Mohammed's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Farewell, Mohammed!

Posted on Sun, 11/04/2018 - 22:44 by Coby van Wijhe
Last Thursday afternoon we had the farewell party for Mohammed and his mom. The room was nicely decorated with balloons and garland. This time we did it differently - not with a meal but with soft drinks, cakes, biscuits and salty snacks. There was a very good atmosphere. The Kurdish moms taught us a Kurdish dance. Mohammed and his girlfriend Noor were having a happy time too.
They were playing with balloons, clapping and dancing too. Many friendly words were shared and little presents were given to Mom. Mom was very thankful for all the support she received from us. She was a very pleasant member of the community and Mohammed is such a lovely, enthusiastic and happy boy.
This afternoon Ben and I brought them to the airport. Although Mom is happy to go home, she also found it hard to say goodbye. The Shevet community with the Kurdish moms have been her family for the last couple of months. Noor will miss her playmate and roommate. Noor's grandmother was also very attached to Mohammed's mom. 

At the airport things were going smoothly. After we had a drink together and explained their journey to Erbil, we also had to say goodbye to them. May God bless them and bring them safely back to their loved ones!
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil]." Proverbs 18:10 
we always sing this verse from a song to the families who are leaving. My prayer is that our Lord will be a strong tower to this family.


Posted on Wed, 10/24/2018 - 10:00 by Sophie Harvie

We arrived late in the afternoon for Mohammed's MRI which he required in order for doctors to assess his residual muscular function following his 3 surgeries he had when he was a young baby in Kurdistan. 

We had an unexpectedly long wait for Mohammed's MRI. For any 18 month old a long wait can be challenging but adding into that the fact Mohammed had to fast most of the day in order to be sedated this would ordinarily be quite an ordeal.

However, Mohammed was full of joy whilst we waited. We played many games together and he was so delightfully engaging including all of the adults around him in his play. He played for 3 hours very contented. Praise the Lord.

Mohammed was a little groggy when he came round from his anaesthetic. The radiologist reported that the imaging had gone well and that he will write up the findings tomorrow.

Another Good Echo

Posted on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:21 by Malene Stoltenberg

Today we took Mohammed to the hospital for a follow up echo. Quickly, we were showed to the room for the echo – Mohammed, who is always very happy and playful, was very sad about having an echo, and his mother did everything to cheer him up. She ended up lying next to him on the bed for echo feeding him with chips and showing him funny movies – what a great job. As soon as the echo was done Mohammed again was very playful and happy.

 We had to wait for a long time to talk with the doctor, but Mohammed had a great time playing at the playground of the hospital with his mother and some other children. Finally, the doctor was ready, and speaking in Arabic he told the mother that Mohammed’s heart looked very fine and only needed one more follow up in Kurdistan! 

Praise the lord. Mohammed can now return to Kurdistan as soon as he will finish the surgery for the imperforated anus. He is now waiting for a MRI to give more information about the anus surgery. Please pray for good results of the MRI and give thanks for the great results of today!

Appointment Day

Posted on Mon, 10/08/2018 - 22:24 by Coby van Wijhe
Today I took Mohammed with his Mom to the hospital for an appointment. Mohammed was very happy in the car. He is a happy boy. This time it was not because of his heart. Mohammed has an imperforated anus. It is a birth defect. He had already an operation in Kurdistan but there were still many problems. Being in Israel Mom wanted some advice about this problem. The doctor who did the examination was a bit shocked by what he saw and called another doctor for advice. 
The operation of the anus was not well performed in Kurdistan. It's not at the right position and the doctors wondered if the muscle of the anus is functioning as it should be. He wanted first an MRI scan about the muscle and to see about the visibility of replacement of the location. He explained to the mother that it will be a big operation. Mom was very sad to hear this. She didn't expect this and needed so time to think about it. On our way home Mohammed cried a lot and was very tired. As soon as Mom took him in her arms he fell a sleep. 
May Mom and Mohammed feel the arms of our heavenly Father around them at this time of uncertainty. 

Good News!

Posted on Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:27 by Luzma Velasquez

Today we went to Mohammed’s first check-up after surgery and we had very good news - praise the Lord! They checked his heart, which sounded very good, he has gained weight, and his heart rate was perfect.

