Today we got great news from the hospital! Mateen will have his heart surgery tomorrow. After an echo in the afternoon, the doctors explained everything to the mother. She is very nervous but also glad that the operation will be tomorrow. Mateen is a strong little boy and the doctors are very confident. It is still not sure if he needs one or two surgeries. Please pray for healing and that the doctors make the right decisions.
When I got into her room the doctor was already there checking him and getting his medical background history. His mom was quite worried about her son but she didn’t stop singing Kurdish baby music while she was dandling him. When the nurse took him to the catherization, she started crying and was really upset. But after a while she was calming down and she enjoyed the time with us showing pictures of her other sons and big family. After two hours of waiting Mateen came out of the catherization and his very mom was really happy to see him doing good. The doctor said that the cath went well. Now they are looking for further plans. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors concerning his further treatment. Please also pray for a good recovering and strength for his mom.
A Long Day with the Best Company
Sometimes it’s a long day in the hospital when the children are going to be admitted for different procedures. But each time of waiting is different. Today I had the pleasure to be all day with our sweet Mateen and his amazing mother. They really had a long and exhausting day. In the morning we arrived at the hospital for an ECG and check of vital signs. Mateen cried a little more than his last time at hospital but the nurse blew bubbles for him and I put on some music, and this was enough to calm down him. Later the doctor performed an echo, and after we went for a chest x-ray. The next step was waiting for the doctor to explain to mom the procedure for tomorrow, followed by a wait for Mateen’s bed to be ready.
So, we had a long, long time of waiting in the echo area of hospital today but mom was really patient and we got to know each other better. Mateen’s mother was a little tired and anxious because last night she couldn’t sleep as she is thinking a lot about her beautiful son. This is the first time that one of her sons is going to go to surgery. But her family is a great support for her. We spent our time talking to each other about our families, along with Georgia and Sophie. We were able to eat together and Mateen had many opportunities to fall asleep whilst resting on my legs. He is really an amazing boy; my favorite thing about him today was when he was smiling at me. Each time that I saw mom with Mateen I could see true love. She really loves him. Although she is tired and is afraid of the unknown at the moment she is really brave and strong.
Finally the doctor called us – she was very nice with us and she explained everything to Mom and Dad (on the cellphone) because Dad can speak Arabic, so he was our translator today. The doctor answered all of the questions that they had. After that, we went to the ward room and a kind nurse welcomed us, took vital signs for Mateen, and she took us to Mateen’s room. Mom was very happy that the room was only for them.
I put Mateen in his new bed and he fell asleep immediately. Maybe around 20 minutes later, the nurse called us and took us to the procedures area. In this place the doctor did a blood test and took swabs, put in an IV line for fluid and asked mom some questions to get ready for the catheterisation. Mateen was a really brave boy; he didn’t cry because his mom sang for him all the time. When they finished with the tests, I took mom to the room again and I gave her a hug and prayed for them. She was very happy that someone was with her the whole time. Tomorrow morning Mateen is going to have a diagnostic cath. If this is successful, he is going to have his surgery soon. Please pray for this beautiful baby and for strength and peace for his Mom.
Today, very early in the morning, we went to airport to pick up two beautiful families that came from Kirkuk. They landed earlier than we thought but than they took such a long time, about one and a half hours, to go thru customs. We were a little worried but finally we got to greet these sweet families. One of the them was so precious Mateen and his mother. It was a lovely and easy to communicate with his mother because she speaks a little English. Mateen is a beautiful 7 months old. Thanks to the wisdom of his mother he was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when he was two days old.
Today he had his first assessment in Sheba hospital. He was very tired and hungry from the traveling , so the echo was very easy to do because his mother gave him milk and then he fell asleep. The doctor confirmed his diagnosis . The doctor thinks they should do a cath first before scheduling the surgery. His saturation is a little low and his lungs pressure is a little high. So the doctor thinks that it is better to confirm Mateen’s condition before the surgery is decided on. His case is going to be discussed this week and the doctors will make the plan for him.
Please pray for wisdom for the medical team for the best plan for our sweet Mateen and for peace for his beautiful mother in this time they are far away to home.