Mohamed Bzeek has been looking after terminally ill foster children for the last two decades. He is a 62-year-old man living in California and he started doing this right from the time he met his late wife, Dawn.
Dawn had been a foster mother since the 1980s. She mostly looked after terminally ill children. She met Bzeek in 1987 and they got married in 1989. They decided to only look after only the most vulnerable children since then.
The Bzeeks then went on to open their home to a number of foster children with special needs. They even held classes on foster parenting and educated people about how to handle a child’s illness and even death.
The foster parents lost their first foster child in 1991. It was a very difficult experience for the couple. It was after this that they decided, in the mid-nineties, that they would only take in terminally ill children.
“The key is, you have to love them like your own,” Bzeek says. “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.”
The couple had their first and only biological child in 1991. His name was Adam and he was born with dwarfism and brittle bone disease. Being the loving parents they are, they accepted him just the way he was.
Bzeek said to PEOPLE magazine, “I have been asked, ‘Why do you do this?’ and the answer is simple. Even if these children cannot communicate or see or hear, they have a soul. They need somebody to love them. I tell them, ‘It will be okay — I am here for you. We will go through this together.’ “
Dawn fell ill in 2000 and she would suffer from seizures that left her disabled for days. They would later find out the cause of these seizures - blood clots in her lungs. In 2015, she succumbed to her illness. Bzeek continued to look after terminally ill children because it felt natural for him to do so.
He is currently looking after a six-year-old girl who is both blind and deaf. She has microcephaly which is a condition where the brain will not develop properly and is partially protruding from her skull.
“I know she can’t hear, can’t see, but I always talk to her,” he said. “I’m always holding her, playing with her, touching her. She has feelings. She has a soul. She’s a human being.”