For him it is quite a bad time to go to the hospital. He cried every time we went into a checking room. He’s been through a lot and he doesn’t want to be checked again! Poor thing! With his mom, we played and sang to him trying to calm him. It was only the bubbles from a lady in the hospital that helped him calm down a little bit and then they could finish his exam!

After all that we waited for the doctor to tell us about results, while we waited he played with the toys and stuff they have for kids and he was very happy enjoying everything, it was so nice to see him laugh and be happy after all that crying!

The doctor gave us very good news: Mohammed is recovering very fast, his heart is doing fine and he even lowered his daily medicine. Mom was extremely happy! She went out from the doctors room to call her husband and tell him the good news! We were all very happy to see his improvement.

We praise and thank God for this great recovery and ask Him to continue help Mohammed be healed for good.

Back to Shevet

Posted on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:14 by Johanna Ebert

"Hospital challahs, back home" - that was how Mohammed’s mum welcomed us, as we entered Sheba hospital today. And really, the doctor confirmed the good news about Mohammed’s discharge. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough seats in our car to take him home right away and also the doctor needed more time to write his report. 

That meant for Mohammed a few hours of waiting. Thankfully he got some distraction, one of them was a hospital clown. Mohammed was really fascinated from the bursting bubbles, as you can see in the picture. 

Finally we could take him and his mum home, where our other families already were waiting for them. Next week we have to go back to the hospital for a follow-up echo, but until then we’ll enjoy having both around at Shevet.

Our Active Mohammed

Posted on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 21:48 by Svea Conzelmann

On Sunday we visited Mohammed and his mom at the secondary ICU. Seeing him being active and full of energy, like we experienced him before the surgery, filled our hearts with joy! He walked, ran, played and spoke. So, the surgery went well and his heart is strong again. His mother seemed to be very happy and content about his condition. But she is also looked exhausted and tired. He has some pain with an aftermath of the surgery. That’s the reason why he is not even-tempered and cries often. Please, pray for him and his mother. May she will get more sleep the following days and receive strength again.

Surgery Day

Posted on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 23:04 by Taylor Brookman

Sophie, Noa, Lisa, and I went to Sheba hospital today. This was my first day being here at Shevet Achim and it was such an exciting and eye-opening experience.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mohammed's mother. Mohammed was finally able to receive surgery and the doctors said that the procedure went very well. He will be extubated today and will likely have his drains taken out over the next few days. His mother was a bit overwhelmed to see all the tubes coming out after his surgery but was so pleased to hear that the surgery had gone well.

Please keep Mohammed in your prayers as the Lord continues to strengthen him. 

Admitted for Surgery

Posted on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:44 by Georgia Willcocks
Noa was able to deliver the news to Mohammed's mum today, that the hospital have asked for him to be brought in ahead of surgery tomorrow. She has waited patiently  for this all week. Mohammed was a lovely boy during the car journey. He has such a sweet little voice, starting to chat away to his mum.
Mohammed joined two of the other babies he had travelled on the plane with, in secondary ICU. It seems good for the families to have some familiar faces around, and some shared language.
Robyn will call the ICU first thing in the morning to find out what time they plan for his surgery to be. Let's keep him in our prayers for a good surgical outcome. 

Welcome to Israel!

Posted on Sun, 08/26/2018 - 05:52 by Sophie Harvie

Mohammed arrived in Israel on Friday and after a long day of travel and some lost baggage both him and his mother were pleased to make it back to the Shevet apartment. Mohammed is 20 months old and already has a great character. He has fantastic light up shoes which guide his steps and he enjoys climbing and running.

It was a busy introduction to Sheba today for young Mohammed and his mother. The cardiology department was beaming with our Shevet community and this was wonderful to see. I think it made Mohammed's mum feel like she has a good network of people around her in Israel here to support her and care for her. 

We were really blessed to have Dr Fitoon from Kurdistan with us today to support with translation of Mohammed's medical history which is quite complicated. The Sheba team were really sensitive to Mohammed's needs and are looking at ways they can support Mohammed both with his heart condition and the residual problems associated with a medical condition he had as a baby.

Mohammed had an echo, ECG and bacterial swabs taken today which he found quite distressing. Please pray for his continued care and that he is given Jesus' peace to endure his future hospital visits. He will return to hospital tomorrow to meet with the general surgeon before having further appointments with the cardiology team.