It has been a huge blessing to get to know baby Mam and his mother during the three months they have been in our community home in Jerusalem. This peacefully sleeping little baby has been through a lot of hardship during his stay, but through it all, this is how I have come to know him, totally peaceful, and resting in his mother’s arms and in her deep love for him. No matter if he was staying in Hadassah Hospital or in our community home, this will forever be my picture of him. To see this love manifested, not only in one direction but in both, has moved me to tears many times.
This little precious baby has been so close to leaving this earth, and I thank God that He has kept him safe through it all. It has been so beautiful to witness how this love has effected not only the little fighter named Mam, but also the doctors, nurses, the staff of Shevet Achim, and me.
After leaving them at the airport I sat down waiting for the train to take me back to Jerusalem, and I reflected over how precious a life is. Spending time in the hospital makes you realize how fragile it is, and what a tremendous work that needs be done to save a person’s life. It has truly humbled me to see all the love and effort that has been made to save baby Mam’s life. I admire all the staff at Hadassah Hospital. They do a marvelous job!
Tonight the time has finally come for the family of baby Mam to be reunited, and I’m so happy on their behalf. Still I’m trying to fight my tears right now, with this mother’s words in mind, “You have been with me from the start and to the end Berith, and I will never forget you. Thank you.”
I thank God that He has let me take part in those dark moments, but also for letting me take part in the joy and laughter. I pray for God’s blessings upon sweet baby Mam, but also upon his beloved mother and the rest of their family.
Mam’s mother, her son and I spent some hours in the Old City of Jerusalem today. She needed some encouragement after all the stress and anxiety she’s been through due to her beloved little son’s hospitalizing. Normally he is the happiest little baby I’ve ever met, but since the diarrhea hasn’t totally left yet, he’s not the content little boy he usually is. The lactos free milk doesn’t seem to be as tasty as his mother had hoped for, and he needs to gain the weight he lost in recovery.
Please continue to pray for him and cover him with blessings. We all want to see the happy ending of this story now, but most of all, we want the rest of their family to get to know this beautiful little sunray who is named ‘Mam.’
I was able to visit Mam and his mama in Hadassah Hospital today.
The report was a good one, in that the diarrhea has stopped. Dr Dan and Dr Dia explained that the diarrhea was probably caused by cow milk allergy.
Mam will have a last test this afternoon and will be released to our Jerusalem house…
…which is where we find him in this photo. Next appointment in CCW4 on Thursday 13 July between 8 and 9 in the morning, back at Hadassah Hospital. Until then, we hope and pray for stability and healing for little Mam.
I found baby Mam and his mother out in the corridor today in Hadassah Hospital, and she fell into my arms crying. While we stood there embracing each other, the wonderful assistance surgeon that took part in Mam’s heart surgery came by and immediately asked, “Why is she crying? Is something wrong with the baby?” He listened carefully, and read the translation on her phone when she explained her worries concerning the diarrhea that still goes on.
She has been under heavy stress for a long time now, so please continue to cover them both with your prayers. When he was leaving he stopped by together with one of the head nurses, and both of them took time to speak with the mother…
I’m so greatful for all your prayers for all the children, but please don’t forget to pray for and bless all the hospital staff, both in Hadassah and in Sheba hospitals. Their part in God’s miracle of Shevet Achim is marvelous!
Yesterday our sweet little baby Mam was released from Hadassah Hospital back to our community house in Jerusalem, and today we had to bring him back to Hadassah Hospital after having diarrhea six to seven times, and also with some trace of blood in the diaper.
We have spent some hours in the ER now, and they have taken several blood samples, an X-ray and tests from his dirty diapers. Now we’re waiting for having an ultrasound of his stomach. They gave him antibiotic, and he will be hospitalized again.
Please, don’t pray. Fight for our beautiful little baby Mam as if he were your own child. Enough is enough. This has to stop now!
We got the good news today that baby Mam and his mother from Kurdistan could come home from Hadassah Hospital to Shevet’s house in Jerusalem again. This was a great relief to Mam’s mom. She’s exhausted after all the hardship her beloved son has gone through and she really needs to rest. We are all so happy to have them back with us again. Please lift up the adorable baby Mam in your prayers for a continued healing so they soon can have their long awaited family reunion.
When we came to Hadassah Hospital a little while ago, we met Mam’s smiling mother, looking so relieved. Wen I asked if Mam has had his “caca” (stools passing) she responded with a loud: YES!
