What a joy it was to see my little friend again and her aunt. As I walked into the sitting room I was greeted by all of the aunts, sisters, nieces and grandmother. They all expressed their appreciation to Shevet and that we were a part of saving Ruba's life. I told them that the all the praise belongs to the Lord not to man.
Once they brought Ruba into the room and I called her name, she began to look for me and came to me right away. This reminded me of the times I was at the hospital with her how she would come to me when I called her name. (Every time I enter the children's ward, I look for Ruba, but then I remember that she isn't there--she's at home and she's healthy.)
A friend of Shevet donated a wonderful toy for Ruba and she as well as her sister played with it the whole visit.
I asked to take pictures of Ruba and of course all of the family was so excited. I asked if I could have one with Rubas mother and Rubas aunt and they were both eager to have their pictures made.
Over and over they expressed to me their thankfulness to Shevet and how wonderful the Israeli team at Wolfson was.
I'm happy to know that Ruba is home now and well, even though I miss her. I do miss that beautiful smile but I'm so thankful that God provided the way and used us to help this baby and family. It's such a joy and pleasure to have the families in our care and when they are released to go home it's also a joy but at the same time there is sadness. While the families are with us, they become part of our family. We are there with them during the ups and downs. We are relieved to see that the child has had a successful surgery and will have a normal life, but it's sad when they are dismissed, because every day we aren't physically with them. We might not physically be with the children as they head back to Gaza or Iraq, but we have definitely left His fingerprints on their lives. We have peace in knowing that each day they breathe and walk it's from Him and He allowed us to be a part of this life-changing miracle. We have these families only for a short time and I'm thankful for every minute that I was able to share with Ruba and her aunt.
This experience has changed not only Ruba's life, but many more. Thank you for supporting Ruba over the past few months. Continue to pray that Ruba will grow and become healthy and strong. Her family sends their greetings and thanks.
As I walked into ICU after Rubas surgery on Tuesday my heart was broken for her aunt. The first time I saw Rubas aunt I thought for sure that she had to be the mother because of the love she had for this baby. As I visited with her yesterday and today, she stayed beside Ruba for hours and wouldnt leave. On Wednesday when I visited her in ICU she had not yet been extubated and she was very antsy and wanted to be moving around and playing. Today when I visited her they extubated her but she was under an oxygen dome. All in all she is doing really well after her surgery and the doctors are pleased with her progress. She might be moved into intermediate ICU tomorrow if everything continues to move smoothly. Donna and I prayed for Ruba and her aunt today before we left. Please keep them both in your prayers.
It was a beautiful Israeli Friday morning, as we began our journey from Jerusalem headed in a south - westerly direction to the Gaza border crossing named Erez. We (Autumn and myself) had been called upon to transport Ruba Abed Abu Holy, a 10-month-old baby girl from Gaza. She was coming to Wolfson Medical Center for her open heart surgery. It is tentatively scheduled for Sunday or Monday of this next week.
This seemingly long-coming appointment is with those Israeli doctors who, through the knowledge and wisdom God has given them, will attempt to transform a little Arabic child who has no hope of a normal life, into one that has every possibility to thrive and become the person God created her to be, fulfilling his purposes and plans for her life.
Although she did not like the initial restrictions placed upon her as the attending nurse tried to get her stats, she calmed down considerably when presented with some chocolate! Soothes me too in many situations!... Any of you readers relate!?!
By the time we departed, her admission was complete and she was headed for the x-ray lab and then, into a quiet night of rest. May it be so.
To you who are reading this, we beseech you to begin praying for Ruba, her family and the Wolfson medical staff as each prepares for the soon approaching surgery.