Friday, March 24, 2017

Loving in the face of certain loss

“I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her.” — Mohamed Bzeek 

WHO AMONG us has a heart this big and courage this deep? To know that you will certainly watch them die, yet still take them into your home and heart and love and take care of them every day. 

A Muslim man. You know, one of those evil alien beings that we want to ban from entering this country. This story from the Los Angeles Times was brought to my attention by Liz Neff, and I share it today for a particular reason.

'I know they are going to die.' This foster father takes in only terminally ill children

By Hailey Branson-Potts

February 8, 2017

Bzeek is a quiet, religious man who wants his foster daughter to know she's not alone in this life.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The children were going to die.

Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County’s sprawling foster care system.

He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms.

Now, Bzeek spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She’s blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed.

Bzeek, a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim who lives in Azusa, just wants her to know she’s not alone in this life. 

“I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her,” he said. “I’m always holding her, playing with her, touching her. … She has feelings. She has a soul. She’s a human being.”

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1 comment:

  1. Oh than you Kelly! It is so important to recognize good people, especially in our current climate. Love wins. 💗