Imagine the love and tenderness an ailing child requires during their last days of life.
Mohamed Bzeek opens his heart and his home to some of the most gravely ill children in Los Angeles’ foster care system and shows them the true meaning of unconditional love during their final days.
Unconditional Love — With Open Arms
Mohamed moved to the United States from Libya and became an American citizen. He and his wife Dawn opened up their home to children in need and offered the little ones a place that they could truly call home during their final days of life.
They took in terminally ill children that were in foster care and welcomed them into a loving environment.
The Bzeeks fostered many children and took care of them alongside their own child — who was born with dwarfism and required delicate care. Tragedy struck when Dawn passed away from illness in 2015.
In spite of his personal loss, Mohamed didn’t give up on the children that so desperately needed care.
He pushed through the pain of losing his wife and continued to dote upon the children in his care. He accepted new foster children that were terminally ill and remained dedicated to the youngsters that so desperately needed to feel loved during their most challenging days.
Providing Care After His Own Personal Loss
“In 1995, we decided to adopt orphans left at hospitals or taken from their families by the state because of violence and pressure,” Mohamed said, according to the LA Times.
He spoke of the responsibility that he embraced as part of his daily life.
“The only house that accepts orphans and children who are about to die in Los Angeles is my house,” he said. ” I have dealt with 80 children since 1989. Ten children lost their lives in my arms.”
Mohamed is licensed to provide medically vulnerable children with care when their own families aren’t able to provide for them and works closely with The Los Angeles Department of Child Services.
“They tell me when children are about to die and ask if I can adopt them. They know that I do not hesitate to accept,” said the real-life hero.
“If I don’t, they are sent to hospitals and don’t have a family or house,” he said.
Creating A Loving Home
Mohamed reflected on the magnitude of this care, and how deeply the children benefit from his loving environment.
“However, when I take them, they feel a family atmosphere. They feel safe and are loved until the end of their lives,” he said.
The county’s Department of Children and Family Services intake coordinator, Melissa Testerman, praised Mohamed for his dedication and he unfaltering love he showed for the children in his care.
“He’s the only one that would take a child who would possibly not make it,” she said. “If anyone ever calls us and says, ‘This kid needs to go home on hospice,’ there’s only one name we think of,” Melissa noted.
Mohamed cared for a 6-year-old girl that was blind, deaf, and paralyzed as a result of a rare brain condition. She required round-the-clock care.
“I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her. She has feelings. She has a soul. She’s a human being,” he said.
Loving And Living Through Heartbreak
Mohamed admits that his role is a challenging one, but in spite of the personal sacrifice, and the tremendous emotional toll it takes on him, the real-life hero perseveres for the sake of the children.
“I know it’s heartbreak. I know it’s a lot of work and I know it’s going to hurt me sometimes,” he said.
“You know, I feel sad. But, in my opinion, we should help each other, you know?”
Mohamed shared a few words of wisdom as he summarized his unique role.
“The key is, you have to love them like your own. I know they are sick. I know they are going to die. I do my best as a human being and leave the rest to God.”