Mohammed Healing Slowly

Three days have gone by since I last saw my little friend Mohammed, and I was looking forward to spending some time with him today. On our way to the hospital Kristina called and told me that Mohammed had been moved from the Primary ICU to Secondary ICU. The doctors had kept him longer in Primary ICU because he had developed pneumothorax (collection of free air in the chest outside the lung that causes the lung to collapse), which needed to be treated with a chest tube. When we arrived at the hospital, we found Mohammed as expected in Secondary ICU, sitting in his bed, and looking a little bit miserable. I asked him if he had any pain. He had not, but was hungry instead. The nurses had earlier informed his mother that Mohammed would have to fast until the chest tube was removed this afternoon. This was good news for us, but not so much for hungry Mohammed. During our whole visit he rarely offered a smile. It is obvious that he is healing, but also that he is not his old self yet. I am looking forward to having him and his mother back at our house at Shevet, and I pray that he continues to heal well.

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