in the bustling ICU. His father returned from lunch, and we chatted about how he used to pull Bawan's hair into a small bun on the top of his head, and how, after Bawan is released from the hospital, he'll style his son's hair like that again. It was good to laugh with Bawan's father and see Bawan smile again. It is moments like these that serve as reminders we are all created in the image of God. 

Postoperative Day #1

Posted on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:02 by Noelle Chung

Bawan is stable in the ICU. Extubation was done this morning. Bawan's dad was very excited at how awake Bawan seemed. Bawan was also happy to see his Dad again. However, he soon developed mild stridor (wheezing) and had to stay at ICU one more day.

Postoperative echocardiogram showed good result.

Bawan's Surgery Day was Today!

Posted on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:48 by Jesse Tilman

"Today We Heard His Voice and Believed." The busy doctors were able to call Bawan for his surgery today after previous attempts.

We left bright and early to be there for this father and son. They were situated in the ward next to our other long-time residents, Daru and mother. After a short time of relaxing with them, a nurse came in and announced gruffly that it was time to go.
He guided the hospital bed through the hall as Bawan was carried in his father's arms.
Down in the surgery area, Sophia went on into the family rooms with them for the final time with Bawan before the operation. After she and the father came out, we were only in the waiting seats a short time before a nurse that looked like she was retired and just helping out at the hospital in her spare time came by and reminded us that the surgery would be a while and it would be better to go for a walk.
During the day we visited just about everywhere, all our friends, and the cafe, not to mention the falafel shop across the street! The father handled the time well and kept that "stiff upper lip." One half hour, we went up to an overlook of the walk-in entrance and people watched with our reflections on the yellow windows across the main hall. After exchanging some thoughts on faith, we got to wave to Yousef and Esther as they entered for the Gaza Clinic. 
The burst of activity as a child exits the surgery area did not disappoint as we jumped to it to keep up with Bawan's team.
Then the lull as we waited for him to be stabilized came and we found some books to read. A main doctor came by and let us know that the surgery had been a success with no complications. 
Soon we entered the ICU and got to see Bawan for ourselves. The amount of nurses around him soon built up as they maybe felt more pressure to have him squared away in front of us. After the attention waned we got to speak with a few of the staff in the quiet and confirmed his condition. They communicated to the father the protocols for the ICU and what to expect for the days ahead. They did connect two temporary pacemakers laboriously, I believe precautionary measures.
After hanging out a bit more a nurse encouraged the father to get back home for the night and get some solid rest before they extubate (wake from sedation) Bawan tomorrow. He agreed and we made ready to go. On the way out, another main doctor for the children rejoiced with us for Bawan's good prognosis. 
Praise to our Father in Heaven for His wonderful works among the children of men! He has been good to us today.

Admitted for Surgery Tomorrow!

Posted on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:20 by Noelle Chung

We headed for the hospital in the morning with Bawan and his father for his long-awaited admission for surgery! Because of the busy schedule of the hospital, Bawan had to wait a couple of months for surgery. Bawan’s father and Bawan have been very calm and patient in the midst of uncertainties.

Bawan changed into the hospital gowns and got his blood sampled for the preoperative test. He was brave and did not cry much. He and Daru received bed placements next to each other. Bawan will be operated tomorrow morning, while Daru’s operation is in two days. 

CT Scan and Smiles

Posted on Sun, 12/03/2017 - 17:27 by Swain Wilson

Bawan arrived at the hospital Saturday evening for his CT scan Sunday morning. He was put under general anesthesia for the CT. We’re waiting for results but otherwise there’s no update on his condition. Dad kept Bawan's spirits high and he was smiling and well-behaved throughout his stay at Wolfson.

The children received boxes at the hospital for Hanukkah which had candy and little dreidels. Bawan loved watching the dreidel spin and playing with the candy.

Initial Assessment

Posted on Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:01 by Alexa Bigl

Bawan headed to Wolfson this morning for his first visit to the hospital! It was a busy day and we weren't quite able to finish all the steps. Tomorrow, we will return for his echo, but everything else was completed. Bawan was checked over by the nurses and doctors, had blood and urine tests, a ppd, chest x-ray, ECG, vital signs, and more today! 

Bawan is only a year old but already tipping the scales at 12 kilograms! He is outgoing and has smiles for everyone. He is learning how to walk with assisting hands, and he is a great eater. His loving personality is clearly straight from his dad. Bawan's father adores his son and is a beautiful dad; I very much enjoyed watching them interact today. 
Bawan has become fast friends with many of our community members but took a special liking to Suhail this morning. 
He practically jumped into his arms upon seeing him! We are all happy to see son and father seeming quite comfortable right from the get-go. It's going to be a fun and exciting journey towards Bawan's healed heart! 

Welcome to Israel, Bawan!

Posted on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 21:19 by Jesse Tilman

We are happy to welcome one year-old Bawan to Israel! He arrived this morning along with two other children from northern Iraq. After some time in questioning, they came out of the arrivals hall helping each other in phases from the luggage area.

Bawan was delighted to be here and joyfully beamed at everyone. His vitals were taken there in the public waiting area and we were soon on our way. He has Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) as well as an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). He will go to Wolfson hospital for cardiac surgery.
At the Shevet home it was a different story though, as his father struggled to pacify him as we asked questions about their background.  They soon went to take a nap together.
Father and son are getting to know our other father and son (Kovan) in residence currently. They are quickly swapping news, local advice, and back stories. It's good to see our Kurdish man here get some company.
Thank you Lord for bringing Bawan to Israel for a life-giving surgery! May their time here be blessed.