Yesterday at the beach in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Samir bravely adventured to the shoreline and repeatedly asked his kind and gentle mother if he could venture further into deeper waters. Samir is brave. When we were at the beach, I was reminded of how the waters of the Mediterranean sea never cease to greet the shore. It reminded me of God’s unconditional love and grace for humanity. God is faithful. Samir naturally adapts to his surroundings. Yesterday he embraced the sand and the sea, and today he was gallivanting around the cardiac unit.

Today Samir bravely completed his first cardiac assessment. Samir was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve, which is classified as a left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. He has severe aortic stenosis, or narrowing of the aortic valve. The cardiologist and surgeon will discuss his projected surgery date. Potential procedures include either the Konno Procedure (an augmentation procedure) or the Ross Procedure (a valve replacement). They may have to decide on the specific procedure during the actual surgery. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors in choosing the best procedure for Samir and for peace during the waiting period.