Tonight, after just over two months in Israel, Mohammed and his father boarded a plane to travel home to Kurdistan!
On Thursday, Mohammed and his father spent much of the day in Jerusalem with coworker Julio,
and then returned to Jaffa for a farewell party.
Everyone shared stories and kind words for the two of them, and Mohammed’s father expressed so much gratitude for the care and support they have received during their time here in Israel.
Mohammed’s dad has been so excited all week about going home. On the way to the airport, he kept telling me and coworker Rachel how happy Mohammed was to be going home. Indeed, little Mohammed was in quite a good mood through all the waiting at the airport.
The process at the airport was very smooth for Mohammed and his dad. We were surprised to find that none of the airport employees there at the time could speak any Arabic, but they were all exceptionally kind and went out of their way to make the process as easy as possible, even playing with Mohammed in his stroller.
From the moment we left our home in Jaffa to when we waved goodbye at the security checkpoint, Mohammed’s father thanked us again and again for helping his son. “I love you, Shevet Achim!” he kept saying.
We’re so grateful for the time we’ve gotten to spend with Mohammed and his father, and especially for God’s provision and healing for this little boy!
Today, Mohammed and his father were discharged to our community home in Jaffa. They have been in Sheba hospital since arriving in early August.
When I told Mohammed’s father that they were discharged to Jaffa, he couldn’t believe it at first. I told him that I don’t know yet at what time we will go, and he said it was no problem as long as Mohammed was good and as long as he is really going to leave the hospital today.
I reassured him and he was very happy to hear that. We are happy that they are staying with us now and hope to have a good time with them in Jaffa. In the time, when Mohammed was hospitalized, he needed a lot of treatment for his heart and also for his stomach, so please pray for him as he has to settle in now to his life outside the hospital.
Mohammed needs to go back to the hospital for follow-up appointments soon.
One of the cardiologists at Sheba hospital spoke with Mohammed’s father yesterday to explain to him that his son would be having a catheterization tomorrow. But it would not be a normal cardiac catheterization.
They would instead be inserting a catheter in his abdomen to drain the the fluid build-up there and also the fluid around his lungs. He will be with this for at least twenty four hours, and the doctor who will do the procedure was hopeful it would help control the fluid build-up in his stomach as well.
The procedure took place today according to plan. It only lasted a few minutes and was done in Mohammed’s room in the ICU; his father, as always, was calm and supportive of his boy. Before the procedure, his father went downstairs and I stayed with Mohammed. He fell asleep as I brushed his hair with my fingers, and as he did so, I was so thankful that he was able to come here for treatment. At the same time, I am quite sad for the difficulty of his condition even after surgery.
So with that, please continue to pray for healing for him.