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.
His doctor does not believe he has the congenital defect in his intestines based on the multiple tests they have done on little Mohammed. But his stomach swelling still remains an issue, so please pray for Mohammed and also for the doctors as they go about how to best treat him in this time.
His oxygen levels were in the 40 % range without oxygen, so we asked his family to please keep him on oxygen all the time. After he was cradled in his mother’s arms with oxygen support, his oxygen levels slowly started to improve.
We sat in their home together with his family and cousins, drinking tea and exchanging stories. Mohammed’s family had to move from near Mosul to Zakho Iraqi Kurdistan due to ISIS.
At birth, Mohammed was given three months to live. However Mohammed has far surpassed this expectancy. His family has hope for him in Israel.
With our portable oxygen concentrator, we took Mohammed to an echo and to get a corona test in Kurdistan, as well as get to know his family more. The local cardiologist reiterated the severity of his heart condition and wished us safe travels as we left. Mohammed was diagnosed with a heart condition called Double Outlet Right Ventricle. His heart is even on the other side of his little body.