HalleluJah! All the glory to You God! I’m so happy for this news! Thank you for all your faithful prayers for him. Mam’s mother has been so worried, and it was such a joy to listen to her yesterday. She told me that 10 (!) doctors had gathered around Mam’s bed, and for 30 minutes they were discussing how they best could help him. His surgeon had said to Mam’s mother, “I’m like your brother, and I will do all I can to help you.” She told me that when baby Mam had the “caca” all the families and the staff were rejoicing with her.
I feel we are standing on Holy ground in this hospital. I stand in awe of You, our miracle working God…
After a visit to Hadassah Hospital to see baby Mam and his mother, I was told there is a small inflammation in the area where they connected his intestine during his last surgery. The nurse told me that this sometimes happens, but the doctors hope it will be healed in one or two more days.
Mam still hasn’t moved his bowels yet, and he is in a bit of pain probably from both. Please pray for these problems to stop right now, otherwise they need to do a new operation.
We visited Mam and his mother in the Surgical Ward of Hadassah Hospital today.
Mam was not feeling too well today.
His mother is worried but the nurses in the ward assured her and us that everything is moving in the right direction for Mam and she should not worry. Your prayers are appreciated however for Mam and also for his mother.
Baby Mam’s mother and I went to Hadassah Hospital for the re-scheduled surgery to remove Mam’s stoma. Mam’s mother has shown a great patience while waiting for the surgery to become a reality. She hasn’t once uttered a negative word despite all the hardship her son has gone through, and I admire her for the peace, love and strength I see in her.
Finally the time came, and the surgery took about two hours. We asked for good results and we received them.
The surgery went forward with no complications, and all went well.
Baby and mother spend the night at the hospital and tomorrow we will see how they do.
Meanwhile, we are thankful to God for the surgeon, the medical staff and all who have watched over this child with professionalism and constant care; above all we thank God himself, the author of every good thing.
Little Mam was at Hadassah Hospital bright and early this morning, having fasted and made ready for his stoma removal surgery. Coworker Berith accompanied Mam and his mother. They were told the surgery may not happen today and would they please wait until about twelve noon for a better idea of the case.
Noontime came and the surgeon said Mam’s surgery would not take place until Tuesday. So we wait. But Mam sure looks happy in any event. He received a bottle right away with the postponed news.
The long awaited appointment for baby Mam from Kurdistan has come, the surgery for the removal of the stoma. I wish you all could see him face to face, there is something special with this little boy. He turned four months today, and I have seldom seen a child his age radiating love like he does. He is one of those precious little jars that seems to be filled with a huge amount of the love that comes from the heart of our beloved Abba, and I’m convinced that even the hardest heart would melt just by seeing Mam smile.
Early tomorrow morning the surgery will take place at Hadassah Hospital, so please keep him covered in your prayers
Love conquers all. These words are often manifested before my eyes watching um Mam when she takes care of her beloved son. Every time Mam’s eyes reaches his mother’s, his face shines of pure love, and it’s wonderful to see.
Today at Hadassah Hospital, an echo photo was taken of Mam’s heart, and to our relief the doctor made a thumbs-up and said, “It’s good.” He also said they are expected to receive a follow-up echo after six months in Kurdistan, to see that the heart still works satisfyingly.
Meanwhile, an appointment at Hadassah for the operation of removing the stoma and reconnecting the bowl is scheduled for the 15th of June, so please pray for a good result, and thank God for His blessings upon this precious little boy and his family.
Mam was seen in the children’s surgical clinic of Hadassah Hospital today. All looks well, and the surgeons who made his emergency colostomy in the ICU made a big effort to schedule the closure of the colostomy as soon as their schedule allows, on June 15.
Until then he will stay with us in our home in Jerusalem. The staff in the house all love him and are enjoying time with this bundle of sunshine while they can have him there.
Little Mam looks very happy these days. Since his discharge from Hadassah Hospital last week to Ashdod, he has been recovering well. However, a transition was made today to bring Mam and his mother to our community home in Jerusalem in order to meet Mam’s scheduled appointments coming up at Hadassah.
Next Sunday, June 04, Mam will have Stoma closure surgery. The nurse saw Mam’s file and confirmed the date. He will also have an echo on June 05 at Hadassah so things are moving forward for this little one. We’re so thankful for his recovery and improvement. Your continued prayers for Mam are greatly appreciated.
At Hadassah Hospital this morning, it was decided that Mam could be discharged. I helped with the discharge process and collected the necessary information regarding pharmacy items we will need for Mam for his medical care outside the hospital. The hospital provided enough medicine to be given over the next few days, but another medicine that requires three days to prepare will have to be procured in Ashdod along with other items Mam will be needing.
