Thankfully for us, there was a small shop for ice cream and drinks which helped to pass the time. At one point I took Asma in to get cookies, and she had known exactly where they were located in the store. “Shatura, inti,” I told her, which means ‘you’re clever.’ To this she responded, “well yeah, I’m from Gaza!”
When Asma and her aunt came out of Gaza, the first thing Asma did was give me her hand to shake and confidently say hello. She is a beautiful and sweet girl who seems beyond her years in every interaction.
We left the Erez border crossing and were on the way to Schneider hospital to the Neurology Clinic, as her case is not a cardiac one. However, about half-way there, co-worker Amar who arranged her appointment, called to say that because it was late in the day, her appointment was rescheduled for next week. This meant that she would be staying in Jaffa for the time being at our community house on the Mediterranean coast.
Both Asma and her aunt took the sudden change of plans in their stride. When we arrived in Jaffa, she asked, “Is this Israel?” as she looked in the direction of the beach from our house.
Some of our families were having tea outside on the long sun-deck and Asma and her aunt were invited to join. The Kurdish families were so welcoming and kind.
This evening Asma experienced one of the headaches she gets, so please pray for her as she waits. Its hard to believe and sad to think that this is her ‘normal.’ Please keep her in prayer especially for her upcoming consultation, and that we could find a real way to help her.
11-year-old Asma was discovered in Gaza to have a malformation of blood vessels in her brain. Palestinian doctors who examined her in Nablus, Ramallah and East Jerusalem all agreed she can only be safely treated by a specialist in Israel using advanced endovascular intervention.