I would like to start Zhya’s blog by thanking God for his protection. When I walked into his room today, his mum wasn’t paying attention for a second, and Zhya suddenly fell out of his bed. Headlong. So when he banged with his head against the floor, I was so shocked and just thinking, “Something really really bad just happened.” He was crying and bleeding out of his nose. But suddenly after five minutes he stopped crying and behaved like nothing had happened at all (I took the below picture after the accident). Thank you God that he didn’t get hurt badly; thank you for your protection!
The good news is that Zhya had a successful cath and was discharged today. Still the doctors don’t know yet if he can have surgery, so they will sit together to talk about what’s best for him. If it will be the case that he can have surgery, it will be a high risk surgery because of his high lung pressure. So please pray that the doctors will have wisdom to decide wisely. Zhya’s life depends on that.
Julio and I had the pleasure of meeting Zhya and his mum at the airport this evening. Their journey seemed to have been relatively smooth, and they arrived with their bags.
Zhya has a diagnosis of AV canal, as well as Down Syndrome. We have a lovely little cohort of children with these diagnoses here at the moment. Praise God that Zhya was in a good condition when we met. He was smiley and happy and he tolerated me checking his oxygen levels etc so nicely. Of course also, he enjoyed having his photo taken; what a beautiful smile he has! It is a joy to be able to share some pictures of this special boy with you!
His mum also, was so lovely. She brought some delicious biscuits as a gift, and was so enthusiastic about being here in Israel. As we left the airport the sun had set, and cast beautiful purple and red clouds all over the skyline.
It is a pleasure and an honour to welcome this happy family to Israel. Please pray that Zhya will find healing here for his heart, and that he and his family will be blessed with the knowledge of the God of this land.