Today was our farewell party for Ahmed. There was a nice atmosphere and everyone enjoyed it. We decorated the room, ate a cake, watched a video with pictures of Ahmed, sang and shared our thoughts, wishes and blessings with Ahmed and his mother. Ahmed’s mom was very emotional and mentioned that we were like a family to her. We are very happy to hear that and feel very honored. Also, we are very happy for their departure and reuniting with family very soon, after almost three months.
Ahmed had to come to Sheba hospital today for another post-surgical echo to check his heart condition. As we were driving to the hospital, we were hoping with Ahmed’s mother that this could be his last echo.
When we arrived, Ahmed had his echo quickly and didn’t need to wait, but afterwards he had to wait for a long time for the doctor, due to my mistake (I forgot to give the paper of his ECG to the doctor, so he didn’t know that he had to see Ahmed). But as friendly as the doctors in the hospital always are, the doctor was willing to see us even though we were the last ones.
Thank God that the long waiting was worth it, because the doctor discharged Ahmed happily to Kurdistan. His lovely mother showed a lot of patience during the hours of waiting without complaining at all, and was very happy to hear the news and said “Thank you very much” in English to the doctor. Even though we are happy to spend the time with Ahmed and his mother at our community home in Jaffa, we want them to be reunited with their family as soon as possible so we are very grateful to God for this news.
Ahmed needs to have follow-up when he is back in Kurdistan, but for now there is no other treatment needed for Ahmed in Israel. Please pray for lovely next days and for smooth travel when they go.
Please be praying for lovely Ahmed in this time.
Ahmed had a T.E.E (transesophageal echo) at Sheba hospital today to get a better look at the location of a VSD near to his aortic valve. After the test, the doctors discharged Ahmed as he is in a very good condition and will return next week for a follow-up to monitor the residual hole, which we hope will close on its own without further intervention.
Ahmed’s mother has been really wonderful in every circumstance during her time in the hospital. I really thank God for Ahmed because he was discharged eight days after his operation, which is quite a quick recovery. Thank God for the hands of the doctors and nurses who treated him at Sheba hospital with the utmost care.
Beautiful Ahmed is doing very well. He was almost discharged today from Sheba hospital, but the cardiologist decided to perform a trans-esophageal echo tomorrow to check the proximity of a hole which is near to his aortic valve.
His mum is very willing to do anything for her boy, and isn’t phased at all about the small procedure tomorrow.
Please keep this little one in your prayers.
The doctor said today that these show good heart function. His mother is always a joy to be around and we are so happy for the progress of lovely Ahmed.
Prior to surgery, Ahmed was very calm, although he was fasting for a long time. An echocardiogram preceded Ahmed’s surgery. Ahmed’s mother held him until the doctor took him to the surgery room. She cried only a bit and you could see that she was worried for Ahmed, but on the other hand, was also looking forward to having the surgery completed for her son.
While we waited, I experienced once again how valuable it is for our Kurdish mothers to know each other in the hospital. Ahmed’s mother had the opportunity to talk to another mother who’s child was in the same situation as Ahmed just a few days before. It also felt good just to sit and be with Ahmed’s mother myself. She showed me pictures of her family and we called Ahmed‘s uncle who speaks English.
We’re thankful for this good surgery outcome today. Please continue to pray for Ahmed and his mother.
Today we had the first echo assessment for a new little one named Ahmed. He is a seven month old baby with Downs Syndrome from Kurdistan. He is the youngest of seven children. He is a very quiet boy and his mother is very kind.
His echo took about one and a half hours, with two Cardiologists and different technicians taking many assessment images to get a good picture of his heart. I encouraged the mother with the explanation that the doctors are taking their time to carefully do their best for Ahmed, and know exactly what he has.
It was a very beautiful moment to see an Israeli Arab doctor with an Israeli Jewish doctor, being assisted by a Russian Israeli technician, all in the same room, all performing the echo for this Kurdish boy.
The mother of Ahmed was very patient all the time. She happily met up with several other Kurdish mothers during her time in the hospital.