Ashdod coworkers Joanne and Faye came to Hadassah to collect Mam and his mother and they brought them back to their community home in Ashdod where some of the other moms and children are staying and were glad to see them.
On June 4, Mam and his mother must return to Hadassah for a check-up regarding the stoma, and whether or not it can be removed. Then on June 5, they would like to do a heart echo on Mam. By that time Mam and his mother will have transitioned back to our Jerusalem community home which is closer to Hadassah, in order to make these appointments more easily.
It is hoped that Mam will have a colon repair before returning to Kurdistan. Please pray for this to happen and that Mam’s health will be in a ready state for this.
Doctors at Hadassah Hospital’s Surgical Ward were daily weaning Mam from the sedative medication he was continuing to receive after his emergency abdominal surgery. He wasn’t completely weaned until today. Provided all goes well tomorrow and goes according to plan, little mam will be discharged to our community house in Jerusalem. He smiled when he heard it.
Mam’s mother has been well trained as to how to keep her baby’s abdomen clean and to change out the disposal bags. After about two weeks, she and Mam will need to return to the hospital for a check-up and for the next steps in his treatment before returning to Kurdistan.
Thank you for your prayers for this family, so far from their home and not yet finished with the healing process.
Baby Mam is good, and he looks more and more healthy every time I see him. His mother told me they did a blood test on him today at Hadassah Hospital, but we don’t know the results yet.
Mam’s mother’s face shines just as bright as his, like the sun, and it makes me so happy to see her in that state. Her joy is my joy, and to God be the glory! Please continue to lift up Mam in your prayers, and thank Him for all the wonderful things He is doing in this precious little boy’s life
Baby Mam is now in the Surgical Ward of Hadassah Hospital. He is recovering very well. He is no longer on any oxygen support and is being fed orally. We brought him a gift from the knitting circle of women who make lovely toys and send them to us here in Israel. Mam loved his little knit octopus:
Thank you for your prayers for this baby. They have been working!
To my great joy I found that our sweet little baby Mam had been moved from the ICU to the Surgical department of Hadassah Hospital today. When entering his new room I met his mothers smiling face, holding her phone pointing it towards me. She was typing the good news to me, and suddenly to her surprise I appeared. This precious little son of hers looks like a baby again, peacefully sleeping unaware of how close to death he has been. He has survived not only one, but two big surgeries in a short period of time, and God in His mercy has kept him safe through it all. His mother nodded when I said, “I’m so grateful to God, Mam could have been dead by now. He is truly a miracle.”
The nurses are teaching Mam’s mother to change the enterostomy bag, and I admire the peace and strength I see in her. She has gone through a very hard time, and there is still a long way to go. Please keep little Mam, his mother and the wonderful hospital crew lifted up before God.
I went to check up on little Mam in Hadassah Hospital’s ICU. He is doing much better and will not likely remain in this wing of the hospital much longer.
Mam is gaining weight and is a lovely pink color. His abdominal recovery is ongoing and tests still need to be done to make sure all is well there and corrective surgery will likely be done before Mam returns to Kurdistan.
For now though, like a healthy baby, little Mam does not want to remain in this PICU bed, but strongly wants to be on his mom’s arms!! Look at their lovely eye contact.
At Hadassah Hospital, Mam has been weaned from O2 support, breathing by himself and his high AST (liver functional enzyme score) is getting normalized. He needs to sleep to recover fully and he is now, thank God.
We continue to pray for this little guy. Thankful for his progress so far.
Today Mam’s condition was improving much. His urine output was only 25 a few days ago, but yesterday it was over 400. He is overcoming a septic condition after laparotomy and resection of necrotic bowel.
Mam’s mom was quite happy to see he is getting better day by day. We hope his bowel would be reconnected as soon as possible. Please pray for his quick recovery !
Mam had a difficult and unstable night following his emergency surgery, and worried doctors had to put him on the highest possible level of breathing support. This morning though they were able to start lowering the support levels, and by later in the day he had begun to produce small amounts of urine (a critical sign that his organs are working). We continue in prayer; our Father in heaven reigns over the life of Mam!
Last night Mam’s mother noticed his abdomen was tight and swelling, and this morning his doctors called to say they would have to perform an emergency surgery in his ICU room to remove a life-threatening necrotic section of his colon.
By the time our team reached the hospital, doctors were explaining to his weeping mother that this was a high-risk procedure but they had no other option, and they needed her consent. “God sometimes reminds me that I’m not God,” the worried surgeon told her.
