All a child needs is a warm and caring family. This can be difficult for children who want to adopt. It is difficult to find a home for older children and children with behavioral problems. On the other hand, children with terminal illnesses are the hardest to adopt, and families willing to adopt them are the hardest to find.
However, this does not apply to children with terminal illnesses in California. Thank you to my 62 year old single dad for making this all possible. He aims to change the lives of terminally ill children.
Mohamed Bzik of Azusa, California has made it his life’s mission to help children with terminal illnesses. Born in Libya, Bzik has been a caregiver since 1989. At first it was Bzik and his wife Don. The couple took care of sick children.
Unfortunately, one of their adopted children died in 1991. Since then, it was decided to bring up only terminally ill and sick children.
The couple could not bear the thought that they had incurable children whom they could not love and who were taken care of by their families. Bzik hugged some of his adopted children and watched them take their last breath.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Bzeek shared, “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.”
He continued to foster terminally ill children in California even after he and his wife divorced in 2013. Since then, he has lost about ten children in total.
A six-year-old girl who is blind, deaf, and paralyzed in her arms and legs is the present child that he’s taking care of. Her condition is caused by a brain abnormality, which causes her to have daily seizures and necessitates round-the-clock care. Even though she’s seriously sick, Bzeek knows that she does deserve love like any other child.
Bzeek is certain about his commitment to her. He has been her caregiver since she was a month old.
He said, “I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her. I’m always holding her, playing with her, touching her. … She has feelings. She has a soul. She’s a human being.”
Bzeek was told there was nothing else doctors could do for her when she was only two years old. Despite this, Bzeek continued to look after her, and she is still alive four years later.
Dr. Suzanne Roberts, the girl’s pediatrician, said: He can silently express his needs … His life is not only about suffering. There are moments when he is happy and content, and it’s all because of Mohamed.”
Many in the California Adoption Society recognize Bziki as a hero. Caring for a terminally ill child can be emotionally draining and time-consuming, but Bzik believes the alternative is far worse. Without people like Bzik, many seriously ill children would die without a home.