Saying goodbye to a precious baby
These past few weeks have been quite difficult for Alma’s mother and also for me. We witnessed Alma suffer every day with so many tests, blood transfusions, and with being necessarily connected to so many devices.
On the other hand, it renewed my own strength to see Alma’s doctors doing all that was possible to save Alma’s life. They did not give up. I thank God for these hard-working doctors and nurses.
So today, it was indeed bitter and sweet to receive the difficult news from the doctors. They said the hardest words that a parent can hear regarding their chld: “We are so sorry, we did everything we could to save this little one’s life”.
Of course, tears came down as I saw Alma’s mom become broken hearted. I just thanked the Lord for Alma being now in a better place. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them for Alma and for her mother, and for giving me a precious season of being with them until the last moment.
Today for a final time, Alma’s mother cried on my shoulder, and thanked God and also Shevet for being there for her. It’s been an honor for me to serve the Lord alongside the Shevet community, a meaningful place.
Hadassah hospital gave something beautiful to Alma’s mother, I want to share this gift with you.
It was hand and foot prints. This gift meant so much to Alma’s mom. Meanwhile, we waited for the medical staff to prepare Alma for returning to Gaza with her mom, in an ambulance.
All of this is just very hard for the families and also the volunteers within our extended community. We ask for your support in prayer as always. I want to share a word that came to me today from II Corinthians 1:3-4.
Praise to the God of All Comfort. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
It is surgery day at Hadassah hospital, in the morning, for little Alma. Her mom was really worried and began to cry inconsolably. I just hugged her, and prayed for her to receive the Lord’s peace and comfort. After a while, thank God, she was more calm.
Today has been a very difficult and long day. Alma came out of surgery at 7 PM, after eleven hours in the operating room.
The doctor said the surgery was long and difficult because Alma’s condition is also difficult at the moment. Everyone is concerned about her condition, she is on post surgery ECMO and her heart has been left to rest open.
Please keep Alma in your prayers, for all things to recover without any problems. Let’s pray for a miracle!
Today during my visit to the hospital, I found Alma’s mom creating a piece of art to entertain herself. She’s very artistic.
During her waiting time, all these days, she has been working on arts and crafts. She is very creative and talented.
Alma was awake and looking cute. Thank God everything is fine.
Mom happy as second surgery draws near
Alma is doing quite well today in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, as she recovers from her first surgery. Her second surgery is scheduled for Sunday, July 11.
Alma’s mother is quite happy .
Very happy today with my visit to Hadassah hospital. There was a favorable change in Alma, thank God she is doing well.
She is no longer swollen and her mother is also very happy. Thank you for praying for her.
Today in my visit to Hadassah hospital, Alma’s doctor said she is recovering really well. They even started feeding her through a baby bottle.
Also, Alma’s mom went out to rest for a while with some relatives she has in the land. Thank God she is in calm and having some rest.
Today, I went to Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem to visit little Alma. Her doctors did an echo and assessed her as stable.
Alma’s mom is fine, just waiting in patience. We continue in our prayers for them.
Alma is recovering very well, thank God.
Her mother is also much calmer, waiting for the weeks before her second surgery to be completed.
God does hear our prayers.
Thank God Alma is getting better, but is still hooked up to the ventilator. Her family and we continue to pray for little Alma.
Today, Alma’s family gave her this beautiful painting.
At Hadassah hospital today, the doctor’s report was very satisfactory for Alma. Thank God he said Alma is recovering very well.
However, they have to wait two weeks and will meet again with doctors to make a final decision on the surgery to be performed.
Thank you for your prayers for this little one.
Alma is fine. Her surgery went well, thank God.
Now because there were a lot of things to be repaired, they have to take her back to surgery another time when she recuperates from today’s surgery . We don’t know when the second surgery will be exactly; it will depend on her recovery.
Let’s keep praying for her.
It was a sunny day in Jerusalem and I thank God for His mercy and faithfulness as He answers our prayers.
In my visit to Hadassah hospital, I found Alma’s mom in a state of calm as the baby has improved from a critical episode yesterday. That was an answer to prayer.
Then the doctor told me that from now on, we have to wait for the baby to grow stronger every day. So we have to keep praying for both of them, so we will have more miracles from the Lord.
Also, I wanted to share that today, as I had asked the questions to the doctor about the situation of Alma, a nurse approached me to say she knows some Spanish. If she is on shift next time I come to the hospital, she will tell me in Spanish, anything I want to know.
Thank God for everything.
In the ICU, surgery delayed
Today, I went to Hadassah hospital again to visit little baby Alma. The doctors did not give us the best news. They say that the surgery they have to do is very complicated and the start of it did not go very well earlier today.
This morning they took her to surgery and when using anesthesia, she fainted from it. She underwent a lengthy resuscitation. Now she is in the ICU. If she stabilizes, she may have surgery in coming days.
Alma’s Mother is very sad, and very tired, so she went out for the afternoon with some relatives who live here.
Today I was at the Hadassah hospital saying hi to little Alma and her mom.
I was also praying for Alma’s mother, who was very sad. Today they are doing many tests on Alma.
Doctors are making decisions about when her surgery will be.
Hope for Alma in Jerusalem
Alma was born a week ago in the Gaza Strip, just after the conclusion of the intense fighting with Israel. She was blue after birth, and an echo revealed the great arteries of her heart are transposed (reversed). This means her heart is pumping blue blood out to her body instead of red.
Alma can have a normal life if she has emergency surgery, available for her only in Israel, to switch the arteries back to their natural position. Thank God, Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem agreed to accept her urgently, and she will be transferred there by ICU ambulance tonight.