Mubin's Heart Surgery

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The Peace of Contentment

Posted on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:37 by Ruth Zellweger

Little Mubin arrived in Israel, received a completely healed heart, and departed this last Friday

A Blessed Day as Mubin Cleared to Go Home

Posted on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:48 by Marilyn Isaacson

A few of us at Shevet Achim travelled to Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv today to take some mothers and their small children for a heart test - echocardiogram. I was in the car with Jesse, who was driving, and Mubin, who is six months old and his mother. I felt so blessed when she called me her friend. The drive to Tel Aviv was special: the winding roads and along the sideway palm trees, and Mubin

"Uno!" for Mubin

Posted on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 23:50 by Ruth Zellweger

UNO is a card game I often played when I was younger. One of the rules to this game is that, when you are down to your last card, you must yell "UNO!" The winner of the game is the one who gets rid of all of his cards first. Today

A Night at the Hospital Avoided

Posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:34 by Ruth Zellweger

The last few times I visited little Mubin, I noticed that he was always comfortable and looking well.  He also had developed quite an appetite since his heart surgery

Mubin's Amazing Recovery

Posted on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 22:22 by Cassandra Colon

Today we went to the hospital for Mubin

Mubin Back in Jerusalem

Posted on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 22:20 by Ruth Zellweger

None of us could have dreamed or imagined the wonderful status quo of Mubin only one week after his arrival. When I reflect on his last week in Israel, I can only marvel at God

Mubin's Sudden Advance

Posted on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 22:03 by Kristina Kayser

Before leaving for the hospital on Friday morning to visit Mubin, his mother called me with some unexpected news. Her son had just been moved out of ICU to a room in the pediatric ward. I almost couldn't believe what I was hearing. Only two days prior, doctors had been discussing whether or not he needed to be re-intubated and back on a ventilator. This was an improvement of grand proportion!

What an amazing thing it was to see Mubin sleeping peacefully when Jared and I arrived, unattached from almost every medical tube and wiring. The only oxygen he received was through a small cannula in his nose. His mother, likewise, was free from the burden of anxiety she had been carrying, and she wore the most beautiful smile. We praised God together for the gift of Mubin's accelerated healing. I told her, "This is a miracle!" Mubin woke up shortly after and was able to drink a substantial amount of milk from his bottle. Moreover, he no longer needs the supplementary feeding tube, which indicates that his strength and nutrition are also improving. At one point, it looked like he was trying to communicate with me, sticking out his little tongue and blinking his bright eyes.

It has now been exactly one week since Mubin arrived in Israel, and everything about his adventure thus far has been surprisingly quick. I see God's hand moving on this baby's behalf, and I am full of thanks. May He be glorified as Mubin continues to recovery day by day.

Mubin Breathing on His Own

Posted on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 22:27 by Kristina Kayser

While Mubin had been taken off the ventilator this morning, he was far from happy or settled when I first saw him in ICU. The day after open heart surgery is one of huge transition. The body is doing its best to adjust to massive changes, including breathing independently once again. On top of all of this, Mubin is a very small six-month-old, weighing a mere 4.6 kilos. His mother hovered over his bed, grieved at the sight of her son crying and wriggling in bed. "Why is he crying so much?" she asked. Alarms began to sound as Mubin's oxygen level dropped. Various medical staff busied themselves around him, checking the monitors, and assessing his condition. I soon learned that doctors were trying to determine whether or not Mubin needed to be sedated and re-intubated (i.e. put back on respiratory ventilation). While waiting to make this decision, Mubin was also required to fast. It's possible that his distress were related to a combination of factors related to hunger, labored breathing, and discomfort. There is a fine line between weaning Mubin off of anesthesia in order to observe his natural respirations, while concurrently providing enough pain relief to keep him comfortable. The chief ICU physician, Dr. Houri, added that children with Down's Syndrome sometimes have a more difficult time in the initial post-op period.

Mubin's mother and I were asked to leave ICU temporarily while the medical team inserted a feeding tube and worked to stabilize him better. His mother looked like she would have done anything to comfort her son but felt completely helpless. Mohammed's mother and I sat with her for a time, helping her process the situation and encourage her. I prayed that Messiah would touch Mubin and strengthen his body with healing. Upon returning to ICU an hour later, I found a much better situation. Mubin was not re-intubated but was receiving oxygen supplement from a new, and less intensive machine. He also was receiving nutrition through a nasogastric tube and was sleeping soundly. His mother was so relieved and thankful to know that her son was now stable and resting.

At this hour, Mubin continues to be doing well. ICU nurses report that there are no problems with his respirations or surgical condition this evening. Psalm 146:8 says that the Lord "raises those who are bowed down..." I believe that God's heart is full of compassion for Mubin and that He will continue to strengthen and restore this precious baby.

A Peaceful Surgery Day

Posted on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 23:17 by Ruth Zellweger

Today has been a day of rejoicing. During our morning meeting we received the exciting news that Mubin would be prepared for surgery this afternoon. Eilin and I left as soon as possible to be with Mubin

Mubin's First Day at the Hospital

Posted on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 23:53 by Ruth Zellweger

There have been times during the last months when I have reflected on the relationships that have been developing with our Kurdish families during their stays at Shevet Achim. I recall many first encounters with new families. After we welcome them in our courtyard, we take them upstairs to our other Kurdish families and then sit together with them in the living room. We exchange smiles and ask first questions to get to know each other. However, it usually is not the same relaxed atmosphere we have with the families that have been with us for a while. The new children normally stay close to their mothers and are shy around us Shevet volunteers. But this changes quickly and we grow close within a short period of time. Looking back, I sometimes wonder what had caused this fast bonding and deepening of our relationship. Often I can only say: It just happened. In other cases there have been specific incidents or moments. And so it has been with little Mubin and his mother.

Five month old Mubin arrived last night with his mother in Jerusalem. They had not much time to settle in and relax, because Mubin