It is always nice to see that the Sheba Medical Center is not only taking care of the children that are coming to the hospital together with their parents, but that they also care for those parents, relatives or whoever is accompanying them, when they come.
Today Sheba medical staff gave Karim’s mother the option of leaving the hospital for one day to take a little bit of rest. Co-worker Teresa and I collected her, together with another grandmother who is also at the hospital with her grandchild. We spent a really lovely time together with them.
We went on a walk by the beach and ended up sitting in the park for some hours in the shade and talking and laughing with each other. I’m glad and thankful that we got to spent this valuable time with them and it was nice to see Karim’s mother so happy for one day and escaping the situation back at the hospital for a little while. I really like it how such small things that are easy for us to do, mean so much to these parents and Karim’s mother was so thankful for this small change of atmosphere. She said she really loves the beach, that it gives her a sense of freedom to be at the beach.
We also ate some candy and coworker Teresa shared from the Word of God with them. It was a wonderful day. When we went back to the hospital, the doctor told us that Karim remains stable.
Please continue to pray for him. God is in control. Karim’s mother is very tired and would like to switch with her mother from Gaza so that she can go home and take a bit of rest. Please pray that this might be possible.
Please be praying for Karim.
For a while after his chest closure, his condition remained constant and day to day, there was a significant amount of bettering or worsening of his condition.
However now, he has begun deteriorating and is not currently stable. Please especially be praying for his mother who is with him.
Today we were able to visit sweet Karim at Sheba hospital, and there are currently no changes to his condition.
Please be praying that God’s healing would be over him, and that God’s peace and comfort would be with the family.
His mother seems to be doing well, gracefully handling the uncertainties day by day.
After multiple attempts this week, the doctors were finally able to close Karim’s chest today. This is good news, but his condition is still critical. When I asked the doctor how Karim is doing after the procedure, all she could say was that we’ll see.
It was good to see Karim’s mother in good spirits today. There are several Arabic-speaking mothers in the ICU now and they form a loving and supportive community for her as she waits and prays for her little boy. Please continue to pray for both Karim and his mother during this difficult time.
Still unable to close chest
Karim is still a difficult case. Doctors at Sheba Hospital attempted to close Karim‘s chest but he was not stable enough to complete the procedure. So his chest remains open. Furthermore, he needs a repair of two of the valves but this isn’t possible yet because he is too small for this type of procedure. Please pray for this critical situation and for Karim’s mother, who is going through a hard time.
Karim is still in critical condition tonight following a catheterization this afternoon. The doctors at Sheba hospital had been concerned about the possibility of elevated pulmonary pressure, but Karim’s catheterization results showed that this is not the case.
However, they reported that they had to widen a narrowed artery; please pray that this intervention is successful in improving Karim’s condition.
Please also pray especially for Karim’s mother, as this time in the hospital has proven quite difficult for her. Even with the support of her community of moms at the hospital, she is visibly struggling with the stress of the situation. Thank God for her tender love for her little boy, and pray for strength for her in the coming days.
This afternoon at Sheba hospital, Karim was taken off the ECMO machine after a week connected to it. The procedure was successful, but Karim’s chest is still open and the medical team is very cautious about his condition.
Coworker Alena and I waited with Karim’s mother while he was in surgery, along with a couple of other mothers with babies in the ICU. It’s beautiful to see the support they all show one another and the small community they’ve built.
Little Karim has a long uphill battle ahead of him; thank God for these other moms in the hospital who have come alongside Karim’s mother to love and support her.
I stopped by Sheba hospital to visit Karim in the pediatric ICU this morning. His condition has not changed much, but he seems to be stable on the ECMO machine. Co-worker Julio and I spoke briefly with Karim’s doctor, who said Karim would have a CT scan today, due to concern about stenosis. When the doctors see the results from the scan, they will decide whether to do a catheterization.
Later on, Karim’s mother was in relatively good spirits, though very concerned about her little boy, and was eager to take me to see Karim through the window in the ICU. Please pray for a complete recovery for Karim, and strength and courage for his mother.