Yaqoob's Heart Surgery

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Heart Surgery At Last

Posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 00:01 by Co-authored

Today's blog was co-authored by Shevet volunteers Candace and Carey Gregg, and by Liliyah Semenyuk.

Carey and Candace write

Playful Yaqoob to Surgery Thursday

Posted on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 21:04 by Jonathan Miles

Yaqoob's treatment began Tuesday with an interventional catheterization to start treating his multiple heart defects. When Michelle, Zak and I visited him in the evening we found Yaqoob well enough recovered to take intense interest in a Gameboy.

Thursday morning Yaqoob will be taken to surgery and our coworkers will be on hand from the early morning to support Yaqoob and his grandmother through the day. Please join us in praying and we'll have a full report online Thursday evening.

Mr. Cool Getting Settled In At Sheba Hospital

Posted on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 23:31 by Candace Gregg

Today was an exciting day, and a day for a lot of patience! It was such a blessing that the doctor at Sheba asked Yaqoob to be admitted only one day after his first echo. Once we arrived at the hospital in Tel Aviv, we waited for a long, long time going through paper work and talking to nurses and the doctor, and getting turned around many times in the maze of hallways. Hours after we arrived at the hospital, we were finally taken for Yaqoob to have x-rays, then at last to his room.

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Yaqoob and His Grandmother Reach Jerusalem

Posted on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 11:57 by Co-authored

(This blog was co-authored by Shevet volunteers Mary in Amman, and Ryan in Jerusalem.)

Mary writes from Amman:

Yaqoob and his grandmother have now left Amman and have arrived in Jerusalem. We had a pleasant visit with him and his grandmother in Amman. She shared with Jonathan that she has eleven daughters, five of whom are married. She seems to be a wonderful grandmother and seems to have a close relationship with Yaqoob. I know she's a lady with compassion and a servant

Yaqoob Arrives, Serious and Hopeful

Posted on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 22:35 by Jonathan Miles

11-year-old Yaqoob reached Amman today, greeted by Mary and me on the first leg of his journey to a new life. I found Yaqoob to be serious for a boy his age, but still with a ready smile. Tonight we're stopping at our Amman office before traveling to Jerusalem tomorrow. This gave opportunity for some table tennis and dart throwing:

Even these simple activities left Yaqoob gasping for air and needing to sit down after a few minutes. When I showed him how to hold the tennis paddle I noticed his thumbs are clubbed and extremely blue from the long-term lack of oxygen, and his hands are icy cold. 

I'm thankful that surgery can send more oxygen into his blood, and more hope into his heart. Tonight we sat with his grandmother and looked through the story of Asma, a girl about his age who had surgery at the start of the week. I believe it was encouraging to Yaqoob.