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Widowed Foster Father With Cancer Only Takes In Terminally Ill Children

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 14 Oct 2020 09:59
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A widowed man who fosters and cares for terminally ill children will restore your faith in humanity – as well as make you cry.

Mohamed Bzeek has made it his ‘life’s mission’ to care for terminally ill children, having started doing it so children wouldn’t have to die alone in hospital.

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Mohamed, who lives in Los Angeles, works closely with the LA’s Department of Child And Family Services (DCFS), which asks the 65-year-old to adopt terminally ill children.

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The former Libyan immigrant came to the US 40 years ago and became an official citizen in 1997. Since he began fostering terminally ill children, 10 have tragically died in his arms.

While experiencing one death would be traumatic enough for most people, Mohamed continues to foster and care for terminally ill children.

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As per Image, he explained:

In 1995, [Mohamed and his late wife] decided to adopt orphans left at hospitals or taken from their families by the state because of violence and pressure. The only house that accepts orphans and children who are about to die in Los Angeles is my house. I have dealt with 80 children since 1989. Ten children lost their lives in my arms.

In regards to his relationship with the Los Angeles DCFS, he said it calls him directly when it has a terminally ill child in need of care.

Melissa Testerman, a DCFS intake coordinator who finds placements for sick children, told the Los Angeles Times in 2017, ‘If anyone ever calls us and says, ‘This kid needs to go home on hospice,’ there’s only one name we think of. He’s the only one that would take a child who would possibly not make it.’

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Mohamed added, ‘They know that I do not hesitate to accept. If I don’t, they are sent to hospitals and don’t have a family or house. However, when I take them, they feel a family atmosphere. They feel safe and are loved until the end of their lives.’

He will always name those children who come into his care that don’t have one.

Mohamed cares for these children on top of caring for his biological son, who was born with dwarfism and osteogenesis impefecta.

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If that wasn’t enough to break your heart into a thousand pieces, Mohamed himself was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer three years ago.

Speaking about his diagnosis, he said, ‘I had no family with me and I was scared. I felt the same what the kids feel. They are alone. If I am 62 [now 65] and I am scared, what about them?’

The world needs more people like Mohamed in it. If you’d like to donate towards his work, you can do so here.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Life, Adoption, Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Times and 2 others
  1. Los Angeles Times

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

  2. Image

    'Caretaking and heartbreaking': The remarkable story of the man who fosters terminally ill children

  3. GoFundMe

    Mohamed Bzeek: Fostering Humanity