A local surgeon - Dr. Amanj - assists in surgery in Iraq this week on cases he has been longing to learn about from Dr. William Novick of the International Children's Heart Foundation
The wait is over, Mohammad received his surgery!
His surgery was not entirely without "incident" as he bled for a little bit after surgery while local hospital staff scrambled to find the appropriate blood products to help stop his bleeding. A depleted blood bank during the month of Ramadan - when there is a decreased likelihood that people would volunteer to give blood during the daylight, fasting hours - has been only one of our confounding complications this week.
But working through these glitches are exactly what the International Children's Heart Foundation team specializes in. Their final audit and advice report will be a great resource for local healthcare and government officials as they seek to develop their local solutions to these local problems.
In addition to news of Mohammad's heart surgery today, the family was also able to celebrate the birth of Mohammad's new-born little brother! While Mohammad was being prepped for surgery, his mother was literally being rushed to a hospital across the street to give birth to a little boy!
Right now, Mohammad's mother is holding her new born baby and in just a few more hours she'll be holding Mohammad with a newly mended heart thanks to you! We love this story!
Remedy Missions are international pediatric heart surgery teams that we bring to Iraq to to perform lifesaving heart surgeries and develop the infrastructure for the future. If you're on Twitter this week be sure to use the #Remedy or #RemedyMission hashtag to describe all the good news coming out of Iraq this week via @preemptivelove and @babyheart_org. If you're on Facebook, "Share" this story with the button below.