Coworker Georgia and I had only one goal for today: Bringing Mohammed “asleep” for his EEG at Sheba Medical Center. We tried everything to make this little boy tired. At first, we scheduled the appointment in the afternoon. The mother stopped him from his lunch-nap. When we arrived, she gave him milk and she swung him back and forth endlessly on her knees. His Mum sang and played with him, but this little mister just didn’t get tired.
Too exciting was this new environment and these strangers. But thanks to the Lord, Mohammed has an unbelievably cozy and peaceful nature which enabled the nurse to do the EEG while he was awake.
We haven’t received a result yet, but in three weeks we will have an appointment with the doctor together to discuss the result of the EEG. It is very nice to see how he is improving more and more. Please continue to pray for him.
When I arrived at the Sheba Medical Center and saw Mohammed, I couldn’t believe how big he was! He has grown so much since his surgery! But still he was the same gentle and sincere little boy as always.
We had a bit of a wait before being released but his mom (seen here below) didn’t mind having to wait another few hours for the report to be ready. At 3:00, though, she was ready to go.
We have a lot to thank God for. Just after Mohammed’s surgery, he suffered a small stroke and as a result there are only mild effects remaining, thank God. He will be doing physiotherapy exercises to help the left side of his body which was affected. But he is doing very well.
When we got back to the Jaffa base everyone was thrilled to see them again and they have been settling in to life here again. Thank you for praying for this wonderful boy, please continue to hold him on prayer.
We heard from Mohammed’s mum that her previous baby is recovering well in the ICU, and has been extubated already the day after his big surgery.
Thank God for this good news!
God held this day perfectly in His hands and brought us all through it according to His timings. Little Mohammed was brought down to the operation room at about 11 am, by two familiar, cheerful and lovely nurses, accompanied by his mum. It was very nice to see them all, and to wave farewell to Mohammed who was happily watching the faces of the medical team as they wheeled his bed away from us.
Mohammed’s mum was precious company all day, she is a very strong woman, and it was so enjoyable to be together. Although the day was surely a difficult one, she remained peaceful and chatty throughout. We spoke together about living as a community, and it was especially beautiful to hear how close friends the mothers at Shevet have all become with one another. Mohammed’s mum has a kind heart for all of them! When I received news today that another Shevet child waiting at the Jaffa home would be called in for surgery, Mohammed’s mum was quick to pick up her own phone and share the information with that child’s mum. We also had a nice picnic lunch outside together, a favourite Kurdish specialty dish called “Dolma,” sent from the other mothers.
We heard after maybe five hours that Mohammed’s surgery had been successful. We celebrated together! After another few hours, Mohammed was transferred into the ICU and stabilised with his mother by his side.
Praise God for a special day with this kind mother, and for a successful surgery for Mohammed.
Mohammed, seen here above right in his mum’s arms, went to Sheba Medical Center today to be admitted. He will be having his second interventional catheterization tomorrow.
He was such a good and happy boy throughout the afternoon. Please pray for his catheterization process tomorrow. The last time the doctors tried the balloon dilation it had serious complications. They will try again tomorrow with a larger balloon, and if this doesn’t work, they will have to go to surgery.
Mohammed S is discharged!
Cute Mohammed has fought his way home and his discharge was surprisingly fast. I had just entered the ICU as the nurse approached me and gave me Mohammed’s discharge papers. Mohammed’s mum welcomed me with a smile and took joyfully her stuff and Mohammed to leave the ICU.
While waiting to leave the hospital, we were able to spend some time with another of the Shevet kids, also at the hospital. Here beside me and Mohammed, is the lovely Khonav! She was there for a CT scan.
We arrived home to the Shevet house safe and sound. Pray little Mohammed and his mum can rest and regain strength for the time that is laying ahead.
written by Berith
Today I had the opportunity to go to Sheba Medical Center where I met Mohammed and his mother. He had been moved to the secondary ICU and will probably be discharged to the Shevet home tomorrow. I loved to see the relief in the face of his mother that the cath finally is over, and she tried to show us that the curve on the machines he is wired to, says he is doing well. It was wonderful to feel the calmness that she expressed during our short visit, because if she is calm, I’m sure it effects Mohammed too, and makes his healing process shorter.
Looking into his little smiling face with those beautiful, sparkling eyes just a couple of days ago, made me realize that he feels loved, and that helps a lot when you are going through the deep waters.
Please keep praying for all the children, but don’t forget their families, because they really need it.
New beginnings, Mohammed S first Echo
Today Mohammed S had his first Echo assessment. Mohammed’s mother has a very calm and quiet personality, as well as Mohammed. The first day at the hospital for a new parent is a very decisive and important time. I try my best to explain to them where everything is and how things work at the hospital. It is a completely new experience for most of the parents, for some it is the first time they have ever been outside of their own countries. Mohammed´s mother was able to meet and spend special time with two of our Kurdish mothers who are also presently at the hospital with their children. Mohammed S was very calm during the Echo-cardiogram procedure.
The Cardiologist confirmed the diagnosis of Uni- cuspid Valve Stenosis. The Doctor said that maybe they can open the valve with a balloon procedure, but it could be dangerous and he said also that it is better to repair the valve or change it in surgery.They may have to replace the valve.
The information will be shared with the rest of the doctors. Then they will decide and let us know. Please remember to pray for Mohammed S and his mother, their journey is just starting.