Hussein's Heart Surgery


Internal Pacemaker Implanted Today

Posted on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker


Hussein enjoys his final meal and some fun activities before going to the operating room for the second time. After two weeks of waiting for his heart to regain its beat on its own, doctors have decided to remove the external pacemaker (in foreground) and replace it with a small internal pacemaker.

Hussein is at peace with the decision but Hussein's mother is troubled and worried about what the future may hold for her precious son. Although the decision was not an easy one to make, the doctors said it was necessary for Hussein's survival. The problem for Hussein's mother is that she lives right smack dab in the middle of a war-torn region, located in the heart of Iraq. To make matters worse, the battery in this pacemaker must be replaced every three years. This fact has been causing sleepless nights for mom, who cannot see how it will ever be possible to afford the expense of travel and time to have this done every three years. After the surgery Hussein's mother explains to Autumn and Elly that her son is in much pain and discomfort and again expresses her deep concern for her son's well being. Reassurance, encouragement and consolation are all part of the personal care of the Shevet team. Autumn and Elly explained in Arabic the necessity of the decision made by the doctors, and reassured her that God is able to make provision for her son's long-term treatment.

Though each case is unique, one thing remains the same and true; the God of Abraham, and the God of all of his descendants, is able to do exceedingly more than all we could think or ask. Let's take Him at his word and share the good news!


Released from Hospital

Posted on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 00:00 by Gigi


Hussein posed with his friend Sarah while they were getting ready to leave the hospital last Friday. Hussein is now staying at the Save A Child's Heart house located near the hospital. His next echocardiogram is scheduled for Monday. He said he hopes to come back to Jerusalem soon so he can wear the Berg kids' Spider-Man suit.