It has been a big blessing to know Shadi and his mother. As we sat together at the airport, our hearts were thankful together for the gift of eight months of Shadi, to which his mother was quick to add that these past two months in Israel have also been a beautiful time.
She kissed his head and feet and hands over and over again, and she loved him, and prayed for his every minute. I think it is the instruction of Jesus to watch and wait and pray in these difficult times, when we are choosing not our own will, but His.
Shadi was very well loved by everyone who met and knew him; as was his dear mother. Many of the hospital staff said lengthy tearful goodbyes as she hugged them all, thanking them for their help and devotion to Shadi.
Shadi’s mother understood this means Shadi is in a very critical condition, and after thanking the doctors in tears, she rushed to her room to pray. On the way, she sent messages to her family and friends to let them know the update on Shadi, before she began to pray, throwing herself facedown onto her prayer mat.
We arrived with two other mothers two hours earlier than we had previously planned for their appointments, due to Shadi’s condition. I will add that as soon as we explained what had happened, these two mothers were ready to leave within 5 minutes; one of them was Samem’s mother, one of her closest friends. The other was Sulaiman’s mother. She has the memories of Sulaiman being put onto ECMO fresh in her mind. Shadi’s mother has been a supportive friend to all throughout her time here, and it is clear that to all, she and Shadi are dearly loved in return.
We hope and pray with all our hearts that Shadi will make a full recovery, and that the Spirit of God will surround Shadi’s dear mother in this time.
We were joined throughout the time by old friends and new ones, the other Kurdish mothers, who were of course there supporting her, making sure she ate, and conversing about their own experiences of waiting for surgery to be finished. There were also two Palestinian families who showed much kindness and compassion to Shadi’s mum.
As it happens, three of her closest friends, the mothers of Yadgar, Lava, and Samem, whose children are also in hospital, gathered together to be with Shadi’s mother. They sat outside in the waiting area, eating the cake they’d made, and drinking tea as she waited to be discharged.
Given the complexity of his heart, the doctors will further discuss Shadi’s case in the coming days. Please pray for him and his beautiful mother. They are back staying with us in our community home in Jaffa until they are called in for surgery.
As much as we enjoy our time with the extroverted and happy Shadi and his lovely mother at our community home in Jaffa, we and especially his mother, don’t forget the reason they are here. Shadi’s needs a heart surgery and today, waiting to be admitted to the hospital came to an end after a month, as Shadi was admitted today to Sheba hospital in preparation for his surgery tomorrow.
So far Shadi’s mother has had a beautiful attitude. She complains about nothing, Doctors had to discuss Shadi’s case today together which took some time as Shadi has many problems in his heart.
Both Shadi and his mother are easy to love. If you were to meet them, you would immediately love them. Our other Kurdish mothers think very highly of both also. They all went outside today when Shadi and his mom left our community home for the hospital, to say goodbye and wish them their best.
Shadi’s first appointment showed his uniquely complicated heart. The echo was extensive and better at the end to get good images because he fell asleep at that point. Usually to calm children down during the echo, parents will use music or videos, and Shadi’s mother did do that, but what was new for me to see was when she brought out a hand puppet which mesmerized him. He loved it!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how big the task ahead is for these parents to travel to a new country with a severely unwell newborn baby, without anyone else they know. Many of the families have never been on an aeroplane, or left Kurdistan before. They are bravely putting any fears to the side, in the hope of life-saving surgery for their baby.