We said farewell this week to four of our Kurdish children. Rizhna, Mariya, Avan, and Yaman have safely returned home together after all being discharged.
Getting them out of the country was no simple matter after almost all flights from Ben Gurion were cancelled. My father sent us word at 11 AM Tuesday that travel permission had come for them to enter Jordan; two hours and one trip to Jerusalem to pick up Yaman later, we were driving down to the border crossing in a car stuffed to the brim with children, mothers, and suitcases.
When there, we had a brief, alarming hiccup when the Israeli customs refused to let our van cross the border with them, meaning that they—and my father, who picked them up from Jordan—would, with children in hand, have to lug all their possessions through taxis and buses all the way to their end destination. But God is good, and eventually the border allowed them through, car and all.
Those four have been with us for a long time. Rizhna was here for over six months, Mariya for four, and Avan and Yaman for one and a half. We laughed with them and wept with them; we saw them arrive sick and return home healed. We grew to love them all. Our houses and our hearts feel hollow with them gone; but we also rejoice to see them restored after such long absences to their families. God indeed is good, and he keeps his promises.
Today Yaman was discharged from Hadassah Hospital to our Jerusalem community home located not ten minutes away. He was sent home with nebulizer medicine to be given to him for the next five days four times every 24 hours in a wonderful way. We had the instructions, and we helped one another to get things set up.
One of the other mothers staying with us at our house knew exactly how to do the medicine for the nebulizer. That was God‘s provision.
At Hadassah Hospital, Yaman has now been taken off of oxygen. He hast to remain 24 hours for the staff to observe him. So he will not be released today to come to the Jerusalem Shevet house.
Yaman will be observed through the night and if he has a good night, he will be released tomorrow between 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock to come to stay with us in Jerusalem for the weekend and most likely until after Yom Kippur which is this coming Monday.
Looking forward to having Yaman in the house with us again. He’s a very pleasant child.
At Hadassah Hospital today, Dr. Ahmed shared that Yaman was doing well, and that they are reducing the oxygen given to him little by little, and soon may not give him the oxygen at all. His body is helped by the flow that the input of oxygen brings about internally, which is different than the oxygen itself.
They know there is an infection, but they can’t at this time pinpoint whether its bacterial or viral. So Yaman continues with hospitalization for now.
At Hadassah Hospital today, according to Yaman’s Dr. Ahmad, they are trying to wean Yaman off of additional oxygen, slowly, to see how he does. They are still giving him antibiotics to get over the pneumonia they discovered when we brought him to the ER just a few days ago.
They will monitor Yaman’s progress this week and if he’s doing well, he’ll be released to us in Jerusalem again.
Yaman has been diagnosed with pneumonia and is now receiving antibiotics. Please pray that he will be restored to health quickly; he is a beautiful little boy who loves to play, and we want to see him healthy and healed.
This morning around 7:30 AM I went downstairs and Yaman’s mother came out into the garden to talk to me with Yaman who was congested, breathing fast and visibly altered. He looked feverish and was not his usual cheery self.
We called the hospital and they advised us to take him to the ER which we did. They have already done a number of tests but as of right now, they are not finding anything unusual.
It is now 2:30 in the afternoon, and we were told to go to the Echo/Doppler clinic to take an echo of his chest, which will be done using color instead of just black and white. Dr. Julius did the examination. He concluded that Yaman has a small amount of liquid collecting in his lung area, which is pneumonia most likely. He said it was very wise that we came to the hospital this morning. They are going to keep Yaman in the Pediatric Ward for the night at least, yet he could be here for a week according to Dr. Julius. And although the doctor is still happy with the results of the heart surgery of last week, with this suspicion that Yaman has pneumonia, Yaman will be given antibiotics and they will see if that solves the problem.
Yaman and his mom are back in the same room they were in before in the pediatric section. It’s one of the protected rooms for contagious diseases.
After receiving medicine, I saw Yaman’s laugh for the first time since yesterday.
I have seldom seen such a huge change as in our sweet little boy Yaman after his emergency surgery in Hadassah Hospital 11 days ago. It’s such a blessing to have him and his mother here in our community home, and not only the boy seems to be going through a change, but also his wonderful mother.
