Today very early in the morning, we went to the hospital for a busy day with our brave Mohammed and his awesome father. When I saw Mohammed’s dad, I remembered the true love of a one father for his children.
Mohammed had an appointment with his neurologist; the doctor read the result of the EEG but he did not find epileptic activity and his pattern of sleep is normal. Mohammed does have a problem with his brain which means the electrical activity between the hemispheres is different. He will need an MRI in the future to know more about this. For now he needs to continues with physiotherapy and will be monitored by the neurologist as he develops.
After that we went for an echo. He cried a lot but his amazing father tried every moment to give him calm and peace. When he was in his safe place (his father’s arms) he only smiled. Finally the cardiologist came and told us that he can start drinking regular milk, and his medicines will stay the same, but he looks much better than before. The cardiologist will decide the next step for Mohammed in two weeks time when he has another echo.
Please pray for the best plan for Mohammed, and for him to be completely healthy and for peace and strength in this time for his father.
After being one week in our Shevet apartment, Mohammed had his first visit back to the hospital today. It was an appointment with the neurologist because Mohammed had an intensive time when he was hospitalized and was at risk for brain damage due to a long intubation. The neurologist checked him and noticed a decrease in strength and development. Tomorrow he will have an EEG and we made an appointment for a brain MRI.
Mohammed is a lovely boy. He smiles and is drinking well but at times he also seems to be tense over his whole body. The doctor also recommended physiotherapy which can be given by one of our volunteers. We hope and pray that the other test will show no brain damage and that Mohammed will fully recover.
For baby Mohammed and his father today was somewhat momentous. For the first time since the age of one week, Mohammed now 4 and half months has experienced life outside of the hospital walls.
The nursing staff at Sheba were so celebratory with Mohammed and his father as we left today and there was so much joy in the air. Dad himself looked like a different person, light and happy.
As we walked to the car Mohammed experienced the sunshine hitting his face for the first time, he was dazzled and frankly to begin with a little alarmed. His eyes were so wide as we entered different spaces such as the lifts and the shopping area soaking each new experience in. The car was parked on the 14th level of the carpark which offers a great view of Tel-Aviv. Mohammed’s dad said to me “Now I can see, in hospital you just can’t see anything”. It was so touching after such a long period of adversary to have this moment of perspective.
Mohammed’s life and future really lies in the hands of our heavenly Father now for He is so much bigger and broader than our current circumstance. Please pray for the Father’s hope to be planted into Mohammed and His Father. Pray for the supernatural healing and maintenance of life for Mohammed.
We are so thrilled to have these 2 back with us at our Shevet home.
Quality Time During a Cath
Today when we arrived at the hospital, Mohammed just left for his catheterization. Usually a cath procedure takes two to three hours but today they took all the time to open up his vein to the lungs. The doctor explained to the father that it would be a difficult job because a part of his heart is not fully developed. Father was at peace and pleased to know they were careful and he trusted the doctor. Father has lived many years in the Netherlands and speaks Dutch better than English. He loves to speak Dutch so we had lots of time to catch up on many things. He is very committed to his son and is very helpful to translate for the Kurdish families.
Mohammed had a good catheterization and the doctor was able to open up one of the lung’s blood vessel. He might need another cath in a few week’s time to increase the blood flow to the other lung. We thank God for Mohammed’s life and pray that he will recover well
When I entered the room, Mohammed’s Dad hold his little baby in his arms to get the Baby to sleep. Mohammed’s Dad was in a good mood today. After some good time spending with them in their room, we went to 1st floor to have an chest x-ray to see if the water is still in his lungs. Before we left Mohammed had an echo as well. The results of both we hopefully will get the next days.
It was very good to see Mohammed and his dad in a better shape. Also the Dad said that the doctor is now thinking about Mohammed’s next catherization which he maybe will have soon. Beside that Mohammed’s dad mentioned that Mohammed’s bacteria is perhaps gone or just not active anymore. Please continue to pray for Mohammed, that he gets stronger every day and that his dad will keep his good mood.