What a joy it was to have Ahmed’s mother and little Ahmed humming around our communities for a time. It didn’t seem to matter where this little boy was, the Shevet house, the Guest House, the hospital, even the airport – there was always something akin to a magnetic field hovering about him that made people irresistibly drawn.
His face glowed from the inside out with a light that made him incredibly endearing, his energy contagious!
The Shevet family will miss Ahmed. May God keep him strong until the time he can return for his corrective surgery. The Doctors would like between six and twelve months added to his little frame before attempting this however. So the Lord watch over you Ahmed, and protect your precious heart for His sake.
The cardiologists and surgeons discussed Ahmed’s case this morning, and the surgeon requested that Ahmed return to Kurdistan for roughly six months prior to his next big operation. They would like Ahmed to grow more, and would like to reduce the risks of complications from a big surgery. Though there are always risks for major operations such as the one they are proposing for Ahmed, they want what is best for Ahmed and would prefer to wait until he grows a little more. The cardiologist was very pleased from his results from his catheterization in Israel, as they were able to dilate his stent and slightly improve his oxygenation. I know that God brought him to Israel for a reason, and it was important for him to have had this catheterization. I do not fully understand all the details regarding Ahmed, but I trust that God does.
We are saying farewell for now, but we pray that Ahmed will grow strong and well during this waiting period. We also look forward to his return soon. These are some lovely photos of Ahmed that our colleague Jana captured. We treasure his smile and how he finds joy in little moments, such as marveling at the sight of bubbles. We will dearly miss his smile and his sweet mother.
Ahmed is full of life. He never stops moving and never stops exploring. Simply sitting in the stroller or in his designated bed in the cardiac unit was not sufficient for his abundant energy. Today he was very active, which was a good sign. Yesterday, the x-ray revealed that he had fluid in his lungs. The doctors started a medication to help decrease this fluid, and today the x-ray showed that he was responsive to this treatment. After a blood test, Ahmed was cleared to return to the Shevet Achim house in Jaffa.
Ahmed’s mother was thankful and excited for this news, especially for the improvement of her son. During the waiting for the report, Ahmed and his mother, ventured to the various markets located in the hospital. He loved seeing all the various colors, items, and exploring the various parts of the hospital.
At last he finally waved goodbye to the hospital. Ahmed is now reunited with the other families at the Jaffa Center.
May we all continue to keep finding joy in the little beauties of life, to live fully, and to respond to all circumstances with thanks. What does it mean to be full of life? And are we all living our lives to the fullest? We give thanks to our God, the giver of life.
After arriving at the hospital, I found out that Ahmed was in the General Ward. Upon arriving there, I found his beautiful mum and a sleeping Ahmed. Both of them were gaining strength for the procedure which had been delayed. Talking to the nurse I was informed that he would be the next in line for a catheterization. It still took a while before he finally went into the Cath lab, but God provided the space for him.
Ahmed’s mum was quite scared at the beginning but through co-worker Helen’s support, she felt better and took the rest of the wait strongly.
Ahmed’s procedure went by quickly. He was put back into the 2ICU with a very happy mum. Waking up, Ahmed was surrounded by his loving mum, some other Shevet family members and me. The room was filled with joy and love, a great atmosphere.
I feel very blessed knowing them and the love they share with each other and us. We were sitting together and laughing. In the midst of these hard circumstances, they were able to have a small piece of normalcy and joy. This was such a beautiful gift to the families and to me. I felt like God was blessing this time with His love and joy.
Ahmed landed safely tonight at Ben Gurion airport for an urgent follow-up to his first surgery in Israel last year. When he was just two months old, Ahmed traveled to Israel with Shevet Achim to have a patent ductus arteriosus stent placed.
Ahmed possesses large, innocent deep brown eyes. He is one year and four months old. Ahmed also has a contagious smile. He smiles at almost everything–a yellow balloon, a Kurdish song about the days of the week, and even the other children. He is such a joy to be around. I wish we could capture his sweetness. His mother, Garda, also is incredibly kind and sweet. We are all looking forward to spending more time with them.
We are incredibly thankful for Ahmed’s safe return. We pray that Ahmed and his mother would have a wonderful, blessed second journey in Israel.