This morning, baby Ghena had a PIC line placed in order to receive antibiotic treatment for an infection she has. This course of medicine will take a few weeks to complete, so for the time being, Ghena and her grandmother will be staying in hospital.
During this long process, Ghena’s grandmother remains an excellent caregiver for her granddaughter. We are excited for the day her mum can recieve her back home in Gaza.
Co-worker Georgia and I were sitting outside the operating room today at Sheba hospital. We were waiting together with some of our lovely moms for their children to come out of their procedures. In between moments, Ghena’s lovely grandmother and little Ghena herself came out of the secondary ICU (near the OR area). Ghena had to have an echo today. I joined them. It was lovely to see Ghena. Even though she is so small and was under her blanket, she already is a beautiful girl. She was very calm during the whole echo, the outcome of which is that Ghena needs another surgery in the future. Probably in one or two years. Her grandmother took this information with strength and calm as she has in the past with difficult reports. She really is a lovely woman and it’s always very nice to see her in the hospital. Our little Ghena is still recovering well, but since she is so small, she needs to gain some weight before she can be discharged from the hospital. Your prayers for that are much appreciated.
Alena and I went to take a look at baby Ghena, the day after her long surgery. The doctor in the ICU took time to explain thoroughly to us that Ghena is not doing well. She is in an unstable condition, and requiring a lot of medications to keep her heart, and body working. They found that there had been substantial bleeding into her chest.
Ghena was taken into surgery yesterday with the aim to repair her aortic valve, but doctors found it was not possible due to the complex anatomy of her valve. The plan now is to try and keep her stable and then review her condition, as at the moment there’s not a clear solution of what to do to help her heart.
Please keep praying for Ghena! Her grandma was sleeping when we went to visit, and it’s good that she can take some rest and gain strength to be an excellent support for her granddaughter.
Today was surgery day for our little Ghena. It was a difficult and a long surgery. The whole procedure took about six hours. When I arrived at Sheba Medical Center, little Ghena was already four hours into her surgery. Her grandmother saw and greeted us. This grandmother is one of the strongest woman that I’ve met so far at Shevet because she was very calm during the whole surgery. She was a bit busy by talking to her daughter, Ghena’s mother, on the phone.
After around six hours, the doctor came out and told us that the surgery is done and it will take some time to close her chest. They did place a pacemaker in little Ghena. The grandmother was very happy to hear that.
After half an hour little Ghena came out of the surgery and we went to the ICU together with her. There the doctors told us to wait outside because they wanted to stabilize her. After an hour, they still didn’t tell us to come inside. So we went and looked from a distance. We could see a lot of doctors and nurses staying around Ghena. I looked at the grandma because I thought maybe she would be shocked about it and start to cry because obviously there wasn’t everything going well with little Ghena yet. But as I looked at grandmother, she just looked tired and a little bit worried.
I told her please go outside and I will ask one doctor what’s going on. So I did and he told me that little Ghena is in a critical condition and that they are trying to stabilize her. It took them two more hours which felt like eternity, but thank the God they managed to stabilize the tiny little Ghena. The grandmother was pleased about it as well.
But during the next 48 hours, our little Ghena is in a critical condition, so your prayers are much appreciated.
Today at Sheba hospital, baby Ghena had a CT scan of her brain, and also her chest to try to find the reason for the fluid in her lungs. Her grandmother was waiting in their room in the ICU for Ghena to return from the scan.
Please pray for this sweet her girl, her grandmother, and especially her mum who returned to Gaza a few weeks ago. Ghena’s grandmother spoke often about Ghena’s mum who is so worried about her daughter.
Ghena’s mother returned to Gaza yesterday evening, and swapped places with Ghena’s grandmother. She was thrown in at the deep end somewhat, as on her first morning here, Ghena went into surgery to have her chest closed.
The procedure was not too long, compared to the massive surgery last week, and thankfully today’s procedure was a success.
Please continue to pray for Ghena’s recovery in Sheba’s pediatric ICU, and also for her brave grandmother who has come to stand with Ghena as she recovers from surgery.
Ghena’s mother is a loving woman. When I visited her and her little daughter in the Sheba ICU today, she greeted me kindly even though her eyes showed me that she was very tired. Ghena is slowly getting better. When I asked how little Ghena was doing, her mother told me with tears in her eyes, they were going to try to close Ghena’s chest today. But unfortunately, this was not yet possible. I tried to comfort her with a hug and she calmed down after a while. Nevertheless, this strong mother did not complain and her strength, love and patience radiated to me.
Please pray that little Ghena’s weak body will recover well, and that her mother will receive strength and endurance from the Lord.
Today I went early to Sheba Hospital because of the heart surgery for our little Ghena. When I arrived at the waiting area, Ghena’s mother was already there. She was afraid for her baby girl. She did not cry, just sat with an anxious mindset. I asked her if she wanted coffee and she took some happily. I was glad to make the waiting time pleasant. But not just me! There were other Arabic-speaking families who also took some time with her. It is so nice to see how open and helpful their culture is with eachother.
Ghena’s mother told me the surgery can take anywhere from four to six hours. After almost this length of time waiting, we didn’t hear any information as to how the surgery goes. Suddenly one doctor came to us and told us they could do much for this small heart, as in switching the arteries. and they needed more time to close the chest. It was really good news.
So after some more time, again came another doctor to explain to us that it was a huge and dangerous surgery. Unfortunately, Ghena started to have some bleeding. The last two hours were too difficult for Ghena’s mother to wait. She was walking around and looking through the doors towards the surgery area. She was afraid about Ghena’s condition.
After almost nine hours of waiting, our little Ghena came out of surgery. The mother was so happy! Praise the Lord, He kepts the little girl safe. The bleeding was stopped, but the doctors were very careful with her. She is in surveillance from medical staff in the critical care pediatric ICU on the sixth floor.
We pray for a wonderful improvement for little Ghena! Please keep praying with us about her and her lovely mother. We need your prayer support.
When I went to the hospital today and visited Ghena and her loving mother in the Sheba hospital pediatric ICU, I found Ghena’s mother quite sad in her room. As I only speak a few words of Arabic and I would certainly not have understood her if she had explained to me why she was so sad, I asked one of the friendly doctors instead whether the surgery for Ghena had already taken place, and had not gone well.
Please pray for little Ghena’s precious life, that she will recover well and that the surgery will be successful soon, if it is God’s will. The mother also needs strength now. Thank you for your prayers.
All in God’s timing, and we hope and pray for her safety and the best outcome for her.
Little Ghena is here with her mother, while her father and older brother are at home in Gaza. Please pray for this beautiful girl! She is planned to have surgery next week.