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A hospital in Iraq is back up on its feet after years of getting knocked down and now it’s better and bigger than ever!
Rebuilt after many years of violence in Iraq, the Ibn al-Bitar Hospital for Cardiac Surgery in Baghdad is beginning a new program to teach its doctors how to better operate on children who need heart surgery.
“”Until now, we have not been able to conduct heart surgery on infants,’ said Doctor Hussein Ali al-Hilli, director of the Ibn Bitar Hospital for Cardiac Surgery in Baghdad.
‘We receive 80 children a day with various heart-related birth defects that we cannot treat. We need three years to learn because such procedures are complicated,’ he added.”
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December 8, 2010 by Cody · Comments Off
On the second day, little Ritha continues to rest as Haydar came next to him in the ICU after another successful heart operation. The local male nurses in the ICU gave in to Ritha and let him play with a giraffe stuffed animal. At first they told me he should be playing with something more “manly”, like a dog!
Who wants to send us over some manly toys? (They’re for the kids. We promise.)
Thanks to those manly ICU nurses, Ahmed’s on schedule to be out of the ICU in less in than 24 hours!
Check back on Ahmed!
Remedy Missions are international pediatric heart surgery teams that we bring to Iraq to perform lifesaving heart surgeries and develop the infrastructure for the future. This Remedy Mission is made possible by the Vice President of Iraq, Living Light International, and the International Children’s Heart Foundation. If you’re on Twitter this week be sure to use the #RemedyMission hashtag to describe all the good news coming out of Iraq via @preemptivelove and @babyheart_org. If you’re on Facebook, “Share” this story with the button below.
March 18, 2008 by Jeremy · Comments Off
We met both Arya and his mother in the hospital with big smiles on their faces. His heart is doing well and he is considered to be in good health. Tomorrow Arya will undergo one last minor operation to fix his right thumb, which has a small deformity. He will be returning home soon!
The wait is over! Being the last of the Iraqi children who came over the border on December 31, 2007, Arya has now been admitted to Wolfson Medical Center for surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning, February 21st. The complexity of his heart condition and the severity of the operation necessitated the delay.
For Arya’s mother, the months of heartache while watching other children go into the hospital and subsequently return and leave for home was quickly becoming unbearable for her to behold. We are pleased to tell you that today, we saw Mom jumping for joy and speaking as clearly as she could in English, “I love you, I love you” as she stood in the pediatric ward smiling from ear to ear as she told us how God answered our prayers.