Yara's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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First Echo

Posted on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:23 by Noa Ehehalt

As we already wrote, Yara and der mum settled down at Shevet a few days ago. Today was the very first echo of her. As we drove to the hospital today Yara was calm and peaceful. Also during the echo she stayed brave and the mother lovingly looked after her child.

Pray the Lord, the echo was good! Yara is stable and recovering very well. In two weeks she will have her second echo. Thanks for all your prayers.

Discharged from ICU

Posted on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:54 by Sophie Harvie

It was lovely to hear the news today that baby Yara was ready to be discharged to come home to our community at Shevet. This was good to hear because yesterday we were worried that an x-ray had shown a problem with one of her lungs resulting in a prolonged inpatient stay.

However, when we first saw Yara today at Sheba it was very clear that she would be coming home. Mum's bags was packed and Yara was happy and alert resting on her bed in the corridor of secondary ICU. Yara's mother was very patient with our team today as we had many things to coordinate before being able to come home. There is a kitchen area at Sheba and this really became a Kurdish Community Kitchen for most of the afternoon! It was lovely to see how kindly the families interact with one another.

We are so pleased to have Yara back at home with us now and we are looking forward to getting to know her mum much more over the next few weeks. Please pray for Yara's ongoing healing and for opportunities to share the Good News with Yara's mum.


Posted on Sun, 10/28/2018 - 23:22 by Coby van Wijhe
When I visited little Yara this morning, she was happy and smiling. Mom is so pleased that she is improving. A great burden has been taken from her shoulders. A few hours later they phoned us and said she will be discharged! However, when I entered the hospital this afternoon again for the admission of Shahad, the nurse said Yara has to stay. They did an x-ray and saw that one of her lungs was not fully dilated. Her saturation is okay and she is not on oxygen but they want to keep an eye on her.
We are thankful that her heart is doing well after such a big operation and we pray that also her lungs will recover and be healthy again.

On the Move

Posted on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 15:16 by Robyn Stuart

Thrilled was the look on Yara's mother's face as I visited with them today. All her support cables had been removed and now she just had a nasal tube remaining. She had moved late yesterday from the ICU unit to Secondary ICU. Laying in her oversized bed she kept her eyes on her devoted mother's face, as she spoke softly to her. She returned many lovely smiles. Yara is making steady progress and is healing well. All her vital statistics are good. We are all glad Yara has come to Israel for this lifesaving opportunity. We look forward to spending time with her and her mother back at the house when she is strong enough. Please pray this will not be too long. 

Being Extubated!

Posted on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 00:16 by Coby van Wijhe
We are so happy to get you know that little Yara is being exubated this afternoon. Mom was very happy. She touched her little sweetheart. Thanks to our Lord He is the healer of this little girl!

Yara is Stable

Posted on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:55 by Robyn Stuart

When I found Yara's mother today she was quietly sitting in one of the waiting rooms. Her mind was obviously thinking of her little daughter. Still intubated and attached to many cables, her concerns are understandable. We went into the ICU together and asked the nurses who attended her for an update. They said she was stable at the moment but they were not expecting to extubate her today. Communicating this to her mother in my very limited Kurdish put a small smile on her face.

Please lift baby Yara in prayer for continued stability so that her mum can keep that smile on her face. 

Operation Day

Posted on Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:23 by Coby van Wijhe
Around midday I visited Yara and Mom at the ward. Mom was sad because Yara was hungry and wanted to be breastfed but that was not possible because of the surgery. Just than the nurse came and told Mom that she could go. Mom was able to be with her till the sedation. I was outside the door waiting for Mom. How hard it is for a parent to let your little one go and not knowing if she will make it. Mom was devastated and cried. Together with other Kurdisch Mom's we could comfort her and prayed for a good surgery. Then you have to wait for five hours before you know anything. 
Around 5.00pm Yara was brought to the ICU. We had a quick look at her. Mom was released and phoned the family straight away. They are of course also worried. 
The doctor said it was a very big operation. It went well but the coming days are very important. How will her little body cope with the change. Let's pray that her body will adjust to the new situation! May God's glory be seen through her life.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all. 1 Chron 29:11

On Her Way

Posted on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:45 by Jennifer Kellner

The hospital called early in the day to let us know that Yara will be admitted for surgery the following day. Yara's mom quickly packed her belongings and got ready for the next destination, Sheba hospital. 

While this was good news that Yara could be admitted, her mom was understandably upset and fearful in the car. However, as we got to the hospital, she and Yara seemed in better spirits and we were warmly welcomed by the medical staff at Sheba. I prayerfully hoped that Yara and mom would not have to wait long to be admitted and was very pleased when her EKG, blood work, x-ray and admittance all took place within about an hour!
Yara will have her open heart surgery tomorrow around noon. Please pray with us that the operation is successful and that her mother can be at peace and feel comforted throughout the waiting process. 

Welcome to Israel, Little Yara!

Posted on Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:22 by Coby van Wijhe
This morning at 7.15 Yara and her mother arrived safely in Israel. Julio and I met them at the arrival hall. Yara is a sweet little girl of 2 months. After the first checkup we went straight to the hospital for their first echo and meeting the doctor. 
Yara was doing very well. They were tired from the flight and slept a lot. The echo took a long time, but Mom was very patient and breast fed Yara in between. The doctor spent a lot of time examining her to fully dunderstand her condition. Yara has a severe congenital heart defect called Truncus Arteriosus. It is a rare type of heart disease in which a single blood vessel (truncus arteriosus) comes out of the right and left ventricles, instead of the normal 2 vessels (pulmonary artery and aorta). 
After about four hours we were ready to go home. Mom was warmly welcomed by the other volunteers and the Kurdish moms. After lunch and the first introduction to the Shevet house, Mom went to bed. It was for her a very long and exhausting day. 
Little Yara these are the plans God has in store for you:
"For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you," says the Lord , "plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11