As yesterday was Yousef’s second surgery, today he remains intubated as his body adjusts to the surgical results. The hospital said that his mother is always looking quite anxious, and asked us to tell her that everything is okay with Yousef. When co-worker Georgia and I entered the ICU at Sheba hospial, we saw Yousef’s mother and another Kurdish mother together in the hall.
We thought it would be nice to go outside. The four of us ventured there for a much-needed break from the ICU. This time of year, for a few weeks only, there are two trees on the hospital grounds that are in full bloom right in front of the hospital. In the warm breeze, they rain down their purple blossoms with benches right underneath them which is where we sat for awhile today.
The moms, Georgia and I enjoyed taking pictures. At one point, Yousef’s mother recognized a group of doctors and nurses who were present for Yousef’s surgery yesterday. She approached them tentatively to see if they remembered her, and they did.
She ended up getting a selfie with them! The days have been quite full at the hospital, so getting to spend quality time with Yousef’s mother was a gift for us. Please continue to pray for her son in the midst of his recovery.
Since his urgent surgery last week, Yousef is now extubated and the second stage of his surgery is already scheduled for tomorrow. His mum has a wonderful support system in the other Kurdish families currently in hospital. This was particularly helpful to her last week as Youef’s first surgery was very intense for her. With the second surgery a day away, I’m confident these families will help Yousef’s mother again in the difficult process of releasing of her son to yet another operation. Please pray for them both tonight as they prepare.
He coped with the echo, ECG, blood test, and X-ray procedures very well, considering how stressful the whole experience of going to the doctors must be for him. He has already had a catheterisation in Kurdistan, which has helped to keep him as healthy as possible and then travel here.