A few days ago we brought our cute Shakar to the ER, as he was having a fever. He then was admitted because they figured out that he had a virus. They kept him in the hospital until he got over it.
Today Shakar was discharged. The nurse did a great job, explaining to us which medication he needs and that he is going to meet with the cardiologist in a week to get ready for his cath. The little one looked good, was smiling a lot. We spent a short but nice time in the hospital and quickly met Saida and his mum, Ali and his mum, as well as Mir’s dad. Please pray for Shakar that he will be protected and that he can have his cath soon.
No Tears at First Assessment in Israel
After a good rest last night and meeting the rest of the Shevet families, little Shakar, just ten months old, had his first echo assessment today.
Shakar has Down Syndrome and is really small. He suffers from a complex congenital defect: “Single AV valve, medium ASD and mild pulmonary hypertension.” This is not very easy to understand for many of us, but what is important is that the Lord opened this door for him to be here in this very special time.
It was amazing but Shakar did not cry when the technician was doing the echo and other tests.
Later one of the cardiologists came and read the echo and told us that without a diagnostic cath they can not do a surgery. After a few minutes the doctor confirmed that they want to do the cath already tomorrow. It was a good surprise for all of us.
The hospital staff is amazing, always trying to help with all the paper work. We had to wait for the rooms to be ready before the admission so we took the kids down to the music room and they were so happy.
Please pray for comfort for Shakar’s mother and for the cath tomorrow.
Shakar reaches Israel in race against clock
Ten-month old Shakar reached Israel’s Ben Gurion airport safely today, and will have his first evaluation tomorrow at the Sheba Medical Center. Like many children with Down syndrome, he has the heart condition called “complete AV canal.” The ideal age for corrective surgery is six months, so we will pray that there is still time for doctors in Israel to help heal his heart.
Diana was on hand at the airport and adds:
Every time I go to the airport I have a lot of questions in my mind: how was their flight? Are they stable? How is the condition of the babies and their guardians?. But the best thing I can do is pray that everything is going to be fine! Julio and I were very early in the morning at the airport to pick up two new beautiful families from Kurdistan. We had to wait for them around an hour and half. Praise to the Lord they arrived safely. One of them is our sweet Shakar, he is so so little, he is 11 months old. Mom was very insecure that we were the real people waiting for them, but praise to the Lord Julio was able to speak with them in their own language. I checked them before leaving the airport, praise the lord Shakar was stable so we went home and the next day he is going to have his first echo assessment in Sheba hospital. Please keep this beautiful family in your prayers, that they will have a good time with us.