A few weeks ago, co-worker Sabrina started calling Yadgar, Dr. Yadgar, and this title has more or less stuck with him. Even though he went to see the doctor today, we still said Dr. Yadgar was going to the hospital for a check-up.
He has gained a lot of weight since his discharge and has been more active than before. He will be here another two weeks for a second echo since his hospitalization, though hopefully after this, Dr. Yadgar can return home!
I think every outfit Yadgar owns has some type of tie or bow tie on it. He is very smart and it was very wonderful to see him today dressed in his lovely clothes, rather than the hospital pajamas which he has been wearing for the past month. He and his mum clearly are well-liked by the hospital staff.
The last doctor to approve his final discharge from the ward today said that they are all very happy with his progress, health, weight gain, his social development… Everything! The mother is also of course very happy that he can finally leave the hospital, and it seems like the end might be in sight.
She was welcomed back home by the other Kurdish mothers in the house, one of which had made sure to cook the best food she could as Yadgar’s mother has been missing Kurdish-style food in the hospital.
We hope and pray for lovely Yadgar to adjust well to life outside of the hospital, and continue to grow and to be enjoyed by his mum.
Now he needs to continue with chest physio and inhalations to help keep it that way.
Yadgar’s surgery was on Sunday and he made a recovery much better than expected. His mother, as always, is amazing and was excited to speak of how well her beloved son is doing.
Thank God for beautiful Yadgar’s life.
When I went into the room in the ICU in which Yadgar and his lovely mother were staying, a lovely surprise awaited me. Cute little Yadgar greeted me with his beautiful eyes and was wide awake. I didn’t expect that when I entered the room, but I was really happy to see him like that and I am thankful for God’s grace on his little life so far as he is doing so good only two days after his surgery.
Yadgar’s mother shared with me that she is very happy as well. If Yadgar is feeling badly, then she is feeling badly. However as he is doing so well now, she is also in a really good mood. She told me that he is not eating well as yet because every time she gives him milk he is vomiting after he drinks it. So she has to keep trying.
She is a lovely mother and taking such good care of Yadgar. She is also a great encouragement for the other Kurdish mothers whose children are also in hospital, and many in the ICU. They love and appreciate each other and help each other.
Please pray for Yadgar that he may improve in his eating. Please also pray for his mom, for peace and strength. In the picture above, it is from left to right, Yadgar’s mother, Lava’s mother, Asmeen’s mother and me. I’m very happy that they all have each other as they speak the same language and are kind of going trough the same situations, feelings and everything together.
Praise God for them and for Yadgar’s life! Just yesterday it was possible he would have to be put on the ecmo and now he is extubated!
His mother, who is a quietly courageous woman, had mixed emotions tonight as we brought him to the hospital for admission for his corrective surgery tomorrow. Although no one can mitigate her fear and anxiety, it helped her to have two other Kurdish parents come to the department to talk to. I almost didn’t need to explain anything, they told her the whole deal about the night before surgery!
Because the surgery is complex, it might be a difficult recovery period for Yadgar. Do please be praying for this lovely boy.
Yadgar, who is just over 3kg, had his first experience of Sheba hospital today. He did not enjoy himself too much. Quite a lot of medical staff took their time to make a thorough assessment of his condition, which is necessary to begin planning his surgery, and also because he arrived with reports bearing two different diagnoses.
Having landed in Amman yesterday, Yadgar and his mum and three other Kurdish mothers and babies, all traveled today with Jonathan to the border crossing with Israel, where co-workers Sebastian, Alena and I picked them up and brought them to our community home in Jaffa.