Today Mohammed had a busy day of follow up appointments. The hope was that he would be cleared to return home to Kurdistan leter this week. After an ECG, echocardiogram, and pacemaker check the doctor said he he was happy with his pacemaker. But he wants to have one more echo to make sure his heart is fully healed. We will continue to moniter his breathing and for a fever. Mohammed was also brave today for his RSV vaccination.
Understandably, Mom is anxious to go home but looked relieved her son would not need an additional surgery at this time. Mohammed will need pacemaker checks every six months. We pray he will continue to strengthen, heal and thrive with his repaired heart.
Almost one month on the dot after his arrival to Sheba Hospital, little Mohammed has been discharged to our house in Ashdod in good condition. His mother was happy to leave the hospital, although she worries about her son’s condition.
They’ll be back in the hospital in one week for his follow-up echo and pacemaker check-up.
We are thankful that Mohammed had a successful pacemaker surgery, and very grateful for the care that he received from the hospital. It was a lovely time waiting with his mother. We shared pastries and tea, and learned more about each others lives.
As we waited for Mohammed, we watched a family enter into the surgery area. The young girl who was receiving surgery kissed her family farewell before entering into the preoperative area. Mohammed’s mother shed tears at this sight. It is a beautiful sight to see a family together. There were so many different emotions that we felt while we waited for the surgery to finish.
A couple hours later we saw Mohammed in his crib being wheeled out of the surgery area and eagerly went to see him. We heard that he is well, and his mother wept tears of joy and relief for her son. We then returned to the ICU, where Mohammed is recovering.
We hope that Mohammed will adapt well to his new pacemaker and that he will be reunited with his whole family soon.
Mohammed’s mother cried when I translated to her today at Sheba Hospital, that her son would require a permanent pacemaker. I shared with her about another story of a child from Kurdistan who required a pacemaker and photos of him playing and celebrating life. This made her smile, knowing that they are not alone. We are praying for her and Mohammed as they wait for his pacemaker surgery, which is scheduled in two days from now.
It is really lovely seeing the dedication of Naim’s mother for her son – she told me in Kurdish that all the various trials and challenges she faces are nothing in comparison for her love for Mohammed. I hope that she would be comforted, knowing that our Father in heaven also willingly sacrificed His own son for all of humanity – including for her and Mohammed. Yet also he empathizes with our struggles and suffering, and sees her tears.
Please pray for her family at home as well, as Mohammed’s sisters and family dearly miss him.
Today coworker Zech and I drove to Sheba Hospital to visit Mohammed and his mother. They need to stay in the hospital for the second time and his mother wasn’t very happy about it. His oxygen is still low so he is receiving oxygen-support, necessary at this point. When the doctors came we needed to call one of the mothers in our house in Ashdod for translation. I was very glad to see how they support each other.
On this coming Wednesday, Mohammed will have a CT scan and then the doctors will discuss his treatment plan. We pray he will stay safe and sound in hospital and that his oxygen levels will remain stable.
Mohammed got discharged today from Sheba Hospital. He was with his mother there for two days immediately after he came to Israel. Mohammed needed to go directly to the hospital after the flight from Kurdistan landed in Israel because of his bad oxygen saturation levels.
Now he is stable enough to come to our home in Ashdod. They are now settling in and getting to know the other families here. Mohammed needs to return to Sheba in two weeks for a next appointment. We thank God that he is stable for now!
We ask for your prayers for a good treatment plan for Mohammed!