Riham had a few difficult days. Last Friday she was extubated after surgery, but because of pulmonary edema they had to intubate her again at the night.
Today when we visited, she was still intubated. They did an echo and said that it looked better. The nurse said they will also start with giving some food. Riham was very cyanotic before surgery and now her skin has a nice pink colour. She is so tiny although she is already two years old. Mom is doing well. The families at the house gave us some clothes to pass on to her. She was pleased to see us and we spend some time with her.
Please pray for the lungs and for full recovery of her heart.
Waiting two years for this day
Anna and I arrived at the hospital to find mum in the waiting room, not frightened but rather joyful that her little girl is finally having the surgery. She has been waiting two years for Riham to be well.
The surgery was a success. The doctor said that there is now a problem with the electricity of Riham’s heart, and she is connected to a pacemaker whilst she is monitored over the next week. It is possible that she would need to have a permanent pacemaker if the situation does not improve.
Riham’s mother was able to breathe a happy sigh of relief when she saw her after the surgery. The doctors made use of the Arabic speakers amongst their staff to ensure that mum had translation for all the information following the surgery.
Please pray for Riham as she recovers this evening and overnight.
Recently arrived Riham has had such wildly-varying oxygen saturation levels (from 30-60% of normal) that our team brought her to the emergency room at the Sheba Medical Center today for further assessment. With her heart condition, a child can suffer a cyanotic spell and quite possibly die at any time. Doctors are hoping to take her to surgery as soon as possible; let’s keep her before the Father.
Smiley and sweet for her CT
Little Riham had an early start this morning, for her CT scan. This was requested by the cardiologist at her echo yesterday, to look at the stenosis in her heart. She is so smiley and sweet towards us, and she didn’t cry whilst she waited even though she had been fasting since the night time. The CT scan was straightforward; we don’t know the outcome yet though, and the medical team will be in touch about the next steps.
Mum was a little tearful as she waited for Riham to come out of the CT scan, and also as we waited for Riham to wake up from the anaesthesia. Please pray that the surgery will be scheduled soon for Riham, and that the Holy Spirit will fill her, and bring her life. She is ever so tiny, surprising everyone who learns that she is 2 years old! Her fingers are long and beautiful, but so blue on the ends. She is a concern for us all, but we have faith that God will bring her full healing, and life in abundance.
Little girl, big operation
This morning Riham had her first appointment at the hospital. It was an early appointment, so we had to leave the house at 7.00 am. Riham was still asleep when I had to picked her up from the cot. She was awake while driving. She was happy. Looking at Mom and smiling.
In the hospital they did the echo, ECG and saturation. Riham is malnourished. She is two years old but her weight is only 5.5 kg (12 pounds). She can’t sit or crawl yet. She is only fed by milk because her body seems not to cope with other food. Although we have to look into this, for now our first concern is the heart. Because there is also a stenosis, she will have a CT scan tomorrow. After that the operation will be planned. With lovely Kurdish children songs on the phone, Riham did very well during the examinations. Mom takes good care of her.
Please pray with us for this tiny little girl. May her body be strong enough for the big operation!