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.