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The Touching Reason This Single Dad Fosters Terminally Ill Children

Caring for children as if they were your own is no easy task. Mohamed Bzeek, however, has the toughest job of all.

It takes immense kindness to become a foster parent. Taking in and caring for children as if they were your own is no easy task. Mohamed Bzeek, however, has the toughest job of all.

The 62-year-old takes in terminally ill children. He has buried 10 children since he first became a foster parent in 1989.

“I know they are sick. I know they are going to die,” Bzeek told the Los Angeles Times. “I do my best as a human being and leave the rest to God.”

He started caring for children with his wife, who had been a foster parent before knowing him. He experienced his first death of a child in 1991.

Many of the children they took in had been ill, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the couple decided to only care for terminally ill children.

In his care now is a 6-year-old little girl who is both deaf and blind. She has a rare brain disorder, suffers from seizures and her arms and legs are paralyzed. Even though she can’t hear or see him, Bzeek wants her to know he’s there for her.

“I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m always holding her, playing with her, touching her…She has feelings. She has a soul. She’s a human being.”

There aren’t many foster parents quite 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,” Melissa Testerman, a DCFS intake coordinator who finds placements for sick children, told the Los Angeles Times. “He’s the only one that would take a child who would possibly not make it.”

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Bzeek may be the only person near Azusa, California, who’s taking in terminally ill children, but, there’s a couple in Wisconsin also caring for sick children. They have fostered sick 18-month-old triplets, as The Delite previously reported.

What motivates people take in terminally ill children? For Bzeek, it’s about faith. “It’s my faith,” Bzeek tells ABC 7. “I take those kids. I know they need somebody. I know there is not many people for them.”

If you’d like to donate to a fundraiser for foster children, there are many organizations out there. Take a look at the Together We Rise website for ideas.

[h/t: Los Angeles Times]