He’s joyfully laughing when he gets the attention from people around him, while making funny sounds. He loves when I tickle him, and when I roar like a lion, and his mother’s eyes are gleaming of love, peace and joy while watching her little toddler become stronger each day.
One morning I saw the most beautiful expression of the love between the mother and her son while she gently helpt him sit on the swing, and a verse from the Bible came to mind: “Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?”
This little precious boy was so close to death and now he is filled with life. In my eyes this is a miracle, and I praise God that I’m here, able to see it.
I want to dedicate this picyure of the sweet little Kurdish boy Yaman as a tribute to The Most High and His endless grace over His beloved children. When he arrived about a week ago he was blue, his lips dark blue/black, almost on the edge to die, and today we brought him to our community home in Jerusalem, openminded, laughing and pink. HalleluJah Abba! All the glory to You, our great Healer!
Yaman was discharged to our home in Jerusalem today and will remain at our house until Hadassah Hospital calls him back for his next appointment.
We spoke with a nurse in the PICU of Hadassah Hospital who told us that sweet little Yaman’s condition is unchanged. Still some leaking from fluids, which we were told is normal after a heart surgery.
But I saw a big change in him today. We brought a gift handmade from a circle of knitting ladies in the UK, and after receiving the doll, his conception of us changed. He was relaxed, and he almost dared to smile towards us.
To see this sweet little boy investigating his toy left a great gratitude in my heart and it was almost impossible to stop smiling. He was blue and on the edge to die less then a week ago, and look at him now! All the glory to God!
There are many ways to tell about God’s love and mercy, and yesterday one of those ways were manifested before our eyes.
When we met little Yaman and his mother in Ben Gurion airport yesterday, my first thought was, “This is not good.” We knew he was in a bad condition, and had brought a machine for oxygen, but thank God, we didn’t need to use it while bringing him to Hadassah Hospital in our car. His lips was dark blue on the edge to black, all his body was bluish.
But to see him today left a big “HALLELUJAH” on my lips! It was hard to stop smiling, because when someone is prepared for an emergency operation like he was yesterday, you know that the child is in a serious condition, and I had the feeling that they came here to Israel in just the right time to save his life.
Yaman’s path towards having a normal life has started, and only God knows his future, but this much I know, baby Yaman has received a chance to live, healthy and able to grow up. His healing right now continues while being sedated, and as a nurse said, “One day at a time.”
Please continue to cover Yaman and his family in your loving prayers, and please also remember the marvellous team of doctors and nurses in Hadassah Hospital while praying.
Today our Jerusalem community traveled together to Ben Gurion Airport to collect urgent arrival Yaman and his mother who traveled to us all the way from Kurdistan, northern Iraq.
We had some challenges in finding them at the airport, but we managed to get everything done that was needed. Baby Yaman was very blue at first sight and our coworker Berith texted our friends to please pray for him.
We drove them directly to Hadassah Hospital where the cardiologist was waiting.
Being in the hospital was a reassuring element since his oxygen levels were low and we did not give him oxygen in the car.
Everyone in the hospital was so helpful.
Written by Berith:
A sweet little toddler boy, almost two years old, came from Kurdistan to Hadassah Hospital today. His lips was dark blue, all his skin was bluish, and I recognized from a previous child coming here, how his fingernails were clubbed due to his sick heart. Dr Julius did an Echo immediately when we arrived to hospital, and none of us was prepared for his words: “He has to have a surgery today, please bring him to the ER for preparations.”
With this news, Yaman’s mother was in tears. Emotionally, this is the heaviest experience I’ve had together with a relative during all my times in Shevet, but also one of the most beautiful. God is so good, and I praise Him for His concern for this mother. He has made me able to bring her the comfort she needs, and she is able to receive it. I’ve never met anyone so devastated as she is.
The surgery began at about 6 pm, supported I’m sure by so many of you praying.
After that, everything fell into place very quickly. Yaman’s mother was in deep stress as you can see, and I’m so glad I could hold her in those hard moments. It was a huge relief for her when she realized everything had turned out good, and it took a while for her to grasp what she heard from the surgeon when he emerged: “he is not blue any longer, he is pink.”