Our team waited outside praying, and Michiel felt at a certain point that “The Lord said he was taking over…and then, a short while later, I heard relaxed laughter from the improvised ‘operation room.'”
The surgeon eventually emerged to share with a smile that upon opening the abdomen he found the situation better than expected, and he had to only remove a small portion of the colon. Doctors are hopeful for Mam’s recovery, and that they’ll be able to reconnect his colon after 6-12 weeks of healing.
Coworker Berith and I went to Hadassah Hospital today and stopped in the ICU to see how little Mam is coming along. He is extubated and receiving high-flow oxygen-support. He is stable and quite calm and breathing easy. So from a post-surgery perspective, things looked good.
His little toe was glowing with a monitor light behind it…otherwise, he is doing well. His mom seemed a bit apprehensive however, so we pray for her peace and patience as she waits for her little baby’s health and well-being to be restored.
Our little baby boy Mam is prepared and waiting to go downstairs for his big surgery. I have never before met such a peaceful and gentle mother as his, but when I put my hand on her back, her eyes got filled with tears. Please pray for the surgeons that they don’t miss anything, and that the mother will receive good news about her beloved son.
Written by Elise:
Today was the day of Mams surgery at Hadassah Hospital. We left our community house early in the morning and checked him into the pre-surgery ward of the hospital. After some waiting our little boy got a way too big pajama, which looked really cute, and then we were on our way to the surgery room.
His mother was allowed to stay with him until the anesthesia started. She came back to us in tears and coworker Berith and I could only try to comfort her. And then the long waiting time began.
We got some coffee and food and after a few hours we were told that the surgery was over. We could finally meet Mam in the ICU. There we met one of the surgeons. He let us know they were able to fix the huge VSD (hole in the wall between the two ventricles) that comes with the heart defect DORV. By that they could already place the Aorta right, so they didn’t have to switch the great arteries actively. They also placed a PA-band to control the blood flow to the lungs, which was way too strong due to the heart condition before the surgery. By this, the heart can get used to the right blood pressure, the band will be removed in a future intervention.
All in all, the whole surgery went really good and even better than planned. Praise God.
For now our little boy is asleep and still intubated, his mother is getting used to this new situation. Please pray for both, that the Lord will keep them safe and that they can grow stronger through those new circumstances.
Today our sweet Mam got prepared at Hadassah Hospital for his big surgery on Sunday! The hospital needed some samples for analysis and checked his vitals. Our big boy underwent all of that while kind of restless, but really brave. The only time he cried was while they took a blood sample!
When that was done, Mam’s mother and I were waiting for the surgeon to explain the surgery to us. In the waiting time, Mam was hanging out in his mother’s lap and took a long nap. After a while the surgeon explained things to us and his words were translated to Mam’s mother who speaks a dialect of Kurdish.
In the upcoming surgery, the doctors will fix Mam’s Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) and Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). This is a really big surgery which will put a heavy strain on his heart. Please pray for Mam, who will collect some more strength in our house this weekend prior to his surgery, and for his mother, who is already pretty nervous and collecting mental strength. May the Lord be with them and keep them safe!
Today I went together with Mam and his mother to his first echo at Hadassah Hospital. We had to wait quite a while but then we got finally called for his echo. They checked his weight and height, and his oxygen in addition to the echo. Mam was first looking around interested but at some point he lost his patience, became hungry and just started crying.
As soon as the echo was over and he was again in the arms of his mother he forgot it all though. His doctor saw that Mam’s heart is more complicated than they thought and his surgery will be very big and complicated. They will discuss his case and plan to do his surgery already next week.
Please pray for wisdom for his doctors and strength for his mother!
Two days ago, little Mam went together with his mother on a long journey to come here to us. First they flew from Kurdistan to Jordan where they were collected by Shevet Achim coworkers, including Tatiana, and were welcomed as their guests for two nights. We received pictures and videos from them and saw that they had a great time there together.
This morning they then started their second part of their journey and went through the border from Jordan to Israel where coworker Michiel and I collected them and brought them to our community house in Jerusalem. Here they are starting to feel at home now and we are excited to get to know them better. Mam is only two months and five days old and has a heart defects called TGA. It means that his two big arteries are switched and he will need a surgery as soon as possible to fix this problem. Mam’s mother is a very sweet and patient woman and I’m sure she will be a big blessing to our community!
Please pray for Mam and his mother as they are settling in here and especially for the big surgery that lays ahead for Mam!