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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 03:52 AM

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

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.

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

Of the 35,000 children monitored by the county’s Department of Children and Family Services, there are about 600 children at any given time who fall under the care of the department’s Medical Case Management Services, which serves those with the most severe medical needs, said Rosella Yousef, an assistant regional administrator for the unit.

There is a dire need for foster parents to care for such children.

And there is only one person like Bzeek.

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

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/california/la-me-ln-foster-father-sick-children-2017-story.html

This man is a far better, kinder, decent person than all of us put together. Squared.

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AmandaCMatthews Feb 2017 OP
Shkreli Feb 2017 #1
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #4
Gunslinger201 Feb 2017 #2
rampartb Feb 2017 #3
i verglas Feb 2017 #5
Gunslinger201 Mar 2017 #6

Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 04:19 AM

1. We know one thing for sure, and that is the article met it's target reader.

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Response to Shkreli (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 09:24 AM

4. You're so edgy!



I just can't stands it!!

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 06:49 AM

2. We foster Dogs and Cats

and I'm Heartbroken if a puppy or kitten doesn't make it

I would be a basket case over a child death

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 07:20 AM

3. i'm a little cynical here but ...

perhaps there is some economic incentive? not that there should not be .....

put me with gunslinger on this one. i can barely stand the death of a feral cat. glad someone is there to do it.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 12, 2017, 11:18 PM

5. probably reading the article would be a good thing to do

 

Obviously there is compensation for the care he gives. I don't think you'd consider it much of an incentive.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 08:47 AM

6. We Foster Puppies and Kittens

And I take it hard if a weak one doesn't make it 🐶

I would be a basket case if it were a child. I couldn't do that more than once

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