Osama's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

First Assessments - Check!

Posted on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 19:03 by Mattias Hojlund

Today Osama and his father went with the other new families to the hospital to get the initial assessments. Going as a big group like this meant some waiting on one another, but Osama took it really well. Like a lion, his father says. 

Osama was watching Tarzan on the tv, while the doctors did some of the test and he didn't seem to mind them scanning his body and moving him around. The sound of his heart from the monitor drove his attention away from the screen and his eyes became big.  

While waiting for the others, Osama and his father did some drawings and folded paper planes and flew around with them in the hall. Osama even made a new friend, a kid in the hall to whom he threw the paper plane. 

The doctors say that it looks like his surgery will be a standard procedure, and we'll know more about that in the near future.

Osama and his father are really a nice duo and we enjoy having them here at Shevet. Please join us in praying for them and the process further on. 

Welcome to Israel, Osama!

Posted on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 17:11 by Mattias Hojlund

On my very first work day at Shevet, I had the honour to drive with Ruth to the airport and pick up the 3 new families. We arrived early and the flight was delayed so the excitement was building as we waited. When they arrived it was really joyful. Osama is the name of one of the boys, who arrived with his father. He was waving and smiling when we took pictures, both with him alone, him and his father and the whole group together. It was obviously a big experience for him (and his father) to be in Israel. His father is very talkative, and eager to speak English. I don't know much Kurdish, so we made a deal that he will teach me Kurdish and I will teach him English. He brought cake and juice, and he was really helpful when we were loading the luggage in the car. 

When we arrived at the house in Jaffa the fathers began settling in while I played with Osama and Aland, the other newly-arrived boy, who is almost the same age as Osama. We were laughing and the boys were quickly fitting in and having fun. They are blessed to have each other as playmates so far away from home. 

After lunch the two boys and their fathers went to the beach with me. The sun was shining and it was a really beautiful day. I don't know if Osama has ever seen the ocean, but he was obviously very excited about the waves and the sandy beach. We hung out at the beach for a while and talked while Osama and Aland were playing in the sand.

Tomorrow, Osama will go to the Wolfson medical center to get his initial assessments and we'll find out more about what the doctors can do for him. 

Osama Coming to Israel

Posted on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 00:19 by jonathan

Four-year-old Osama has been waiting nearly a year to come to Israel for surgery to correct his combination of heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot. His visa has now been approved and he is scheduled to travel on January 2, 2017, God willing.

Osama lives with his two brothers and two sisters in a lovely town near the mountains in northern Iraq. Without surgery, he is at risk of dying at any time; with successful surgery, he can expect to have a normal life.