As we left the hospital, Mohammed and his mother said goodbye to all of the staff who had become their friends. They pointed to almost every nurse, doctor or nursing assistant we saw and commented on how wonderful they were. This was amazing to see the impression they left on each other’s lives.
Co-workers Julio and Margarita spent some time with Mohammed and his mother today. They all took a stroll down to the lobby of the cardiac building where there was a man playing piano. Any time spent with Mohammed and his mum is a beautiful time. Please be in prayer for this young man – may he have a full life ahead of him, one of joy and laughter.
It was another nice waiting time for me spent with Mohammed and his lovely mother. She maintains a lovely attitude in the whole situation and isn’t afraid at all. She keeps saying she knows Mohammed’s problem is quite difficult, but that there is no problem greater then God.
Mohammed came out of his catheterization after one hour so it was really quick and his mother and I kept looking for him in the recovery area where they usually bring the patients after their procedures. We couldn’t find him there, but shortly after, Mohammed’s mother received a phone call from him saying that he is back in his room.
That was a funny moment because we didn’t expect that. We ended up going to the room and found him wide awake and in a happy mood, already saying that he is hungry and wants to eat something. It was nice to spend some time with him and his mother afterwards and to get to know them more. They both keep having a patient, wonderful attitude towards the whole situation.
Please join me in prayer that it might continue like that until the doctors have made a decision about his treatment.
He was a little bit anxious because the metal shield was so heavy on his chest. He was moving sometimes, but at the end was a very good patient. After we finished, he rested a little bit and we went back to the cardiac adult unit.
Please, let’s keep praying for him and his strong mother, who takes care of him all the time.
Mohammed told us he is very tired because of his heart, and he cannot walk for a long time anymore. He is sad about that, although he seems very grateful and happy about the help he is receiving here in Israel, at Sheba hospital, through the ministry of Shevet Achim.
He also told us about his resuscitation, at least three times in his history, before he came to Israel. It was very interesting and remarkable to listen to him.
Mohammed Latif may get tested tomorrow so his doctors can decide if and what operation is necessary. Please pray for this.
Today was diagnostic catheterization day at Sheba hospital for Mohammed. The procedure took around one and a half hours. Medical staff must now exam results of the cath and decide how best to treat Mohammed.
His mother and I spent the waiting time together, talking and laughing, drinking tea and strolling outside.
Mohammed woke promptly from the cath medication. He was joking and saying that he was hungry because he had to fast before the catheterization. Please continue to keep this young man in your prayers.
Mohammed is still awaiting his catheterization. It was tentatively today, but was moved further to Thursday. Tomorrow he will finish being in quarantine, which will make it a little bit easier to schedule him.
We also talked more about Mohammed’s and his mother’s life in Kurdistan. Mohammed is a very talented singer! I also thought much of the story of how Mohammed and his mother met Jonathan, which then led to their ability to come to Israel for treatment which wouldn’t have otherwise been possible. They said they met on an airplane. I thought of a phrase I’ve heard in Kurdish which means “How beautiful is the work of God,” that these three people happened to be connected by the same flight.
Mohammed is a different patient compared to the ones we usually see here; he is 33 years old. He has had two previous surgeries to help his heart defect, but as he grows older, his condition has worsened, and he is in heart failure. The doctors at Sheba hospital in Israel have agreed to receive him for a risky surgery, which could be the last chance to save his life.
Mohammed has been in and out of hospital in Kurdistan, sometimes needing draining procedures for the fluid in his stomach. He has had to give up his work, and this is the hope for his family that he will be able to have healing in Israel.
For months, there has been difficult and strong communications with the Israeli interior ministry, as we worked consistently to get a visa for Mohammed, who is no longer a child. Thankfully, they made the exception and granted this man and his mother their visas and their permissions to enter Israel.
On the day they were due to travel two weeks ago, Mohammed tested positive for corona virus and their trip was therefore delayed again. All the timings are in the hands of God, and so according to His plan, today was the day for Mohammed and his mother to arrive to Israel.
They went immediately to the hospital upon arrival, and experienced the care of the Israelis, thoroughly carrying out their full assessments to ensure Mohammed has the best quality care they can give, as they faithfully do with every patient.
We will know more about the plan for surgery for Mohammed as the week continues. Please pray for peace as he and his mother settle into this unfamiliar country and negotiate this highly stressful situation. Please also pray over Mohammed’s surgery and health, asking for God’s best for his life.