Mohammed's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Saying Goodbye to Mohammed

Posted on Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:13 by Jesse Tilman

"Rejoice, young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity." Ecclesiastes 11:9-10

It was finally time to say goodbye to young Mohammed. After many turns and movements in his story here in Israel, we were able to send them off to Kurdistan with more light and understanding in their lives. 

The news of Mohammed's stay here was of course that he didn't end up needing surgery! What the echocardiograms in Iraq showed of the heart problems either healed or didn't show up on the machines here. Did God heal him? Was it a result of the prayers on his behalf? We're just glad that he's doing well and continue to pray also for his neurological development.
He's not quite at the mental level of kids his age. The doctor wanted to understand this better with an MRI scan, but it would take some more time. 
His guardian did want to fly out with the other families last week and so decided not to wait for an MRI head scan. So we had a large farewell party with lots of videos and children getting ready to leave. Mohammed enjoyed the songs and special foods. His guardian was thankful for the kind words and memories shared.
I remember Mohammed as a perky toddler that didn't like to sit still. If you stood him up he would be walking off with hands outstretched to find something. If you sat him down he would start speaking how he could or scoot over to what he wanted to play with. Sometimes he would get so tired out, he would just fall asleep in your arms.
Going up to Jerusalem, he enjoyed seeing the diversity of people there and hearing the thriving life in the bazaar store fronts. He had a wide-eyed way of looking around, taking it all in and not wanting to miss a thing. I think he will grow up with a zest for life!

Neurology Appointment

Posted on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 01:00 by Jesse Tilman

We came for Mohammed's neurologic appointment today and got to see the doctor. He assessed Mohammed's development.

Mohammed is able to walk, but not stand up or sit down by himself so far. He speaks only a few words and understand his mother's requests. His motor skills are not smooth.
The doctor recommended an MRI, or if not possible, a CT scan of the head. We will find out how soon his appointment can be made and then get back to the neurology doctor for further discussion.
Since Mohammed did not have to have heart surgery, his case is a little different. We hope to send him home in better condition than when he came, though, with better knowledge of or help with his mental processes. 
He did well throughout the day, only crying a few times. His guardian hopes to travel with some of our other families leaving soon. Lord willing this will happen!

Today's Investigations

Posted on Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:37 by Coby van Wijhe

Today Mohammed had several appointments in the hospital. Mohammed's sternum is pushed inward, therefore there was a consultation planned with the doctor. Before we could see the doctor we had to wait a long time. The secretary wanted to have the confirmation that the bill will be paid. Although we know it will be paid by Shevet, they just can't help you unless it's confirmed. The pulmonary physician spent a lot of time with us asking many questions.

I phoned one of our Kurdish mom's who speaks very good English and Kurdish and she was of great help. The doctor was not worried about his sternum. She said we see it more now, and when he gets bigger it will be less. She listened to the lungs but found no problem. They took some blood and they did a chest X-ray.

Then we went back to the cardiac ward for an ECG and saw the cardiologist. In Kurdistan the cardiologists sent Mohammed to Israel because of heart rythm disorder and possibly in need of an ablation. But the cardiologist didn't see any abnormality. So it looks like he has a healthy heart and lungs. Praise the Lord. Mom had also some concerns about his motorical development. Mohammed can't sit down or get up on his own. Mom needs to help him while he is already almost two and a half year. His walking is fine. Next week he will have an appointment with the neurologist. We are pleased that these possibilities are available while being here. During the time of waiting Mohammed was happy. He was playing, walking around and it's good to see that he has an adventuring spirit. But during the appointments he cried a lot. Mom tried to comfort him while breastfeeding.

She is a sweet calm and supportive mother. Thank you Lord that his health looks better than expected. Praying that the reason of his motorical problem will be found.


First Echo

Posted on Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:26 by Nate Geer

Mohammed started off the day in a much better mood than yesterday.
He was having a grand time in the waiting room giggling and pretending to drive his train.

But his high spirits were immediately dashed when his mom tried to take off his shirt for the echo examination. He was crying up such a storm that the doctor decided the only way to get a thorough look at his heart was by sedating him. Giving little kids IVs is never an easy task, and this time it was especially traumatic for the mom, who did not know what was going on and could only watch her son cry.

Another Kurdish woman in the hospital who spoke Arabic as as well as Kurdish heard what was going on and came over to explain that that Mohammed was OK, we were only giving him medications.

After all the chaos and sacrifice to make this long odyssey to Israel,  the echo and ECG were both completely clear, the doctors could not find any problems!
There will be a follow up appointment sometime next week where they will do a CT scan to be absolutely sure. It was so good to see the mothers joy on receiving the news! 

The Lord is in the Details

Posted on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:07 by Nate Geer

Two more precious families arrived in Israel  from Kurdistan this morning, and even though their plane was almost half an hour early, nobody had to wait and the timing was perfect! It is always so encouraging to see God's hand at work organizing even the most mundane details. 

My coworker Kristina from Denmark  and I saw them walking out as soon as we sat down at the arrival hall so Jesse who was driving for us did not even have to pay for parking. 

 At first, Mohammed was very cranky and did not want to see anyone except for his tired mother. He cheered up pretty quickly though after some time relaxing in the van.  
Even though he was initially fussy and reserved, I think he will be a gregarious little guy because after only a few minutes in the house, he was playing with the other mothers and pretending to blow the thermometer like a trumpet! 
He was very excited to speak with his dad on the phone when we got back to the Shevet house.