Sudden Serious Illness of Niece – Another Wake-Up Call
In an email to his subscribers, Kamran also shared that his 16-year-old niece had suddenly fallen ill. She was in a coma and her life was hanging in the balance as all who loved her prayed for her recovery. He could only imagine what his brother and sister-in-law and his family in Iran were going through.
Here is what he wrote about it:
“On the first day of the new year, my mom called me and said that my niece, who recently turned 16, was in a coma! She had the symptoms of mild flu for a couple of weeks, but suddenly the virus attacked her brain and caused a seizure, which put her into the state of coma. To prevent her brain from further damage, the doctors put her into sleep for seven days in the ICU.
“Lots of samples were taken from her spinal cord and blood to monitor the change in her brain’s water chemistry and the health of her internal organs. CT scans and an MRI did not show damage to the brain.
“Being far from them was hard. We didn’t know what to do or how to help.
“The virus that infected her brain is a rare one that may cause damage and result in a slow recovery. Our emotions were tested. I experienced the roller coaster effect. My brother and his wife were desperate. The best doctors in the city were doing their best to help her survive. The hospital did not allow anyone to visit her except her parents.
“After seven days, they brought her back from sleep to check her state of consciousness. It was still low, but slowly improving. On January 7th we heard the good news that she had opened her eyes, but her road to recovery will be long.
“Although my niece has not recovered yet and the doctors had to put her back to sleep for a few more days, I know that she is going to be all right. I know that she is strong enough because she has passed the worst part. The road to recovery is long for her, but I know that with her parents and the rest of the family beside her, she’ll get back to normal in the near future.”
In a call in early March, Kamran told me that his niece continues to do well.
Kamran, his wife Shohreh and their beautiful children, Delisha and Daniel, enjoyed visiting our home in 2018. Back then they never could have imagined that early in 2020 their beloved friends and their friends’ children would perish in a fateful plane crash. And none of us that day could have ever predicted how the COVID-19 virus would affect our lives and those around the world and the terrible toll it would take on so many. All can always change in an instant.
So what did he learn from these very difficult life lessons, one with a tragic ending and the other a hopeful one? Here is what he shared:
“They taught me that we should be ever ready. They taught me that challenges could appear out of nowhere. They taught me that life is too short to waste.”
Indeed, life is not to be taken for granted and not to be wasted. It is this precious gift to be appreciated, nurtured and savored. It is a present for which we must stay present.