Noor is reunited with her family
Last Wednesday we had Noor’s farewell party before she was flying back to Kurdistan on Thursday morning. Based on the surgical results, she will not need another operation in the future and is also without any medication to aid in her heart function. Our Jaffa co-workers drove to our Jerusalem guesthouse to join us in the farewell party for Noor.
We broke the Ramadan fast with the Kurdish families before sharing words of encouragement and recalling fun memories with Noor and her mum. It was a lovely farewell party and Noor’s mother was very happy and thankful for everything that the Lord has done for her and Noor. She also expressed her thanks to Sheba hospital and for all at Shevet Achim.
The communion we shared with each other was lovely and I’m glad and thankful to the Lord that we can be part of this. In moments like this, when we sit around the table all together, I always think how beautiful it is that even though we are all from different countries and speak different languages there is still the love for each other that is connecting us and Jesus Christ himself is present in this moments
After beautiful Noor opened her gifts (see the beautiful shirt she is wearing), all of us went out to buy ice cream nearby. Jaffa street, where we bought the ice cream, was crowded; the train service had stopped and you could hear loud music and see people dancing everwhere. It was the beginning of the celebration of the Memorial day on Thursday. All of the families loved it and they took many pictures and videos. Noor’s mother said “It’s my last night, we have to go!”
So early on Thursday morning, I had the privilege to bringing beautiful Noor and her mother to the airport. It was time to be reunited with their family back in Kurdistan. When one of the families leaves, I always look on it with one eye crying because they really feel like our family in the time that they are here, and we miss them when they have left, but the other eye is happy because I know that they will be reunited with their own family soon. It is amazing what God is doing with all these families. Praise him for this and that the beautiful Noor and her mother are now reunited with their family back in Kurdistan.
Noor can return to Kurdistan
Although officially discharged, precious little Noor went to Sheba hospital today for an echo. This was the last echo for Noor here in Israel. The doctor was very pleased with the echo results, stating they were excellent. Noor’s mother was very happy with this news. It is amazing what God has done in Noor’s little life so far.
During the echo, it was quite difficult to keep Noor calm. She is known to move a lot during echos, and in keeping with that tradition, two of us had to keep hold of Noor during the procedure. But that worked out well. Noor’s mother also helped to distract Noor by showing her a cell-phone video.
Praise the Lord for this good recovery. May Noor continue to be well back in Kurdistan. There she will need another echo after one month and some follow-up. She is presently officially discharged without any medicine.
When we were about to leave the hospital, one of the Kurdish father’s currently in the hospital with his daughter, joined us and was very happy to see Noor. He loves all the children and is always chatting with them when they are in the hospital. This is such a blessing to see.
Beautiful Noor was discharged this morning! It was a surprise to learn she doesn’t need any medicine, which is something that rarely happens especially in children so soon after surgery. Although she was ready to return to our Jaffa community home this morning, Noor and her mum chose to stay for multiple hours with another Kurdish mother whose child was in surgery today.
What is surprising and rare about this is the love and understanding exhibited by Dalal’s mother. She never rushed anything and was not resentful of the wait, but was genuinely so supportive of this other mum.
In the afternoon, I drove Noor and her mum to our Jerusalem guesthouse where they will be staying for a time with three of our other families; she looks forward to the many opportunities of exploring the old city and Al-Aqsa mosque!
If Noor's fine, then I'm fine
I was very happy today when I went into the room where Noor and her lovely mother are in the ICU and saw that happy Noor is already extubated. The mother greeted me in her kindness and was very happy about it as well. She told me that her little daughter had a fever in the night and that she wasn’t that well in the night but praise be to God that she is now. It is always so lovely to see how much the parents love and care for their children in the way that Noor’s mother did today. While Noor was at our community home, her mother told us that Noor is hardly ever sleeping, but in the hospital she is usually sleeping because of her medicine. Even though she is moving a lot whilst sleeping, her mother is by her side all the time, and when she was moving, she calmed her down very quickly. One of the doctors quickly came inside and told her that Noor’s echo today looks good. Her mother was happy to hear that but at the same time she knows that everything is happening step by step. She said the waiting is no problem. If Noor is fine, I’m fine, no problem. It was lovely to see how much she loves her cute Noor. Please pray that Noor continues to recover well from her surgery, step by step.
Noor was called in for another echo, this time with some sedation. The doctors wanted to get a clearer picture of her heart; and explained that as the saying goes: “God is in the details; we want the details!”
Although these specific details are not disclosed to us at this time, one very important detail was shared, which is the planned date of Noor’s surgery! It looks to be going ahead next week! Noor’s mum was pleased, but also kept on sharing how this made her own heart feel so nervous for her precious little girl.
Please pray for her to feel peace as she waits at home over this Passover weekend.
Today, co-workers Georgia, Sebastian and I had the privilege of collecting six new Kurdish children and their chaperones from the border between Jordan and Israel. The beautiful ladies Noor and her mum comprised one of these families. It was a long day, and they were both tired when they arrived.
Noor is one year and three months old. She has a diagnosis of Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Noor will see the doctor in the next week to make a full assessment of her condition. She is a very happy and beautiful girl, just like her mother. She did well on her flight, thank God.
She and her mum must stay in a two week quarantine with all the other Kurdish families for the next two weeks, so please pray for an easy settling-in period for all of them.