HE was only 4 years old when he had a splenectomy due to a ruptured spleen in a car accident. HE lost his brother and mother in this accident.
He was only 9 years old when he had surgery due to ileus and appendectomy.
HE was only 12 years old when his father was taken to a concentration camp and he had to leave his home due to a civil war and had nowhere to go.
HE worked very hard just to get himself through high-school.
HE did it. HE became an aircraft mechanic. An excellent one. HE found his dad.
HE was only 26 years old when he went through another surgery, this time due to a brain tumor.
HE was only 27/28 years old when he had two surgeries again - ileus due to post-op adhesions and duodenojejunal bypass.
A year later - another surgery.
HE was 36 when we lost our unborn twins and 37 when we lost another unborn child. He waited for them all his life.
HE was 39 when he finally got to hold his baby. HE is the best dad in the world.
HE was also 39 when he ended up in hospital fighting for his life. HE had two surgeries. First one due to ileus, second one due to bowel perforations. His small intestines are so weak they couldn't do anything. They did an ileostomy. HE was 39 and his son was 6 months old when the doctors told me that he may never leave that hospital alive.
HE turned 40 in that hospital. Against all odds, day-by-day, he was doing better. Every week - a tube less (and there were a lot of tubes)... After six weeks, I got to take him out of the hospital for a walk. Soon, I got to take him home, to his son.
Ileostomy wasn't what everyone said it would be. Yes, it saved his life. But... We have two or three days of our new "normal", and that means he can get of the bed and eat something. Then he has a blockage. And then we live in fear for day or two. Then all over again. He can't hold his baby because his stomach is still open and it hurts.
But, HE STILL SMILES. He still acts like nothing spectacular happened in his life. He smiles to a "medical expertise" of people who never had a headache in their life, he smiles to everyone who expected he would be just fine by now, everyone who abandoned him.
HE is my hero. HE is invincible. Of that I'm sure.