Please pray for Mohammed’s situation and for his aunt. Thank the Lord that he is stable for now.
This morning at Sheba hospital, little Mohammed had a successful second surgery to correct the transposition of his great arteries. The surgery lasted several hours. Directly after, I was able to speak with two doctors and a nurse, all of whom gave the same optimistic report: the surgery was successful and Mohammed is stable and doing very well, though still sedated and needing intubation.
I had to wait for co-worker Julio, a Kurdish speaker, to arrive to translate the full report for Mohammed’s aunt, but I was able to tell her everything was “zor bash — very good!” She began to cry and kept repeating, “Hamdullah, hamdullah! — praise God!.”
While Mohammed was in surgery, I was able to spend much of the time sitting with his aunt, who was very nervous and eager for news. She has had quite a difficult time in the hospital being the only Kurdish speaker in the ICU, and I was grateful for other Kurdish parents also in the hospital, who stopped by and helped with translating updates from the doctors.
Praise God for a successful operation, and please pray that Mohammed will remain stable and make a full recovery.
It is a day after the surgery of Mohammed. Today Georgia and I came by at the ICU to see how he and his aunt are doing. The aunt welcomed us warmly with a hug. It is hard for her that she can’t speak with anyone because she is the only Kurdish woman in the ICU, so she was glad that Georgia was able to tell her how Mohammed is doing.
The doctor said that Mohammed is doing well. Of course we have to wait and see how his body will react to the surgery and if the organs will adjust to the changes. He needs a lot of haemodynamic support right now, but he is slowly improving over the day.
Thank God for this news. Please pray that the situation will stay stable and that he will improve everyday.
His aunt, Mohammed and I needed to wait for the appointment, which meant Mohammed slept in the car and in the waiting room, but at the end of our wait and also during the X-Ray, he cried a lot. His aunt is very attentive with him.
Mohammed is just one month and twenty-three days old; he and his lovely aunt came to Sheba hospital today for his first assessment. The echo confirmed his transposition of the great arteries, but he is on the edge of turning two months so there is not yet a clear decision regarding the need for a two-stage repair or just the one ‘switch’ surgery.