At long last, our spunky little star has arrived! In Hussain-like fashion, he immediately began giving out high-fives and challenging local staff to imaginary games that he somehow always won.
Most of the children scheduled for surgery just show up and get it a few days later, and that makes it tough to connect with the kids and their families.
But Hussain is different. I know him, the locals know him, and you know him. He’s a familiar face to all of us.
And that’s why we’re so excited to share his journey through the hospital with you! He’ll start with an echo (a screening) to check up on his heart, then he’ll wait while the doctors make sure he’s a good candidate for surgery. Then, if he’s chosen, he’ll be prepped and sent into surgery, then released into the ICU, and then—if all goes well—he’ll be sent up to the ward to rest and await his release.
We plan to take you along this journey, so keep reading over the next week to share in Hussain’s excitement as he gets his heart fixed!
Before all of that, though, I wanted to tell him about you, so I grabbed a computer and showed him his personal update page. Below are some of the photos we grabbed of him perusing the site. If you haven’t seen it or left him a message, it isn’t too late! Head over by clicking here and leave him a photo, video, or note wishing him a successful surgery.
If you’ve been following Hussain’s story, you know our attempts at getting him to lifesaving surgery have been eventful. He was scheduled for surgery, then he was bumped to the next mission, then that mission was canceled, but now he is getting his chance.
Our 11th surgical training mission is about to begin in Najaf, where Hussain and many other children will get their lives back!
Read real-time updates on Hussain’s progress on his personal update page, where you can also leave him an encouraging note of your own. I look forward to telling Hussain about you, and about so many others who have stood by him through this journey!
More updates to come…
February 23, 2012 by matt · Comments Off
I got word that our pig-tailed girl in the red coat left the ICU and was resting in her hospital room up on the sixth floor. So I grabbed my translator-friend and made the climb to hear more of Zahraa’s story.
Her father welcomed me into their room and we all sat down. He jumped right in and explained that his family had looked for a surgery for 3 years and spent over 17 million Iraqi dinar (nearly $15,000) on their search.
Zahraa had even been scheduled for surgery 7 other times, but each resulted in cancelation. Sometimes Zahraa got sick, and other times the Iraqi doctors got cold feet. It was a lot of disappointment to stomach.
But the mood couldn’t stay sad, because Zahraa’s life had already been saved! Her father beamed with joy and gratitude as he shared of his daughter’s dreams: “She begs me for sewing supplies. She wants to make dolls for herself and her friends.”
He went on to explain that the recent surgery made her want to be a doctor. She still wants sewing supplies, but she can’t decide if she would rather use them to make dolls for her friends or to give her friends stitches!
Regardless, Zahraa now has this and many other choices ahead of her because of your generosity! Thank for saving the life of this precious little girl!