Rayan Admitted for Cardiac Catheterization

Waiting is a difficult task for anyone, but sometimes it can be especially difficult for our mothers here at Shevet as they cope with separation from family during an emotionally stressful time. Rayan and his mother have spent the last two weeks waiting with us in Jerusalem for an available catheterization date which has understandably been the source of some impatience and frustration.

Though catheterizations are typically only conducted on Tuesdays, the staff at Sheba Hospital made a special exception yesterday afternoon. We received an unexpected call requesting Rayan and Darbaz for admission before tests began early this morning. This development has been an incredible answer to prayer and we are so thankful for the helpfulness of Sheba’s amazing staff.

Rayan and his mother were especially joyful yesterday given the excitement of the occasion. At home, Rayan is particularly known for his bouncy curls and sweet smile. Yesterday, however, he was all grins as he talked nearly non-stop and charmed the nurses with his playfulness. After starting a game of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” he ran around in a circle hugging everyone’s legs and kissing their knees while softly singing “Knees and toes, knees and toes!” As the nurses watched him, one of the ladies commented, “I wish they all came in like this!”

Please pray for patience for Rayan and his mother as they settle in at the hospital. We hope to hear from our friends at Sheba soon regarding the results of today’s tests and hope that they will lead to plans for surgery in the near future!

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