Amin has been moved down to the Sheba hospital pediatric intermediate care department. His mother was very happy with this sign of his progress.
Amin has been having some fever and potentially has an infection, either generally or potentially in his heart. The doctor was hopeful that this is an unlikely situation, and we will know more when results of three blood tests come in.
His mother was so pleased to know that the surgery looks good and even though he may have an infection, it doesn’t mean he would need another surgery which had been one of her biggest fears.
Amin went to Sheba hospital for a CT scan of his heart today. This helps the doctors to properly plan for his surgery. A CT scan is a non-invasive procedure, but because Amin is a baby, they needed to give him sedation. For his mother, this is the first time she has watched Amin have anesthesia administered. She was taken out of the room while the test was performed, but was all the time concerned that his oxygen would drop after the scan. This, combined with many ‘firsts,’ was very stressful for her.
It was, in some ways, like a practice of what his surgery will be like. It weighed heavy on her. We spoke as we waited the few minutes it took to view the scan. While I told her not be afraid and tried to reassure her, I thought of how overwhelming this must be to give her baby up, even for a short time, to the hands of others. She has been with Amin all day, everyday, since before he was born.
After a few minutes, Amin was taken out of the CT scan and was beginning to wake up from the anesthesia. His mother was there by his side, and much to both their delight, he was allowed to eat after seven hours of fasting.
Please pray for both of them as they anticipate the coming operation.
Amin had an appointment at Sheba hospital today for a Sonar test in order to make a plan for his surgery. Before we were called in, we had to wait in the waiting area for around ten minutes.
Today was my first chance to get to know little Amin and his lovely mother a bit better, as they have been in quarantine for the last two weeks. His mother shared with me that Amin has three other older siblings, two other boys and a girl. She showed me pictures of them on her phone and they all do look beautiful.
Amin is a very happy boy who loves it when you interact with him, he always smiles back. He is also very brave as he showed today during his examination. He was not afraid or crying at all. His mother had to hold his head calm during the sonar test which worked well and I could see the love she has for him in her eyes. The test was very quick. Right after we went to the ICU as Ami’s mom wanted to see the other mothers who are there with their children. It was a short but nice visit and then we left.
Please continue to pray for this happy boy and his lovely mother.
Having landed in Amman yesterday, Amin and his mum and three other Kurdish mothers and babies, all traveled today with Jonathan to the border crossing with Israel, where co-workers Sebastian, Alena and I picked them up and brought them to our community home in Jaffa.
Amin is just four months old and has been diagnosed in Kurdistan with d-TGA, transposition of the great arteries.
It is good that he and his mum have arrived safely. We hope and pray that Amin will be able to receive the medical care he needs, and that his mum will be comfortable and will feel at home here with us.