Mohammed's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Successful Surgery Day for Mohammed

Posted on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 20:15 by Eilin Midtbo

Mohammed has intrigued me since I first met him here at Shevet Achim. His personality and his mannerisms are so enjoyable to watch. Sometimes he can be funny and joking around and at other times so serious when he is listening to a story. I love watching him walk around with his hands on his hips, looking at what is going on. In many ways he has the looks of a grown man, but he is just a bit smaller in size.

Today I got to be at the hospital during his surgery. It turned out to be a long but good day. Ruth, Linn and I arrived early at the hospital and found that they had already taken Mohammed down to the pre-operation waiting room, and so we went to find him. Ruth was able to go in and be with Mohammad and his mother while he was getting ready. He was able to talk with his father on the phone, and also joke around a little bit before the seriousness began. 

It was a very emotional time for his mother when she had to leave him behind and I was so grateful that we were able to be there as a support for her during this time. The four of us walked slowly down to the beach and spent some time there. While we were walking, Mohammad's mother told her husband on the phone that she was not alone because she was with three sisters.  What an honor to be called her sister, and to be able to be there for her during this time. We had a quiet time, talking, watching the waves and praying for Mohammad and his mother. 

When we returned to the hospital we still had a couple of hours of waiting time. Mohammad's mother was very emotional during this time as we were waiting, staring down the long hallway hoping to see his bed coming around the corner.  Finally a doctor who passed by told us that the surgery was finished and that they would bring him out in about 30 minutes. We were all so relieved and the next 45 minutes went by easily knowing that he would be out soon. We got a quick glimpse of him before he was taken into the ICU. Then followed another long wait before we could actually get in and see him for a few minutes. It was good to see him even though he looked so fragile, his tiny body surrounded by tubes and needles. I could have stayed there for hours just watching him. The doctors said that the surgery was complicated. They were able to close the hole between the two ventricles of his heart, but the repair of the aortic valve was not complete. The resultant residual valve leak may need additional surgery this week, but his condition is stable and he does not appear to be in immediate danger. Please pray for Mohammed that the Lord will continue heal his heart, and that his road to recovery will be good.

In Good Time

Posted on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 21:53 by Johanna Magnusson

Today, we went to the hospital ready to support Mohammed and his mother on surgery day. While we sat in the car on the way to the hospital, I tried to let it all sink in. The thought that this small, lively and funny six years old boy would be anesthetized and have his chest opened was startling. When Kristina, Sophie and I arrived at the hospital a nurse told us that the presiding surgeon who would perform Mohammed

Mohammed Admitted to Wolfson

Posted on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 21:13 by Ruth Zellweger

Today has been a special day in many ways. It is not only the Resurrection Day of our Lord, but also the day that Mohammed was admitted to the hospital for his open heart surgery on Tuesday. Before we left for the hospital, Mohammed and his mother joined our whole Shevet community plus 20 guests from Italy for a picnic lunch in the park. Mohammed played happily with the other children and some of our volunteers. Before we send off a child for their admission for surgery, we usually gather around him and his mother and pray for them. Today our Italian friends blessed precious Mohammed and his mother for the coming days and weeks. During the time at the park Mohammed

Mohammed's Journey Begins

Posted on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 21:42 by Jesse Tilman

Mohammed had his initial assessments and echo done today. All went well and confirmed what we already knew about his heart. In addition to his VSD (ventricular septal defect), he needs a valve repair to ensure that oxygenated blood only flows to his body and non-oxygenated blood only flows back to the lungs.

His mother

A Kind Young Man Crosses Into Israel

Posted on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 21:13 by Kelsey Cannon

When I saw Mohammed for the first time, I had to look back at his medical report in order to remind myself of his age. This process repeated itself several times. He has to be the smallest six-year-old I have ever seen. It seems that his heart condition has severely stunted his growth. But his height is almost an afterthought now. For one of the most noticeable things about Mohammed is his kindness.  

In the airport before baggage check-in, and afterwards in baggage claim, Mohammed considered it his honor to help his mother with their bags. It was quite a sight. Mohammed only let his mother carry her purse, while he quite impressively wheeled a suitcase of his own stature with great dignity. From this and their other interactions, it is very clear that he is an attentive and dutiful son. 

Let us keep this wonderful boy and his mother in our prayers as they make their way to Israel today to begin Mohammed

Soon and Very Soon

Posted on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 15:14 by Kelsey Cannon

The aorta is the literal lifeline of oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. One simply cannot do without it. What would happen if it wore out or stopped functioning properly? That