January 17, 2012 by Cody · Comments Off
Ali’s days in the hospital got a whole lot more exciting once the doctors told him that tomorrow’s his turn to get his heart fixed!
What’s the first thing he did when he heard that? He grabbed the phone and called Dad.
Ali is just hours away from getting his heart mended—get ready!
July 12, 2010 by Sophia · Comments Off
The hot desert sun beams down upon wreckage from the days of Saddam’s rule; and big houses, now broken down into cement blocks, line the dusty streets.
A modest white home is nestled in the midst of the rubble. And coming from the house were the sounds of dishes clanking in the kitchen, a TV blaring, a little boy’s laughter.
That little boy is 5 year-old Yahya, one of my favorites who is about to make the trip to Istanbul this Saturday for heart surgery. Much awaits Yahya. He is getting a new valve put into his heart, a new lease on his young life.
But for now, he is at home. While visiting him and his family in their home last week, I noticed Yahya in the living room playing a soccer-themed video game and giggling with his best friend, Ahmed.
Yahya loves video games. Normally very shy and reserved, his demeanor was relaxed and comfortable when he pretended to be the famous Argentinian soccer player, Lionel Messi. Yahya told his father that when he grows up, he wants to be Messi.
Yahya’s upcoming surgery gives us hope that one day he will overcome his disease and put aside his soccer video games in order to play like a real soccer star outside under the Iraqi sun.