Mustafa is 16 years old and has experienced multiple surgeries and procedures throughout his life, including one in Israel at our neighboring and partnering hospital, Wolfson. At the age of four years old he was too young to fully remember Israel, but his mother remembered the seven months they spent in Israel from November 2007 to May 2008. His mother also remembers the start of the Iraq War in 2003, the year that Mustafa was born. She shared of the hardships and the devastation of the war. Mustafa and his family have persevered through various trials. Yet Mustafa and his mother both radiate kindness.
Born with a congenital heart defect of dextro-transposition of the arteries, of which he received an aterial switch surgery in 2008, Mustafa has now returned to Israel with the diagnosis of an ascending aortic aneurysm, which means that the largest artery in his body carrying oxygen-rich blood, has expanded unhealthily to more than 1.5 times its normal size. If untreated, this can be hazardous. His first cardiac assessment at another Israeli hospital, Sheba Medical Center, is on October 29.
Our prayers are that both Mustafa and his mother, during their time in Israel, will be able to create memories of joy that they would treasure for their life. May these words of kindness from Titus 3:4-7 transcend into their hearts:
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.