Shadi's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Still needs $5500
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Shadi is Improving

Posted on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:28 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning when we saw Shadi, I was very pleased. He looked so much better than last week. Also mom was doing much better and looked more relax and rested. Shadi still had a little cough. He is taking an antibiotic and a nebulizer to clear his lungs.

In the afternoon we heard from the doctor that he is ready to go home. We were able to pick him up around four o'clock. So we went outside and waited. When we got back to the ward, Mom said the doctor had just changed his plans and they want to keep him another day. Mom felt okay about this. So we left without Shadi and his Mom. Thank you Lord for this beautiful baby and lovely mom. May his lungs be healed soon!

Set-backs for Shadi

Posted on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:26 by Coby van Wijhe

Yesterday evening Shadi was admitted to the children's ward. This morning we visited him. Shadi is still not well. His fever was gone but the little fellow is struggling and very restless. He has vomitted two times. He has been on a drip, but it dislodged from the vein during the night. His arm and part of his chest was all swollen. After the swelling goes down, they will put him on a drip again and change his medication. Mom slept a little last night but is worried about her son's health. They don't know yet if he has pneunomia or a virus infection. For now they are working hard to get him better and then they will look at his cardiac problem. Mom was very pleased to see us. Leah and Rob (Alexa's sister and brother-in-law) also spent some time with her. We also gave he an Israeli Sim card in her phone to stay close with her family at home. We were able to tell her that we are praying for her precious son. I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer!

First Assessments and Admission

Posted on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:51 by Coby van Wijhe

This morning we (Johanna, Nate and I) went together with Shadi and Binyamin and their guardians to Sheba hospital. Shadi was not feeling well, and he arrived yesterday with a cough. This morning he had a temperature. In the hospital they did his assessments but because of his fever they wanted to find out where the temperature came from.

We went to the ER and they took some blood and did an x-ray. Shadi was not happy. We tried to put him to sleep while waiting. Mom speaks very good English and that made the communication so much easier.

She was doing fine although she was very tired because of lack of sleep. In the hospital they checked his temp, which was 38.6 C (101.4 F). The doctor decided to admit him. Mom was pleased that they took such good care of him.

Please pray for him that the fever may drop and that his health will improve.

Shadi Arrives in Israel

Posted on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:10 by Jesse Tilman

Our newest Kurdish arrivals came in good time through the airport. Their plane was a little late, but before long they had their bags and were walking out to greet us in the Arrivals Hall.

Shadi is a sweet little boy with AV Canal Defect. He's come with his English and Arabic fluent mother; what a Godsend! They've already jumped in and begun helping with the many translation needs around the house. His heart defect comes from the failure to develop of certain in-utero structures of the heart that help divide the chambers of the developing heart. Without these structures, his pumping blood has too much mixing of oxygen-rich and oxygen-low blood and his body isn't getting what it needs. With surgery he will have a good chance at a more normal life.
His mother is a blast - we joked that she could be coming from the West because her English is so smooth! They're a joy to add to the household and we look forward to a friendly time during their stay.