When we arrived at Sheba Medical Center today, the Echo and the ECG for our little “Balou” went very quickly. He was very calm and didn’t cry at all. When finished, the doctor took some time to decide if today’s was the last echo for Lalo in Israel. During the waiting time, one of the kind nurses offered us something to drink. Praise the Lord, it was decided “Ballou” and his lovely mother are ready to return back to their family in Kurdistan. Lalo’s mother was very happy to hear this news. She told me she wants to surprise her other three children waiting for her in Kurdistan, and that she is extremely happy she can give this news finally after four months of Lalo’s treatment here. We are very happy for them, though it’s sad for us to let them go, as they have a big place in our heart.
It is just beautiful what the Lord has done in Lalo’s precious life. His mom is very thankful to God, but also to the hospital. She said her thanks to everyone she has seen in the hospital today, over and over again.
When Lalo is back in Kurdistan, he will need follow-up appointments there and will need to continue with his medicines he is taking at the moment. Thank you all so much for your prayers for this lovely family.
Today I was in the hospital with two other families but then I also looked for Lalo to see if he could be discharged after his long-awaited and successful catheterization. So I asked a nurse and Lalo was just having an echo and the doctor told me that he is fine and can come to our house in Jaffa today. The mother was very happy because he will just have another echo next week and then God willing go back to Kurdistan.
Arriving at the house, my coworkers Georgia, Sabrina and Alena came out and welcomed Lalo and his mother with a voice that is probably three octaves higher pitched than mine and all were very happy.
Thank God that Lalo is well now and pray for the return to his family!
The long anticipated catheterization for Lalo was today, and it was truly a day of joy. Doctors placed a stent in his left pulmonary artery to widen it; the procedure only took about an hour. It was a joy as always to be with Lalo’s mum who was keeping in touch with her husband throughout, as well as old friends like the mother of one of the Kurdish children who recently returned home. This particular mum said to Lalo’s mother, “My heart is with you, my sister.” We kept laughing at our joke about dubbing the stent “stent khan,” which, by the way, is only 6mm to fit into Lalo’s tiny heart.
When one of the staff told us that the cath was done his mum jumped out of her seat and started to jump up and down in excitement. She said ana murtaha which means “I am relieved,” and she noticeably exhaled a sigh of relief when the news washed over her. When Lalo was brought out she ran over to him and to the doctors. She hugged one of the cath doctors whom she knew and said, “Thank you, I love you!” to her.
“Sabr ayoub” (The patience of Job) is one of the few phrases I have learned in Arabic from Shevet so far. Nevertheless, this sentence accompanies me every day, just as it did today. When we drove to the hospital with little Lalo this morning, everything went very quickly and well at the beginning. He had an ECG and an echo, during which, he did not cry. After that, I thought it was so nice that we just haD to wait for a room and it wounldn’t take long. But I probably rejoiced too early, because we waited about seven hours until little Lalo and his loving mom could finally be admitted to their room on ward five. It was a long time to wait, but it was a nice time that we spent together. Lalo’s wonderful mother speaks English. We talkED to each other and passED the time. Lalo is a very active boy and we took turns holding him. After some time, he got tired and slept.
When one of the friendly doctors explained to us the risks involved with any cath, Lalo’s mother was very worried and is still worried about her little son. Nevertheless, his cath is scheduled for tomorrow. Therefore, your prayers for the cath tomorrow are greatly appreciated.
As we drove to Sheba Hospital for Lalo’s echo appointment today, his mother showed us the videos of her wedding. She is missing her family back home very much, and this was one of the things she is reminiscing about, as she thinks about her family.
Thank you for your prayer support for this family and especially for Lalo.
This last Sunday, it was Lalo’s mother’s birthday, which made it even more sad for her to be separated from her family. But she had a nice day here as well, and went to a few local shops to get some T-shirts for herself.
It is a happy day for Lalo and his mother today. After three weeks in Sheba Hospital, they could return back to our Jaffa community home. Another Kurdish family also staying at our community home, came outside to welcome us as we arrived in Jaffa. There was so much joy, like a very special moment.
“Ballou’s” recovery took some time. After his last Catheterization, he needed oxygen, a blood transfer, his hemoglobin was too low or his heart was beating too fast. But the doctors wanted to wait and see how Lalo’s condition would develop. The balloon dilation did bear its fruit after all, which is what the doctors had hoped to see. The mother of Lalo had waited for her beloved son to improve and when she did not see improvement, she became discouraged.
Please keep praying for this lovely family.
For volunteers serving at Shevet who don’t speak much Arabic or Kurdish, it’s always very nice when the parents of the children we are caring for, speak a bit of English like the mother of Lalo does. It makes it easier to get to know each other. We all miss little Lalo and his mother a lot in Jaffa.
