So we are now praying for their journey home to Kurdistan!
Ramyar was discharged from the hospital today. He is so full of energy that no one would know that he had had a major heart surgery just over a week ago! As we arrived at the house, he and his mum were met with a huge welcome from all the other mothers. Ramyar ran into the house and kissed everyone. Here he is greeting Iman.
He will return to hospital in a week for an echo, so we are hoping and praying that all goes well with his healing. Ramyar was discharged from the hospital today. He is so full of energy that no one would know that he had had a major heart surgery just over a week ago!
The day of Ramyar’s surgery has come. In the months leading up to it, Ramyar’s mother continually put the other families before herself. She said to Maryam’s mum, “I want you to go before me.” As Adleen went in for surgery a few weeks earlier, she said that for her it is no problem to wait. Although the wait was hard, and would be for any parent, she was so kind and selfless all the way through.
This morning Ramyar went into surgery at 8:30. She was really crying as we held one another. And for a little while she wept, but as her husband called she was able to take support from him.
Afterwards she showed me pictures of her family in Kurdistan. I saw how much she adores her children, and the sacrifices she’s made as being here with Ramyar meant she missed her daughter’s first birthday.
After about two hours of waiting we were joined by Iman and her mum who had an echo today. When Ramyar’s mother saw Iman’s mother they embraced and once again she started to weep. Dayki Iman could empathize with her completely. She knew the agonizing wait, wondering what was going on, and if your child is okay. They are good friends, so being together for some time was very special.
At 12 the surgeon came out to say that the surgery was successful- they were able to fix his valve, and did not have to replace it! Thank you God for this outcome.
When Ramyar was only a few days old, Ramyar’s family discovered that he had a congenital heart defect. In an echo, they discovered that he had a ventricular septal defect, or a hole between the lower chambers of his heart. This was not of any major concern, and he did not present with any symptoms that needed to be addressed. When he was five years old, he developed an infection that traveled through his blood into his heart. He received a surgery to close the hole mentioned above and to remove the vegetation that had grown on his tricuspid valve due to the infection. Currently his tricuspid valve is not functioning as well as it should, and this valve will need to be repaired in surgery.
Ramyar had his first assessment today, and bravely completed it without fear. He was even showing us how to perform the echocardiogram. Ramyar is now waiting for his surgery in Israel, please pray for his family during this waiting time.
Today we welcomed our new guest from Kurdistan. His name is Ramyar. He is a seven year old gentlemen. Colin and I picked him and his mum up at the airport of Tel Aviv, and brought them with two other new families to Shevet Achim. He is very lovely, friendly and well-behaved.
We are happy that they had a safe flight and landing in this strange country. At the beginning he was very kind and strong and helped us by bringing the luggage to the vehicle. But when we showed him his new room and new living environment, he laid down at his bed and buried his head in the pillow. Now he was very sad and a little bit scared. He misses his daddy so much. When his mum saw this, she started to cry.
Let’s pray for both of these lovely people, that they will have a good start here in Israel, and that they will return healthy to their loving father after a successful treatment.
Ramyar’s first assessment is scheduled for the first day of march.