Mohammed's Heart Surgery


Six Months and Eight Kilos Later

Posted on Sun, 03/14/2010 - 06:49 by Jonathan Miles
March 14, 2010
A visit to Iraq this week found Mohammed turning out to be a fine young gentleman. His father boasts that he has put on eight kilograms (17 pounds) in the six months since he returned from Israel!


Posted on Sat, 08/22/2009 - 07:49 by Jonathan Miles
Turned away by surgeons in Baghdad, Iran, Turkey, and even at one of Israel's leading heart centers--how thankful we are that Mohammed was able to have both surgeries he needed at the Wolfson Medical Center, and returned home to Iraq today completely healed. He's grown much in love and grace during the four months we've been together, and his last thought at the airport today was of the friends he's left behind among our staff in Jerusalem. Follow this link to have a look.

Time to Celebrate!

Posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 07:49 by Emily_Brooks

Today Mohammed and his father entered the hospital with their bright and smiling faces knowing that if all went well, today would be Mohammed's last echocardiogram! Mohammed seemed nervous a few times during the echo when the doctor seemed to pause in one place for a while, thinking that there might be an additional complications with his heart. However, everything went very smoothly, and the doctor said that his heart looked wonderful! We celebrated this news with 3 shekel ice cream - yum! Mohammed and his father will be leaving Jerusalem tomorrow, heading back to their home and family in Iraq. We are all in awe of the grace and goodness that God has shown in this little boy's life! Please continue to pray for his family as they head home.


A Happy Echo

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 07:49 by Donna_Petrel
Mohammed went today for what is believed to be his second to last echo before he can return home. While this is great news, both he and his father were hoping that somehow this would be the very last echo in Israel, so they were somewhat subdued at first. But after a few minutes the joy of realization came through that perhaps as soon as ten days from now, they will return home at last. Abu Mohammed continues to be so attentive about every detail of Mohammed's care and is filled with thanks. He also assists the other moms with translation and other matters concerning help for the chldren. Now the countdown begins for their final departure, and we all want to make it count and fill it with good things for them. Please pray with us as we enjoy the coming days together.

Celebrating the Miracles

Posted on Wed, 08/12/2009 - 07:49 by Donna_Petrel

This evening our Jerusalem staff and all of our families went to a local park to celebrate with a picnic the miraculous reality that Mohammed, Akram, Hindereen and Sidra are all finished with their surgeries. In each case there have been extreme challenges, and for Akram and Mohammed, apart from the Save A Child's Heart doctors, they would have had no chance at a heart surgery and a full life.

The families are all very grateful to God as well, and to the doctors and nurses at Wolfson, and to all of us who have helped make their surgeries possible. We thank God for all these lives and the investment of His lovingkindness which has been made while they've been with us this far.

Good Echo Result Today

Posted on Thu, 08/06/2009 - 01:00 by Maddison_Verdecia
Mohammed is recovering well after his most recent surgery. Today we went along with Mohammed and his father to have an echo done and remove some sutures from his chest, and the nurses and doctor say he is doing wonderfully. They want to see him back in one week for another echo, and Mohammed and dad are really looking forward to going back to Iraq very soon. Thank you for your continued prayers for this family.

Mohammed Checks Out

Posted on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 07:49 by Maddison_Verdecia

Today Mohammed and Hindereen were both able to return to the house in Jerusalem! After being tested for swine flu and being monitored for their fevers, they were both in good enough condition to come home. They were given preventative antibiotics because of the incidents of swine flu that have occurred in the ward, and they will return for a check up on Thursday.

In the waiting room Justin, Robin and I were able to hang out and play with the excited kids and parents. Mohammed and his father were there, also Hindereen and his grandmother, Deya and her mother, and even Akram came out of ICU to come and say hello with his mother! 

Mohammed and Justin had a fun time! They played around and made lots of faces, you could tell Mohammed was excited to be with him, and eager to come home. They were making silly faces, and Mohammed told us he wants to be a teacher when he grows up!

We had fun playing around until we all got in the cars and returned happily home.

Mohammed Back to Hospital

Posted on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

We brought Mohammed and Hindereen to Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv last night after we discovered they both were running a fever. After the urgent problem with Sidra that morning and the hospital informing us that a large number of the children there were also suffering from an unknown fever or virus we did not want to take any risks. Mohammed's temperature seems to be fluctuating up and down between normal and fever levels while Hindereen's temperature was consistently very high. The entire children's ward is being tested to find out if it is some bug going around the hospital and who has it, the results are expected to be in tomorrow morning. Thankfully, a complication with their heart surgeries has been ruled out. At the last report Mohammed and Hindereen were both doing better than they were last night, exhibiting no symptoms apart from an elevated temperature, and pending the results of the testing, could be released as early as tomorrow.

Mohammed Leaves Hospital

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 01:00 by Maddison_Verdecia
Mohammad was discharged today! Only five short days after his second open heart surgery in one week, Mohammad has made a miraculous and speedy recovery! After being turned away from numerous hospitals, he has now completed his entire medical journey and is completely healed.

Today was a joyous day and I could feel the relief as I entered the ward filled with the Iraqi kids and parents that would be coming "home" to Jerusalem tonight. They were all smiles and laughter, even Deya and her mother were there for a check up, and able to say hello.

After loading everyone into the van, they arrived back in Jerusalem tired but seemingly content. We plan to have a welcome home party tomorrow night with food, desserts and dancing! God is good!

Healthy Heart and Healthy Appetite

Posted on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 01:00 by Donna_Petrel
Mohammed's miraculous heart surgery and recovery continues, praise to God! In the ICU today when I first saw him he was sleeping soundly, already extubated and using only a nasal canula for oxygen.

Later when I entered the room I saw Mohammed sitting up in bed watching all
the visitors come and go. He smiled and waved a bit, and began chatting as I approached the bed. He is very hungry and thirsty, and particularly wanted oranges and orange juice today. His father was happy to cut and squeeze some fresh oranges for him, and wanted to continue celebrating Mohammed's recovery by offering a cup of juice and some cookies to Mary and me. He is so very grateful to God and to everyone who's helped his son that he can hardly spend any time with us without using it as an opportunity to say thank you another time.

Today Mohammed spoke to his elated mother and was excited about the reality of returning to her before long. What a joyful reunion that will be ... her son's life has been returned to all of his family through this surgery. I cannot help but wonder what amazing plan God has for the life of this very special young boy! Please join us in continuing to thank God for what He's done so far, and all He has in mind to do for Mohammed.