The day started early for Lalo and his mother. We were waiting about three hours for the surgery to finish and Lalo to return. While we were waiting, one doctor was so nice to write a text message from the Catheterization room, so Lalo’s mother wouldn’t worry. Such care for the mother!
And thank God, it was good news. Doctors made two balloon attempts in Lalo’s pulmonary artery. This should allow Lalo to receive better oxygen throughout his body.
After so much worry, we are so thankful to God, that He has everything in control, and now our lovely baby boy is doing well. He doesn’t need oxygen assistance now.
Thank you so much for all your prayers!
Our little Lalo is always called “Ballou” by his loving mommy when he cries and she takes him in her arms to help him calm down. Lalo’s mom is very worried about her little precious son because last night he experienced some Tachycardia. To get his heartbeat back to normal, Lalo was given medication twice during the night. Thank God that worked out well.
Another thing that worries Lalo’s mother, is that our little Lalo has problems with swallowing and because of that, he’s not eating enough. For this reason he has already lost 700 grams. In addition to oral feeding, he is now fed through a stomach tube to prevent little “Ballou” from losing even more weight and to regain his strength quickly.
It is always nice to see how much his mother loves him and cares for her “Ballou,” taking him lovingly in her arms when he cries and comforting him. Thank God, the little man does not need supplemental oxygen, his oxygen levels are very good.
Please pray for our precious “Ballou” and his worried mommy, that her beloved son will get better little by little, and that she will have peace and trust in God.
Our lovely Lalo was moved to the Secondary Pediatric ICU on the fourth floor of Sheba Medical Center this past Friday. He is getting better.
When I came today for a visit, his mother was worried about her beloved son. She was telling me that he had an EEG done today and one doctor from Neurology examined him. His mother did not understand why and with insufficient communication between herself and doctors, her heart is rushing with concern for Lalo.,
But a nurse who spoke Arabic was able to help with some translation. Lalo’s mother received long sought-after information as to what is happened with her son, also what the doctor has so far done. Doctors believe that Lalo has failed some reflexes. But after his examination today, they found our small boy healthy! What a blessing it was! His mother calmed down directly after receiving this news and was smiling before the end of it.
Lalo’s heart is working very well after the surgery last week. But he has developed some edema in his lungs. He is getting some medicine against it every day.
We hope to see our lovely Lalo soon coming back to us in our community home in Jaffa, as a result of all your prayers. Thank you for your support.
It was a special moment to see Lalo’s mother this morning at Sheba Hospital. Despite not seeing her for only one day, I truly had missed her. So when she responded to my and co-worker Alena’s message, asking if she wanted to come and sit with in an upstairs waiting area, we were very pleased. I was not expecting her to burst into tears as she hugged with Alena. A long embrace, with so much said, silently.
Lalo’s strong and beautiful mother has apparently come to realize it is not the case that Lalo’s surgery yesterday would fix his problems for life. Instead, she learned that as he grows, the newly-placed valve of yesterday’s surgery will need to be replaced, a few times perhaps, during his lifetime.
Lalo’s mum was very upset to think of Lalo’s future, filled with surgeries, for which she would have to travel each time, making the situation so difficult for her family.
Thankfully Lalo is recovering well from this surgery. She sent this photo, cuddled up in a blanket, and now he is extubated. He has started to drink milk already!
Please pray for peace in the heart of this beautiful mother.
Our beloved Lalo had his big surgery today in the morning. His mother was waiting for this day for so long a time. Thanks be to God, she had the patient endurance and could a little bit enjoy the time with us in our Jaffa home.
Lalo’s surgery took about five hours. His mother was in tears in the waiting room. I could feel the whole weight of worry about her son as we hugged each other. She needed some support. Our Lord was with us. We prayed together for Lalo’s heart, for the doctors and nurses. In the midst of this, I received a text message from a co-worker,“ This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ( Psalm 118:24). This was truly God’s provision.
After we prayed, the mother wanted to have breakfast with me. The day before, she made an extra cake in anticipation of this event! So we spent the time talking, looking at family pictures, and sometimes conversing with other mothers in the hospital. We had such a good conversation while waiting for her blessed boy.
Two hours before Lalo came out of the surgery, a doctor visited us. He told us that the surgeon was almost finished the intervention successful. What a great announcement it was! The doctor explained what they did for Lalo’s heart, that it could be everything was repaired. But what Lalo’s mother did not expect, was that the pulmonary valve was replaced by a biological valve, which after some years, would have needed to be replaced. This was a stunning piece of news as well, the mother was so thankful for this skillful and insightful help! She was saying this again and again.
Now Lalo is recovering well in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU at Sheba medical centre. Please keep praying for his recovery and for the strength of his mother to be renewed as well.