Mir is such a lovely boy and we all adore him. He came out of his pacemaker surgery after two hours. It was successful, thank God, and now, after he is recovered from this, the doctors will plan to repair his structural problems as well.
Throughout the day of her son’s first surgery, Mir’s mother was so peaceful. She was often praying under her breath and conversing with the other Kurdish families who are also in the hospital. She appreciated the time the families were able to sit together, was encouraged by it, and said there isn’t anything shared quite like this in the hospitals where she is from.
We admitted Mir tonight for his pacemaker surgery tomorrow; his mother had a mixture of emotions as she said goodbye to the other families, but thankfully Mir was admitted with another child, so she is not alone for her first night in the hospital.
Once we got into the hospital room at Sheba hospital, there was a rush of things that were done to attach Mir to the monitors. They also took his vitals, they gave him another corona test, some blood work, and a canula insertion. Throughout everything, Mir coped so well. He resumed his usual contemplative demeanor while rolling around in the crib.
Seven month old Mir had his first assessment today at Sheba hospital after arriving from Kurdistan this past Thursday. Because all of the new Kurdish families are quarantined today, this was the first extended time we had with Mir and his mother.
It was a busy day. When we checked into cardiology, they sent us downstairs for a blood test before the echo. Co-worker Georgia and I were surprised at how little Mir cried when the nurse drew blood. He was very calm! He seemed to really like interacting with everyone; before his echo he was relaxed and playing with his feet.
The technician took over 200 snapshots of his heart, which confirmed the diagnosis of L- TGA which is when the right and left ventricles are switched. The doctors will discuss his case in their meeting and then his treatment will go from there.
The first hospital day for Kurdish families is often intense and overwhelming. New country, new language, new hospital, new system, new everything. One thing that stayed with me was when Mir’s mother said sometimes doctors in Iraq told worried parents the answers they wanted to hear, that everything was fine, even when it was not.
I hope this family can find rest and peace here knowing that lies are not what they will find here. The answers may be hard at times, but they will be honest. I also hope so much that Mir’s mother will come to know that the best and utmost is being done for her son on the part of all concerned.
Please pray for Mir and his mum as the process begins of waiting for surgery and all that this potentially involves. May she be filled with peace and hope in the knowledge that her son is being ceaselessly cared for.
Today little Mir and her mom arrived with five other families at the Jordan boarder crossing to Israel. We traveled there with our Shevet vans to collect them with their luggage. We enjoyed a little concert of crying babies. All the babies received some milk at that point, and then we were ready for the last wing of their traveling, to our community home in Jaffa.
Leaving the crossing point, the security man checked the passports, and said to all of us in the car with a very friendly voice, “Welcome to Israel!”
I thank God that a way was fashioned for these families, including for Mir and her mother. She will have her first appointment next week, so please pray for the upcoming treatment and for the whole time they spend here with us in Israel!