September 8, 2008 by Jeremy · Comments Off
Shkar, who underwent heart surgery on August 6th, has been healing rapidly and is already on his way back home to Iraq with his mother. The doctors cleared Shkar to return home after they had conducted the final echo-cardiogram and removed the last stitches. The surgeons reported that Shkars heart surgery was relatively easy, compared to other cases, so his recovery has been pretty fast. We’re excited for Shkar to return home and start living life with a strong heart!
August 18, 2008 by Jeremy · Comments Off
12 year old Hevi underwent a heart catherterization on August 14th that revealed one hole in her heart and an obstruction of the left pulmonary valve. Both of these problems the doctors have confirmed can be fixed, however, she is also missing a left pulmonary
artery, which poses a big challange to these surgeons. Hevi and her mom will find out soon what her prognosis will be and how much
these surgeons will be able to correct on her heart.
Hevi, and other children like her, arrive at this hospital with huge hopes hanging in the balance. We’re honored to be able to share in brokering some hope for these kids and their families. The funding we provide is able to secure the utmost care and medical expertise available for these children to bring their hopes to reality. So keep spreading the word and partnering with us so that we can see many more Hevi’s and Shkar’s from Iraq live with healed hearts.
Shkar underwent 2 surgeries in the past few days to fully correct the problems with his heart. After many long hours in surgery and his mother pacing the halls, Shkar is now recovering and able to walk around a bit. Today, Shkar and his mother called their family back home in Iraq to tell them about the successful surgery. The outlook for Shkar is so bright and he and his mother are so thankful for everyone who has been part of this hope-filled journey!
12 year old Hevi and 6 year old Shkar have arrived safely in Jordan and are undergoing the initial tests and preparations for their heart surgeries. These kids and their parents have been through a lot in just a few days: leaving their families in Iraq, travelling all the way to Jordan, adjusting to a very foreign place and then undergoing lots of medical tests. This is has been a long process for many just to get to this point. There is a mixed sense of relief and yet apprehension to finally be at the hospital and be one step closer to the actual heart surgery. And yet Hevi and Shkar both had smiles to show after their blood tests, injections and echocardiograms. These kids are so resilient! What a privilege for us to be part of this journey with them.
July 14, 2008 by Jeremy · Comments Off
Thanks to a series of summer fundraising events in the States, the friends of PLC have raised at least $12,500 for heart surgeries to go to Iraqi children. Money is still coming in, but we’ve applied the first round to the sweet kids below who will now be able to travel next week to heart surgery outside of Iraq thanks to the kind kids and their parents who gave this summer so that others could live!
Shkar, 6 years old
Shkar’s case is very urgent and has recently caused him a great deal of difficulty breathing. His surgery is long-overdue, but doctors believe that he can still have a normal life. We plan for Shkar to be in surgery July 2008.
Hevi, 12 years old
Hevi has a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four anatomical abnormalities. Thankfully, doctors believe she can be fully healed and lead a ‘new life.’ We plan for her to be in surgery July 2008.
Shanaw, 12 years old
Shanaw’s case is very urgent. Though it’s difficult to see under the face-painting you see in the picture, Shanaw’s skin is very blue due to a severe valvular obstruction in her heart. Doctors believe she can be cured through surgery and go on to a healthy, normal life. Shanaw has received all her funding now and we plan for her to be in surgery July 2008.
Kale, 8 years old
Kale’s family keeps calling to remind our partnering organization that their little girl still needs help. Her favorite subject in second grade is English… We’re eager to follow up with her when she returns from her surgery. You can write notes to Kale in simple English here. Kale has received all her funding now and we plan for her to be in surgery July 2008.
Sarah, 8 years old
The cardiologist at the March 2008 screening found that the heart of this frail little girl can be fully restored through surgery. Her internal organs are all on the wrong side (situs inversus) – sometimes surgeons will use a mirror to operate in this case! We hope to have her in surgery in July.