Hope for Yousif

Little Yousif was born less than two months ago, a first baby to his young parents, who are Christian IDPs (Internal Displaced Person) that fled the Islamic State and are now living in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

Soon after his birth he was diagnosed with his congenital heart defect. His heart defect is very complex, one of the issues is a large ASD, a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Due to that large hole he has basically only one large atrium instead of two. 

Yousif was quickly accepted at Sheba Medical Center in Israel and we applied for his visa this past week. 

Around a month ago, Yousif contracted a bad chest infection that harmed his lung tissue. He is currently hospitalized in the pediatric ICU. My co-worker John and I had the opportunity this morning to meet with his treating cardiologist, Dr. Serdar, and Yousif's parents to assess if he would be able to tolerate the air travel. Since Dr. Serdar saw him last a few days ago, Yousif has improved some but he still very fragile and sick. The longer he is batteling the infection, the more lung tissue could be destroyed. Our hope is that his visa will be approved soon and that he will be allowed to travel within the next couple of weeks. 

Please pray with us for Yousif's life to be sustained, for his visa to be approved in time, and for all the travel arrangements. Because the living God knows and cares, we know that there is hope - hope for Yousif to receive a new heart. 

"For there is nothing my God cannot do." Luke 1:37

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