Farewell to Our Little Prince!
None of us can quite believe it, but Mir and his mum have finally left for Kurdistan!
They are travelling with Harzheen and her mum. As we hugged and kissed a teary goodbye at the gates, it all became real; and we have to say, what a glorious testimony of the work of God in the life of Mir and his mum.
I know that so many people have interceded for Mir during his time here, especially during those horrible weeks before Christmas time when he had his second surgery. Praise God that he listens to our prayers and had great mercy on Mir’s life. I remember the word which Jenny had for Mir, which is on a plaque in the hospital, from Ezekiel 37:
“Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.”
Praise God, who is faithful to his word, we have seen such a healing in Mir, his heart and his brain; even Mir’s mum sometimes calls him “Miracle” now.
So it has been a great joy and privileged to spend these months together. I know that the rest of the family will be blessed by their return home. We will certainly miss them so much.
Please continue to keep little Mir in your prayers. Pray that he continues in good health, and that he will be able to easily access follow up for his pacemaker when he needs it. Pray for Mamma Mir, that the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to her and she will have a revelation of Jesus. Praise God for her lovely kind heart, which has been softened during her time here, and pray for her to know increased joy, peace and rest.
Going Home with Fullness of Joy
Early this morning we drove with Mir his Mother and two other families to the hospital. All had appointments. Mir had an appointment with the neurologist, which was his last check-up! All of his cardiology appointments were finished last week. Because he had some complications after surgery, he was intubated longer then usual, which led to two seizures and some brain bleeding. Before releasing him to Kurdistan, the doctor wanted to be sure that not only was his heart fully recovered, but also his brain. Therefore he had an EEG last week and today was the final checkup with the neurologist. We are so thankful that his brain looked very good. No damage was visible on the EEG. We noticed that the last couple of weeks there was already so much restored. His old personality became more and more visible.
Today on our way home to Shevet, I asked Mom if she realized that she was going home to Kurdistan. She still found it hard to believe. But thanks to the healing touch of our Savior they are going home after being in Israel for 7 months!
This afternoon we had the farewell party. We had a lovely time of sharing and speaking into their lives. We will miss them but are also very thankful that they can be reunited with their family again.
This is our prayer for Mir:
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Today Mir had his echo and after eight months we received the best message we could hear. There is no effusion around his heart so he can go home. Mom hardly could believe it and asked the doctor a few times to be sure. What a miracle it has been. Mir arrived eight months ago with a big heart problem. After his first surgery he had effusion around his heart. He had many echo’s and we lifted up many prayers to solve this problem. Finally last November the doctors decided to do the artery shift. Because of stenosis, he needed another operation as well. He was a long time in the hospital because of complications. We were worried and ask our Messiah daily for a healing miracle. Mom was at his bed side all the time and looked so well after him. She was his private nurse!
And now finally he is ready to go home with a new heart. We are so thankful for this sweet and beautiful little boy!
We know that many of you have been praying for this boy, now we can thank our Lord and Savior. Thank you so much your prayers have been answered!
We had the opportunity to explore a different part of Sheba hospital today as Mir had an appointment for his pacemaker to be checked. This took place in the adult cardiology building. Carrie and Pam joined me, Mir and his mother as we walked to the appointment. The appointment went really well. A few of Mir’s pacemaker settings were changed and the doctors discussed how Mir’s pacemaker can be managed when he returns to Kurdistan. Thank God for His faithfulness to Mir. We have seen this boy go through so much and God’s glory has shone through every step of his healing.
Mir went to the hospital today to have some stitches removed in his abdomen. It is a joy to be able to write something which seems so trivial in comparison to the emotional reports we have been bringing over the last few weeks during his stay in the hospital. Praise God that he really has reached out his hand and redeemed Mir, and sustained his life. Praise the name of Jesus, our salvation, he is a rock and a fortress for Mir, and he has given strength and so much joy for his mum. Mir has an echo coming up this week, so pray that God will continue to pour out his mercy and healing over Mir.
Today when I visited Mir, I was so happy to be able to hold him in my arms again. I had not seen him for a week–what a relief to see his improvement. His eyes are following objects, he can grab things and he has a good holding grip. His cries are less intensive and Mom can comfort him. It’s a miracle to see how God has touched his body.
There are still some concerns and we would value your prayers for it. Mir has a necrotic spot on his tummy where he had an draining tube in. They are cleaning and dressing it daily. Mom is concerned about it. He has a stenosis in the upper vein what cause some swelling in his head. They haven’t decided yet what to do about this. We pray that no surgical intervention is needed but that God will do a miracle to loosen up the upper vein.
Mom was happy to see us. She is so committed to look after her special boy. Her loving touch will improve his healing process.
As always, it was so lovely to see Mir’s mum today in the hospital. They are now in the secondary ICU, and Mir is looking beautiful, with just a nasal canula across his little face. They tried switching the oxygen support off today. And also, praise God, he had all of his chest drains removed. Mum and I sat outside the ward waiting, and she showed me some photos of Mir with so many tubes from this last surgery. They have really been through a lot over these past two weeks. She also showed me some photos of Mir’s brothers who are 7 and 4, and her husband. They look like such a lovely family.
Mir is still quite drowsy, and today he was somewhere in the middle of asleep and awake. Please pray for his continued recovery and strength for him and mum.