One of my favorite parts about serving at Shevet is when I have the privilege of being the bearer of good news. I can compare it to celebrating Christmas year round! Mothers who have long borne the weight of a child's illness relish words of hope like opening up surprise packages. This afternoon I had the pleasure of telling Kosar and his mother that Suhail (Shevet member) and I were taking them home to Jerusalem. Kosar's mother threw her arms up in the air thanking God with shouts of praise. She then planted several big kisses on my cheek and kissed Suhail's hands unabashedly. Pure joy flowed from her very being. Meanwhile, Kosar sat calmly on his bed, unflustered by the commotion. His mother's constant presence these last five days at Sheba have been enough to make his toddler heart feel secure. Kosar's mother, on the other hand, expressed how much she disliked the unfamiliar languages and surroundings of the hospital. She couldn't wait to be back with the Shevet community. Support, however, was not lacking at Sheba as mother and son bid other families farewell. Parents in hospitals form a community of their own through a common bond of empathy for each other's child, and it's beautiful to see.
Kosar's current medical report reads that his heart is functioning well after his intermediate atrioventricular canal repair. However, there is still a small ventricular septal defect (VSD- opening/leak between the lower chambers). At next week's post-op echocardiogram (echo), doctors will determine if this VSD will resolve on it's own or if further intervention is needed. Kosar's mother is taking everything in stride, simply thankful that her son is in good hands. As for Kosar, who continues to live up to his nickname, "little man," there was no better way for him to celebrate going home than to take a nice long nap. May Kosar continue to experience the gentle love of a heavenly Father who heals and "gives His beloved sleep." (Psalm 127:2)
Today Kozar was very calm. Almost an eerie calm. He seems to be afraid to move too much. He is still somewhat himself, though. He will NOT let his mother put him down. When she even starts to put him down he cried.
This was a relief to see because his calmness wasn't very normal. Kozar is usually a very rambunctious child.
He of course looked completely adorable in his little p.j.'s! We brought him a choo choo train and some gummies. He did NOT like the gummies, but very much enjoyed the trains. That was a sweet sight. I love that kid's smile!
Kosar and his mother waited patiently for us to arrive at Sheba Medical Center following a long surgery taking place at Wolfson Hospital across town. After the exchange of many joyful embraces and words, we were back on the road to Jerusalem. Kosar was released to return to the Shevet House until Saturday evening, when he will return to the hospital for a Sunday morning heart surgery. Until then, Kosar's mother will have the emotional support of staff she knows and Kurdish women who speak and understand her language. The picture shows Kosar soon after leaving the hospital, in the few minutes that he was awake during the car ride. We look forward to a good result from his surgery.