Alaa's name was scribbled on the OR's wall-sized whiteboard this morning—meaning he is next in line for his operation.
It's just over two weeks into the summer, but this surgery will give him a chance to enjoy all the things a 4-year-old should enjoy once school gets out.
Being able to play sports, having the energy to wrestle with his little brother and sister, and not lacking the stamina to travel in the car to visit family—those realities are closer than ever before for Alaa.
He's heading into the OR. Stay tuned.