On Friday our beautiful Lazo was discharged from the hospital after five days being there. His mum was very happy to come back to Shevet that afternoon.
The coming week he will have his first echo after the surgery. Please pray for good results.
It was such a blessing to see Lazo and his lovely mum today at Sheba. Just 3 days on from surgery Lazo seems to be very much back to himself. What an incredible God we have!
Lazo’s mum really has been a gift from God to our Shevet Team as well as She has been so generous in helping other parents when they are having consultations with the doctors as she is able to speak Arabic, Sorani and English. This has been hugely reassuring to some of the other parents who are facing a very daunting time in a stranger’s land.
Today we had the opportunity to meet and encourage mothers who are in the hospital with their children recovering from heart surgery. We stayed with Lazo’s mother who was waiting to hear news from the surgeon about her son’s VSD repair. We were able to sit with her, sip coffee, pray together and get to know each other. Because she spoke English, it was easy for us to make conversation as we anxiously awaited news during the procedure. It was a blessing to be able to provide a sense of stability and comfort in the midst of a very difficult day.
We were blessed by how much Lazo’s mother welcomed and trusted us within the first day of meeting us. After approximately 6 hours, the surgeon reported that all went well, Lazo’s heart was functioning better, and that Lazo’s mother could see her son. When she was able to see Lazo, she immediately invited us back to the ICU with her as they stabilized him. Although we couldn’t understand the ICU nurse because of the language barrier, just being near Lazo’s mother as she was dealing with the recovery process was a comfort to her.
As we visited other patients from Shevet, we were amazed at the medical technique and how much each little child’s body can endure. The ways in which we could encourage parents at the hospital and the community among the parents of Shevet patients was proof that God is working through this organization. We didn’t feel like sipping coffee and sparking conversation was a strenuous task, but we will never again underestimate the power of a friendly stranger in difficult times.
Lazo went in to the hospital tonight in preparation for his surgery tomorrow. The admission was very quick and the rooms were ready, praise the Lord! He had to get a chest x-ray and some blood tests, which he was very upset about but they were able to complete them all. Lazo’s mom was very nervous and had many questions for the doctors so pray for peace for her! Also please pray that the surgery goes well without any complications and that he has a quick recovery.