Layan's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Bon Voyage!

Posted on Sun, 08/05/2018 - 23:41 by Rodney Stuart

Last Wednesday, the first of August, was our final day with Layan and her mother. Home to Kurdistan at last!

As tradition goes, we celebrated Layan’s new heart and clearance to go home with a farewell party. The theme was “sea shells” as she truly loved the beach not far from our home.

We wish Layan a happy and healthy future ahead and pray that God will be with her for the rest of her life.

Bon voyage, Layan!

Great Results!

Posted on Sun, 07/22/2018 - 19:53 by Boltin Teeter

Layan had a follow-up echocardiogram today and we received great results! The doctors said there is no fluid around her lungs and she is recovering well. As of today, Layan is cleared to go back home to Kurdistan or to stay one more week for another echocardiogram. Layan’s mother has decided to stay for one more echocardiogram before they head home. Layan is on two medications, one that will be finished in a week, and one that will last her about a month longer. 

Layan and her mother where both in high spirits as the doctors reported she is cleared to go home! Layan is getting better every day and is now very active, especially in the waiting room. She has progressed from walking with two of her hands being held to only one hand being held for balance and her legs supporting her body weight. 

Mom was very excited to go back to Kurdistan, but slightly nervous about traveling alone with Layan. She would prefer to travel with another mom or staff member to Kurdistan. In trying to determine if her travel preference can be met, we do not yet know her departure date. It is very encouraging to see Layan’s progress and excitement towards her return home!

Good Results!

Posted on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:38 by Maxine Stuart

Layan had another echocardiogram today. It was highly anticipated, her mum has been counting down the days! Layan was not happy about being put on the examination bed, but calmed down enough for the team to get good pictures.

Her doctor reported that she no longer has fluid around her lungs! This is great news. Doc has instructed us to decrease Layans medication over the next few days and she will rexamine her on Sunday. After visiting some of the other Kurdish children who are at Sheba, Layan fell asleep, and we headed home. 

Almost the Last Echo

Posted on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:20 by Johanna Ebert

We all hoped that it would be Layan‘s last echo today. But unfortunately was there again some fluid around her lungs and the doctor had to restart the medicine. We have to come back in one week to make sure that she is healthy when she goes back to Kurdistan.

We are very glad that the mum understands the importance of it and has no problem to stay longer. Let’s pray to the Lord for healing and good echo results next week!

Sweet Layan's Echo

Posted on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 16:29 by Heidi

Sweet Layan went to have an echo today. She was so happy and talkative. Her mother was excited and hoping it will be one of their last trips to the hospital. While we were waiting I helped Layan practice her walking.

She is getting better at it everyday. But the happiness ended when it was time for the echo. Sweet Layan cried the whole time but never tried to wiggle away, thankfully. It made the process a little smoother.

But as soon as it was finished she was all happy again. The doctor said the echo showed that her heart is good and that there is no more fluid in her chest cavity. The news her mother loved the most was the next echo could be the last and then it's back home to Kurdistan. Continue praying for sweet Layan and her mother.

Getting Stronger

Posted on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 16:35 by Georgia Willcocks

Layan and her mum came to hospital for a chest X-Ray and a blood test today. What a lovely pair to spend time with! Layan is smiley and friendly, and engages everyone who meets her! Today while we were waiting for the X-Ray, she managed to charm a few crisps from another patient.

Here she is looking very pleased with herself!

The doctor said the fluid is still decreasing in her lungs, and he is pleased that her chest is nearly looking normal.
Mum is really keen that Layan starts walking more now she is getting stronger following her surgery. Let's keep praying for her continued recovery and development back at our home. 

Home Again!

Posted on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:30 by Maxine Stuart

Little Layan was able to come home today. The fluid around her lungs has decreased significantly, and the doctors are happy for her to come back to the house. She is looking bright, and Mum was very happy to come home. She will go back to hospital on Thursday for an xray and blood test to check all is well.

Layan Back at Sheba

Posted on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:08 by Co-authored

By Johanna Ebert and Nelly Bekx

Today Layan went to the hospital for an echo. She also hasn't been feeling well the last couple of days. The doctor saw a pleural effusion during the echo. At first, she thought Layan would need a pleural drainage, but after a few other tests, she decided to try it first with medicine. 

However, Layan will have to stay over night. During this time they also would like to look at what may be causing her fever. 

Today was very hard and stressful for Layan and her mother and we hope they can have a restful night!

Discharged from Secondary ICU

Posted on Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:16 by Sophie Harvie

Sweet and courageous Layan and her lovely mother were able to join us in our Shevet Achim community this afternoon. Layan has been discharged from  secondary ICU following her surgery and the doctors have been very pleased with her progress so far.

It was a joy to collect the pair from the hospital. Layan smiled and danced in her car seat all the way home! On arrival back home Layan was able to be reunited with her cousin Taim. This is such wonderful timing as Taim is due to fly home to Kurdistan on Sunday evening.

By the evening time, Layan already seemed to be firmly established as part of the community. I had the pleasure of watching her, Vareen and Briyar playing together and negotiating important business relating to the toy tea set. We are all very much looking forward to getting to know Layan and her mother more over these next few weeks. 

Layan will have an echo and review at Sheba in one week's time.

Out of the Bed

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:36 by Johanna Ebert

Little Layan had a good day, today. In the morning the nurses could remove her drainages and in the afternoon when we visited her and her mum, the mum asked us for an wheelchair.

Short after we arranged one, Layan‘s mum put her in it and we started all together a tour through the secondary ICU. She is a really cute little girl and we enjoyed the time with her. I can barely believe that it is the some child what I meet at the airport, a week ago. Her skin color looks so good and she is not even a little bit shy anymore. She waved, smiled and gave us blown kisses all the time. We hope she will be discharge soon. Please pray with us for a good recovering!