Svea and I joined the group of Kurdish parents sitting outside the ICU doors this morning. Sahand went into surgery just after 8am.
Sahand’s father waited patiently for the process. These are the most difficult hours, when a parent entrusts their child to the medical team, and they disappear through the doors into the OR. Sahand has really grown in confidence during the time we have got to know him here in Shevet. He no longer cries when we check his oxygen levels at home, and we have got to see his beautiful happy personality.
Dad showed me and Svea some of the photos of Sahand’s hospital experience thus far, and so it is hard to see this usually happy boy bring so upset in these photos. Thankfully he has a strong and loving father with him, who is devoted to his wellbeing and care.
Sahand’s surgery took around 5 hours, and he was stabilised in the ICU. He is neighbours with Nyaz and also close to Wareen. Also as we were there with Mateen’s mum, she was able to translate the information from the surgery for dad. We have to wait over these next 24 hours and pray that it has been a success and that Sahand’s body will heal well.
Today, as our hospital team was in the midst of Gaza discharges, a catheterization for one of our Kurdish children and a surgery for another one of the Kurdish kids, we got a text from Sophie at the Jaffa base who said that the hospital wanted to admit Sahand today for surgery tomorrow! It was a day of ups and downs for him; he was endlessly patient during the waiting, but for the echo, the x-ray, and then eventually the blood tests, he was extremely distraught. But his father was calm and soothing for his son throughout it all. Sahand’s dad is extremely kind and very genuine in his graciousness, at one point he even got up from his seat in the waiting area to help a mother who was struggling to walk with her son in a wheel chair and the IV stand attached to him down the hallway. This man is truly a rock for his family, a joy to get to know, and a steadfast father to his son. We know that Sahand is and will continue to be blessed by his father’s presence and we pray that our Heavenly Father will be a Good Shepard to both Sahand and his dad as he goes into surgery tomorrow.
Finally today Sahand had his second (but first successful) echo, which had to be done under sedation. His father had a great idea because Sahand needed to fast from 5:00am till 11:00am so the father gave him an empty bottle of milk to keep Sahand calm.
The echo was performed successfully, but the recovery was not easy for Sahand. We had to wait for a long time until his saturation went back to his normal rate. The medical staff were so kind with Sahand.
Now we have to wait for the echo reading then the cardiologist team will meet to decide the next step. Please pray for Sahand’s father – the journey has just started.
We went today to the hospital with Sahand and his dad to have his first assessment. On our way to the hospital Dad was very anxious and told me that they have been waiting for this day for a year and a half! He couldn’t believe they were here! We had to wait while the doctor finished a cath so in the meantime they called home and talked to Mom and sister. He was smiling and answering back all of Mom’s loving words!
Sahand cried a lot during the echo and made it very difficult for the doctor to have clear images – we tried many things with the father. The doctor also was very patient and tried three different times with half an hour in between. Dad even put Sahand to sleep in his legs as a Kurdish mom will do to her baby – it was lovely to see this loving father trying his best to help his boy! He was sad when the doctor said that he needed better pictures of the Left Pulmonary Artery and that he was asking for an echo under sedation to have all the information that the operating team needs to make the best decision for the surgery. So we thank God together with Dad for this time and leave everything in God’s hands. Please join us in prayer for this little one, for a fast appointment for the echo and for strength and peace in his father’s heart.