You may click the play arrow below to listen in as Akhlas says goodbye:
The happy couple walked out of the hospital together thanking God!
Akhlas waved goodbye to Schneider, and headed back to Jerusalem. They
were advised that Akhlas should rest about a week, and then she would be home. Please join us in thanking God for His hand on Akhlas life during this procedure, and let's pray that her healing would be complete in every way.
Once the nurses cleared out of the way, Akram moved in like a mother hen, anxious to see if Akhlas was responsive. Click the play arrow below to hear his first question: "Do I love you?" and see his smile when she nods yes!
When we left Akhlas was slowly becoming more alert as her general anesthesia wore off, and full of smiles.
If all goes well, she should be released to return to us in Jerusalem Thursday afternoon. We thank God for hearing the prayers of all of us who've been interceding for this lovely couple.
When Robin and I noticed Akhlas becoming tired, we left the room so she could rest, and after a little while longer, the Arabic-speaking nurse was available. She instructed Akhlas and Akram about preparing for the catheterization as well as the paperwork involved, and then told them they could go out for the afternoon as long as they informed the staff. This was great news to them, and we walked together to a small mall attached to the main portion of the hospital, where Akhlas admitted that she preferred a sandwich from a restaurant there to the hospital tray she'd received. They requested prayer before we left, and we were able to have a few minutes of prayer together. We left them relaxing in the dining area, after which they planned to stroll through a small art gallery in the mall.
Please join us in prayer as we cover this dear couple in a special way at this time. Akhlas is scheduled to go to the catheterization lab at 11 am Wednesday for her procedure. Her doctors are Drs. Bruckheimer and Birk, and we'll be asking for wisdom as they attempt to discern just how far to dilate the mitral valve, without going too far.
After enjoying the the westward panoromic view of Jerusalem, we went to the other end of the mount to look eastward toward the Dead Sea and Judean wilderness. Akram throughout the trip enjoyed the opportunity to photograph his wife in these biblical settings.
Tomorrow morning by 9 am we hope to be on the road to the hospital for the first indications of which road doctors will take in treating Akhlas. Watch this space for an update tomorrow night.