Doctors are literally putting their heads together to save Hassin‘s life. Dr. William Novick of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (on the left in red) is teaching the local Iraqi doctors how to correct Hassin’s heart defect.
Please pray for this boy’s recovery. More to come…
They wheeled Zahraa out of the operating room and into the ICU. Now she’s got 8 nurses and doctors around her making sure she’s safe and on her way to recovery.
A local International Children’s Heart Foundation nurse will watch over her while teaching the Iraqi nurses how to bring Zahraa back to health. But now, the only thing for little Zahraa to do is sleep! We’ll have more for you tomorrow.
Zahraa has passed the test!
Her echo went well, and now she can go home. Watch the above video to get a quick update on Remedy Mission XII and to see shots of little Zahraa heading home with a healed heart!
We’re back in Najaf for our 12th Remedy Mission!
If you’ve been following our work recently, you may be surprised to hear we even left the city since we just wrapped Remedy Mission XI there a couple weeks ago. Some of the local hospital staff weren’t even sure we’d left!
But the first patient for this mission was lifted onto the operating table this morning, and we’re excited to introduce her to you. She’s a little 6 year-old girl named Zahraa, and she’s getting her heart fixed now!
Watch the video above to hear more about her situation, and then come back in a few hours to find out how she’s doing.
More to come…
This is our final O.R. update for Remedy Mission XI in Najaf, and we can’t think of a better time to thank you for the lives you’ve helped save than right now! You made this a happy ending.
You gave money that bought plane tickets that led to training that saved lives and led to Iraqi doctors saying things like “I never imagined I would be learning to operate like this!”
So thank you!
Also, please allow us to use this space to thank our partners at Living Light International for their role in setting up this mission with the Ministry of Health and the provincial government of Najaf. We could not do this without their expertise and their devotion to the cause and their belief in the vision toward which we are moving. Also, we are grateful to the International Children’s Heart Foundation and their cadre of staff and volunteers from Memphis to Melbourne. None of the staff at PLC have any of the medical skills necessary to save these sweet children. Our hopes and our vision for the future of Iraq would be dead in the water without Dr. Novick and ICHF.
In the video, we also share a bit about Hussain and his progress as well as info on our fast-approaching Remedy Mission XII, where we’ll introduce you to even more amazing children in need of lifesaving heart surgery. You can donate below to partner with us further, and keep reading here on the blog—the best is yet to come.
Help us go back to Najaf to save more lives by donating below!
Have you ever wondered what a surgery actually looks like? Have you ever wanted to peek into the O.R. to see what it takes to save a child’s life?
So I got permission from the local surgeons to set my camera up outside the operating theatre—for 7 hours! Little Hussain’s operation had a few twists and turns, but sitting outside that door watching it all unfold was well worth it, and now you can do the same. Click the video above (or click here) to watch the lifesaving surgery you gave to Hussain!
Would you like to make more surgeries like this possible? We’re going back to this same operating room in just a couple weeks, and we need your help saving more lives. Click here to donate directly, or go start your own fundraiser here—we love doing this alongside you!
We’re back in Najaf for Remedy Mission XI, and the surgeries are well underway! Push play to hear our surgery count so far and how the local doctors are reacting to these fantastic training opportunities.
Keep watching to see updates of Hussain—we hear he’s in the hospital! This is the third of several operating room updates that we’ll be sending you, so keep watching and visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the hospital.
We’re back in Najaf for Remedy Mission XI, and the surgeries are underway!
Click the play button to meet our kind cardiologists (volunteers w/ the International Children’s Heart Foundation), and to hear more about their work so far.
Several children have now received operations and are doing well—we’ll introduce you to some of then soon.
This is the second of several operating room updates that we’ll be sending you, so keep watching and keep an eye on our Facebook page to see more!
We’re back in Najaf for Remedy Mission XI, and the attitude is electric!
We’ve made a schedule and two children are getting an operation today. This is the first of several operating room updates that we’ll be sending you, so stay tuned!
We’ve arrived, and the operating table is ready!
This Remedy Mission XI team is represented by people from China, Belarus, Mexico, The United States, Australia, Croatia, and Iraq, and families are swarming in a way that has become sadly familiar: mothers thrust their children at us, fathers attempt to elbow their way into our line of sight.
The Backlog is ever-present, but we plan to take a chunk out of it over the next couple weeks!
We have two children scheduled to receive operations today—come back later for the first video update from our director. To see more photography and stories from this trip, you can also keep an eye on our Facebook Page.