It was at the time Yousef and his mother were staying at the hospital, when my co-workers Alena and Georgia introduced Yousef’s mother to me and told her that Yousef looks quite similar to me. When Yousef and his mother came back from the hospital, the first thing she the first thing she explained to me immediately after greeting me was that Yousef looks like a smaller version of me.
So while they were staying in our house in Jaffa, I had Yousef in my arms a couple of times and realized why for me, this connection to him was even stronger, and that was because his hair was directed to the right side and mine to the left. For me it really felt like looking into the mirror.
While staying in Jaffa, Yousef had another two echos and was than cleared to go back home. After he and his mother were spending some days in our Jerusalem guest house with two other families, they finally went back to Kurdistan on Tuesday.
Thank God for the possibility for him and his mother to come to Israel, and receive treatment and healing. Please continue to pray for our Lord’s blessing on their family!
Greetings from Big Yousef! He is awake and extubated, and looking very nice today in his room. He seems to be feeling active and is trying to wiggle his arms and legs a lot, and smile. It’s lovely to see him on the other side of his surgery. Thank God for the healing.
As yesterday was Yousef’s second surgery, today he remains intubated as his body adjusts to the surgical results. The hospital said that his mother is always looking quite anxious, and asked us to tell her that everything is okay with Yousef. When co-worker Georgia and I entered the ICU at Sheba hospial, we saw Yousef’s mother and another Kurdish mother together in the hall.
We thought it would be nice to go outside. The four of us ventured there for a much-needed break from the ICU. This time of year, for a few weeks only, there are two trees on the hospital grounds that are in full bloom right in front of the hospital. In the warm breeze, they rain down their purple blossoms with benches right underneath them which is where we sat for awhile today.
The moms, Georgia and I enjoyed taking pictures. At one point, Yousef’s mother recognized a group of doctors and nurses who were present for Yousef’s surgery yesterday. She approached them tentatively to see if they remembered her, and they did.
She ended up getting a selfie with them! The days have been quite full at the hospital, so getting to spend quality time with Yousef’s mother was a gift for us. Please continue to pray for her son in the midst of his recovery.
Yousef went into his arterial switch surgery in the morning. The surgery took around five hours, and then a fairly long time to finally close his chest and bring him out before his mother’s eyes. When the team emerged from the operation room doors, bringing Yousef in the bed, his mother was ecstatic and was happy that there were many of us around to share in the moment! The surgeon told her that the surgery had been sucessful, which is excellent news. Again, the other Kurdish families who were in hospital and who know English and Arabic, willingly rallied round to help with translation. Yousef’s mother was still very nervous, but feeling a little braver than the time of the last surgery. We were able to chat together a little. We were joined by many other families from time to time whom we know from Kurdistan and also from Gaza, who came by to encourage Yousef’s mum; all of them knowing how it is to sit with their baby through hours of surgery. Yousef’s mum positioned herself in a particularly chosen seat, so that she could see clearly both doors through which Yousef would emerge. Yousef was taken up to the ICU, and is in the room across from another Kurdish child who’s mother is a friend of Yousef’s mother. We are praying for his best recovery
Second stage of surgery set for tomorrow
Since his urgent surgery last week, Yousef is now extubated and the second stage of his surgery is already scheduled for tomorrow. His mum has a wonderful support system in the other Kurdish families currently in hospital. This was particularly helpful to her last week as Youef’s first surgery was very intense for her. With the second surgery a day away, I’m confident these families will help Yousef’s mother again in the difficult process of releasing of her son to yet another operation. Please pray for them both tonight as they prepare.