Saying Goodbye with a Heavy Heart
I have so many great memories when I think of Zinar: like eating some ice cream at Yefet Street or taking our dog Shevi for a walk. He even started playing the guitar! I appreciate his behavior and attitude so much. He always was such a great helper when it came to cleaning, putting the tables out for lunch or baking (he helped with many of the farewell cakes that had been baked).
At the airport today he was always apologizing in his cute and polite way, as he felt very sorry that we had to carry their heavy bags, even though I told him many times that it really isn’t a problem. It was so sad to let him go as he was the only 12 year-old at Shevet. I know that many of us built up a friendship with him. Besides Zinar is really clever. He was really inquisitive about God and asked many questions.
I pray that as he goes back to Kurdistan he will be protected from any negative impacts and that he keeps his joy and his curiosity and his politeness!
Good News for our Lovely Brother
Zinar has had his final ECHO today, as the result was that the surgery has been sucessful and he can return to Kurdistan. He will likely need further surgery in a few years’ time. His main question for the doctor is whether he will be able to do Kung Fu. The doctor said he shouldn’t be fighting and having anyone hit him in the chest, but happily, he is able to do the training for Kung Fu.
I think Zinar was expecting to celebrate from today’s echo, as he wore a very jazzy shirt to the hosptial in preparation for the good news, as you can see him the picture. Zinar knows how to celebrate, and told me that he wants to have a 10-tier chocolate cake for his “very big party”
It is our honour here at Shevet to get to know Zinar and his mother. They are both so generous and kind. Zinar is like a big brother for all of the children, and like a little brother for all of the staff! He is intelligent and fun, and likes to join in with everything at home. He can speak Arabic and English very well, in addition to Bahdini (Kurdish); he likes walking Shevvie and going for ice cream, and we are going to miss him so much when he returns to Kurdistan.
Please pray for Zinar, to thank God for his life and for healing his heart. Please also pray for God to keep working in his life, and that he is filled with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation of Jesus.
Today Zinar had his first echo after surgery, he was in a very good mood to come to this echo and know how he was doing as Mom was very excited too and anxious to know if everything went well with the surgery. Dr David was there today during the echo writing down all details that the lady was telling him and every time he was writing he was saying “good, good!” Thank God everything is looking very good for Zinar. When the echo finished he checked Zinar’s wound because there was one stitch that looked different but he said everything was absolutely fine with it, just needed water and soap three times a day! That was relieving for all, us and mom, since there was some worrying about it!
Dr. David was amazing with him, as he usually is, and joked and posed with him in this picture as two strong and powerful men!! We all enjoyed seeing both having a good time! And Zinar sure is a strong boy that will grow into a very kind hearted man as he is constantly pampering other babies and giving them sweet words! Thank you Lord for all the wonderful doctors that you give us for our special families, we know it’s your love and care over all of them.
Zinar will have to come back for a final echo in two weeks and then back home in Dohuk where dad is really missing him and wishing to have him and mom back. We pray that this will happen in two weeks time!
Today, Zinar was discharged from the secondary ICU to Shevet. He and his mom were very happy, and made a tour along other children and moms to say goodbye. On May 5th, Zinar will have an echo. If all is well, and all is still well two weeks later, he will receive a discharge for Kurdistan!
When we stepped into his room this morning, he turned his back on us as he wasn’t really in the mood to talk. Everything was quite calm and peaceful however you could also feel the nervousness in the room. Zinar was just so brave when we walked to the “pre-surgery room”. You could see the pain in his face as they drew blood but he didn’t make a noise.
After he had left for his surgery his mum burst into tears. Thankfully, three friends of Birhat’s mum came, brought some soft drinks and cookies and talked with her whilst we waited so that Zinar’s mum was a little distracted.
Finally after four hours, the doctor came to tell us that everything went well, that they were able to place the valve and open the stent. Praise God!
Nevertheless I felt so sad when I saw him, laying there on the bed with the tube in his mouth, thinking of the happy Zinar who runs with our dog Shevi across the meadow to catch the birds. Let’s pray that he will soon get his strength back. Thank you God so much that you heard our prayers and that the surgery went well!
Today I was really excited for Zinar – finally he was going to be admitted for his surgery. He and his mother waited a long time here for this moment. However our time in the house with them has been so special. His mother is really lovely and a real helper, and Zinar is so smart he is like my professional translator.
This morning we took them to the hospital. Mom was very happy, Zinar seemed so peaceful and strong. When we arrived the head nurse spoke with him in English. She was very happy that her patient was speaking English. They performed an echo, checked vital signs, ECG, and a chest X-ray. Also they explained everything to mom and Dad (through the phone) and answered their questions. Hopefully tomorrow he is going to have his surgery very early in the morning. It doesn’t seem to be a complicated surgery, however please keep Zinar’s life in your prayers – for a good surgery, and a complete and a fast recovery. We know that God will take care of Zinar and his mom.
He is a really special boy. When the nurse took us to the Zinar’s room he was very happy because the room was only for them. Later the anesthesiologist came and explained a little more what will be going on tomorrow. Also he was very excited that his patient can speak English, Arabic and Kurdish, and also he is learning a little Spanish with me. In the afternoon we were really starving and God gave us a nice lunch. I needed to leave the hospital, but before I left I gave them a big hug. They really have a beautiful and special heart and I know that God has a precious plan for Zinar’s life. Please help me to pray for them.
Today Zinar had a CT scan. After three hours of waiting we finally could go to the scan room. He didn’t need anesthesia and afterwards was finally able to eat again.
We hope that he will have the surgery next week. We had a nice time together with tea and lots of funny videos. Please continue to pray for Zinar and his healing process.
We took Zinar for his first assessment today at the hospital. He is a quiet, but very lovely boy and he waited patiently. His echo was good, but there are signs of a small amount of dilatation in the right ventricle due to his VPI (no pulmonary valve). The doctor could see the stent placed in 2007 which it is likely to be too small now.
In the future he will need an angio-CT scan to check the pulmonary circulation. As the stent has been in for so long without Zinar taking aspirin he is at risk of thrombosis. Please pray for Zinar that the doctors will choose the right steps to proceed with his treatment.