Today we took Ahmed, his mum and another Kurdish family to Jerusalem. They were really looking forward to this trip, mainly because of the planned visit at the Al Aqsa mosque. We also gave them a tour of The Garden Tomb which Ahmed’s mum seemed to be really interested in.
Afterward the tomb, we made our way through the markets, where Ahmed’s mother bought some clothes and presents for her family and then went to the Temple Mount. There the families had the opportunity to pray in the Al Aqsa Mosque. Ahmed enjoyed his time up there!
After a while we walked back to the car and after a long day filled with car drives, shopping and sightseeing, we were all glad to be back home. Ahmed seemed to have enjoyed the day, especially sitting in the car and having a great view of Israeli nature.
Ahmed and his mother left our community home in Ashdod and came early this morning with me to Sheba Hospital for a CT-scan for Ahmed.
We didn’t had to wait long after checking in, which was really nice. The waiting time for CT-scans can be really long, so that was a nice surprise. Especially because Ahmed had to fast before the scan.
The scan went well, and Ahmed woke up fast when he came out. His mother gave him some water and food and after 15 minutes, he was able to go back home.
Thank you Lord for giving peace to Ahmed in this situation. Please keep praying for him. He needs more tests and a dental treatment before his big surgery.
Our sweet Ahmed is now already living in our community house in Ashdod for ten days and he is slowly feeling at home here. In the beginning he was very shy, but every day I visit the family house and ask him how he is doing, his smile gets bigger and bigger.
Because of the rockets, the border to Gaza was closed so returning families have been staying with us in our community house until the border reopens. One of the Gazan children, a boy who is just a few years older than Ahmed, became good friends with Ahmed and they enjoyed spending time tickling each other.
The rocket fire has ceased at least for now so we were able to take them to the park. Ahmed’s mother told me that Ahmed doesn’t really like to spend all day long in the house, but needs to be outside for a while, since he has a lot of energy. For now Ahmed still has to wait for the doctors to schedule appointments for collecting medical information and preparation for future interventions such as a CT, and dental treatment. Please pray that this will happen soon!
Ahmed had his first appointment today at Sheba hospital. He was quite patient through the whole process, and passed a long four and a half hours exploring every corner of the clinic in between exams.
Ahmed had Tetralogy of Fallot repair surgery at another hospital in Israel several years ago. But as is the case with many kids with TOF, he now needs some further intervention. His doctors in Kurdistan are recommending conduit valve replacement, but his cardiologist at Sheba wants to conduct some more tests before he decides what intervention Ahmed needs. He will review all Ahmed’s reports and echo images this evening and tomorrow will give his recommendations for the next steps, which will probably be a CT scan and dental treatment.
Please pray that these prerequisites will be scheduled soon so Ahmed can have his intervention soon.
Today we are welcoming a new Kurdish family! Sweet Ahmed, who needs a valve replacement, accompanied by his mother, came to Israel via Jordan to us and after an almost three hour car drive, they arrived safely in Ashdod. May the Lord bless their time here!