As I presented Shad with his gift, a children's storybook Bible in his own language, it gave me such joy to see the excitement simply shining in his eyes as he received his new book! As he gave me a very happy handshake, I told him (in my broken Kurdish) how much we loved him, and that we were giving him this book because Jesus loves him. I pray he'll never forget this, and that as he and his mother head back to their home they would remember the love they experienced here, and that they would see it's all from God! Let's give thanks for this boy and the new life he has before him, and pray that God would fill his heart with strength and love each day as he grows into the man God has made him to be.
Doctors say all is well and we believe the hole in his heart is successfully closed. He is coughing and his throat is raspy, but that is normal for patients that have been intubated (or had an artificial breather down their throats).
They brought him back to his room and settled him in for the rest of the day. He was still asleep when we left. Thank you for your prayers.
Today Shad was admitted to the Wolfson Medical Center, as doctors have decided to close the hole in his heart tomorrow by placing a device via catheter rather than open-heart surgery. Nava (one of the greatest nurses on the pediatrics floor) took his vitals and drew his blood as part of admission routine.Later we had a little difficulty getting Shad to wear the hospital clothes (he wanted to wear his street clothes), and he threw a bit of a fit when we told him he had to wear the hospital clothes. However, he eventually complied, and we left him tucked away in his medical attire. Brothers and sisters, please pray for Shads catheterization in the morning. Please pray for a successful procedure, and also for peace to be over Shad and his mother. Well keep you updated on how the procedure goes.
The condition of Shad's front teeth was so bad that dental work was needed before he could be taken to heart surgery (a source of infection in his body could be dangerous during recovery post-surgery). The cardiologists referred Shad to a dentist in Lod that had been part of their network in years past to perform the needed mouth care. Dr. Deib put Shad to sleep to do the simple procedure due to his young age and fear. He had three teeth pulled and a couple more repaired and was back at the Shevet house with his friend Ahmed by early evening, wanting to eat.
Heart surgery is the next step for this little one. Please pray that God will calm his fears and give him peace. May his invitation for surgery come soon. Thank you Lord for all you have done.