We pray that God goes with them, blesses them, and keeps His careful watch over little Rohat.
Luckily, the neurologist we saw today told us that Rohat is doing great. To be safe, Rohat still needs an ECG, but that’s something that can also be done in Kurdistan. So he and his mom are getting closer and closer to going home.
It was really nice to spend time with Rohat and his mother. I really like his mother, she’s always happy and in a good mood. Keep praying for these two and for the next appointment, which, God willing, will be Rohat’s last appointment in Israel.
Today Rohat had a pulmonary appointment. The reason for the appointment is that the doctors have been worried about his lungs; there were some troubles with the intubation in the ICU and Rohat was dependent on the ventilator for some time.
Our Coworker Moshe helped with the translation and after some questions and an examination, the doctor was content. First the doctor was a little worried about Rohat‘s oxygen level, but after the measurement, the result was very good as well: 100%.
The kind doctor explained to us, that Rohat is very small for his age and not very far developed. The reasons are the big procedures, huge surgeries and a long time is the ICU, which has a big impact in his development. Anyway, the doctor is optimistic and thinks Rohat can gain weight and more muscle now.
The doctor encouraged Rohat’s mother to really listen to her feelings and watch Rohat carefully for unusual breathing noises, and problems while eating. It was also suggested also not to hesitate and go to the pulmonary doctor with Rohat, as soon as there is any concern.
I enjoyed spending time with both of them in the hospital and hope that the next cardiac appointment (an echo) will go as well next week.
We ask for your prayer that Rohat will remain stable.
When we came to the Sheba hospital today we met Rohat’s mother in front of the ICU. She really wanted to know how her child is doing and what’s going on. So I went to ask a doctor and he told me that Rohat has a little fever and they did some tests to find out if he has a virus.
But overall Rohat’s condition is stable and we are very thankful that he is doing quite good. Thank you for praying for little Rohat and his strong mother in the hospital!
Please pray for a good solution for Rohat. Prayers for his mother also who continues in hospital, waiting on God and on each day for her little Rohat to come through this.
The doctor in the ICU said they are very pleased with Rohat’s surgery and recovery, and they plan to extubate him soon. Rohat had an echo this morning, and his cardiologist says it looks pretty good and she wants to do another echo tomorrow.
“I prayed and prayed for this,” Rohat’s mom told us in Kurdish with tears of joy in her eyes.“Every day I prayed and I didn’t know what would happen and the doctors didn’t know and you didn’t know. But God knew, he always knew.”
Indeed, God has not forgotten little Rohat, and he never will.
It was a big surprise to everyone this morning when the doctors came to take Rohat into the surgery to switch his arteries. His mother wasn’t expecting the surgery to be so soon, but she was glad that he wouldn’t have to wait any longer.
After six hours, the doctor arrived to tell us that the surgery went well and Rohat is stable. It was so good to see his mother’s relief and joy when I turned to her to translate the doctor’s report. “Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah,” she kept saying– “praise be to God.”
As with any major surgery, the next 48 hours are critical. Pray that Rohat will recover well, and thank God for a successful surgery!
Prayers for her to remain strong and courageous are appreciated.
Last night, Rohat started having some trouble breathing and the doctors at Sheba Hospital found a bit of fluid in his lungs. He may have a virus – again, so they took swabs and are waiting for results.
Rohat’s mother is really struggling with his situation right now. She seemed very discouraged when Doro and I visited her today, and she told me she’s worried about Rohat’s neurological state and disappointed that he won’t have his next surgery yet.
Today the results of this MRI scan have been discussed with Rohat’s mother. The neurologist said that Rohat’s neurological development is not in the condition of a normal three month old child, they suspected as much but confirmed it today. The doctors do not yet know if it is a temporary or permanent problem.
However, he has improved in the last two days. They still want to keep Rohat in the hospital and continue to monitor how he develops. It is important now to give him time and it needs to be silent in his room and not too much light. Rohat still needs to have his second heart surgery at around two months, but for now it is not urgent.
It was one of the first times today that I saw this cute boy awake after his surgery. He is a really sweet boy with beautiful eyes. His mother is a lovely and funny woman and is by Rohat’s side all the time as she doesn’t want to leave him alone. She is taking the best care of her beloved son. In general, she is a good-minded and it is nice to spend time with her. She is quite worried about Rohat’s neurological condition and therefore not so happy anymore.
Please pray for her to trust in God in the whole situation and for Rohat to recover well.
His mother was a bit worried because he cried all day yesterday and much of this morning, but the doctor in the ICU told me this is actually a good sign because it means he’s awake and responding normally.
Rohat is improving. The sedation medication will be decreased so that Rohat will be more awake. He also needs less oxygen and the doctors want to try to feed him today. Rohat’s other medication levels are also being a bit decreased.
All in all, everything is looking better than it was for little Rohat and the doctors are happy for this development. Rohat’s mom is also much relieved with Rohat’s improvement. Rohat will be ready for his second surgery soon hopefully.
Please pray for continuing improvement and for a successful upcoming surgery.
After beginning the operation, the doctors decided that the full transposition surgery was too dangerous for Rohat at this point. What was planned to be a one-stage correction of his condition, turned into a preparatory surgery in which the doctors placed a BT shunt and a band on the pulmonary artery to prepare Rohat’s heart for the big surgery. God willing, the second operation will take place within two weeks.
He is still fighting the virus, but the hospital is trying to extubate Rohat tomorrow and if he is able to breathe on his own, without needing oxygen, they will wait until he has recovered from the virus to have the surgery.
If he can’t breathe on his own, they want to attempt the needed surgery this week. Rohat’s mother is aware of the situation and keeps a positive outlook. She is adjusting well to the hospital and was joking a bit today. She seems to be a funny mother.
Please keep praying for her and her cute beloved son Rohat.
Rohat was given a chest x-ray today, other than that, there has not been much change for him.
Please pray for Rohat and pray for patience for Rohat’s mom who has been in the hospital one week now, and Rohat still not recovered from this virus yet.
Finally doctors at Sheba Children’s Hospital discovered what kind of virus Rohat has and are now able to treat him appropriately. The Virus is called RSV. The doctors are suggesting to postpone Rohat’s surgery until he overcomes the virus.
Please pray that Rohat is well very soon and for patience of his mother.
After running a couple of tests, the doctors think he has a virus. It will take a while for the body to heal from the virus, so they will keep Rohat intubated until the virus is gone.
The good news is that the heart is not worse then before. So there are no changes in that area, thank God.
Please pray for this little boy. And also for his mother who is very concerned.
Little Rohat was having some difficulty with his feeding and breathing while still in quarantine at our Jerusalem Guesthouse which became more acute during the evening on Friday.
Coworker Jonathan and I brought him and his worried mother to the Sheba Pediatric ER at about 7:00 Friday night, where Rohat was given thorough and immediate care in every quarter.
Please keep little Rohat in your prayers.
Rohat from Kurdistan just arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport and went to the hospital immediately with his mother today for his initial assessment. He had an appointment for an echo so that the doctors can make the decision about the next steps.
Rohat is stable and will have a surgery, but we don’t know the date yet. His mother was very tired from the journey by plane, but she seems very friendly and I’m looking forward to spending more time with her together after their quarantine in our Guesthouse in Jerusalem.