Shadi’s first appointment showed his uniquely complicated heart. The echo was extensive and better at the end to get good images because he fell asleep at that point. Usually to calm children down during the echo, parents will use music or videos, and Shadi’s mother did do that, but what was new for me to see was when she brought out a hand puppet which mesmerized him. He loved it!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how big the task ahead is for these parents to travel to a new country with a severely unwell newborn baby, without anyone else they know. Many of the families have never been on an aeroplane, or left Kurdistan before. They are bravely putting any fears to the side, in the hope of life-saving surgery for their baby.