Kenan and his lovely mother spent a nice time at our community home in Jaffa with us and our other Kurdish families. Today, Kenan and his mom had to come to Sheba hospital to do a Corona test because of a possible surgery tomorrow.
Only Kenan had to have the Corona test, during which he was a brave little boy. He only cried a little bit. After the test, we waited for their hospital room to be made ready. We spent the waiting time together taking turns holding little Kenan.
In the time in between, he was also sleeping and hungry. His lovely mother of course took care of him. After a few hours, they finally were admitted to the ICU of the hospital and the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.
Doctors want to do a surgery next for him but they have to discuss this with each other and schedule it.
Kenan’s mother is a very friendly person, She expressed to me that she is glad she has accompanied Kenan this time to hospital because she wants to be with Kenan on his upcoming surgery day. His grandmother had come with Kenan last time he needed to come to Sheba.
Thank you for your prayers for little Kenan and his mother.
The two previous times Kenan was in Israel for cardiac treatment, he was with his grandmother. When Kenan came to Sheba today, I went to look for his grandmother’s familiar face but was surprised to find a young woman holding him in her arms; it was his mother!
Often times when a newborn comes urgently from Gaza, it is a grandmother who is the accompanying guardian, but as in many cases now, after a child comes many times to Sheba, we get to meet the child’s mother. With every urgent newborn, and Kenan was one of them, my mind goes to the mother. I wonder what it must have been like to have her baby, then find out he needs urgent surgery and within a few days, have to give them up to a different and even an enemy country for treatment. We see many urgent children and yet they remain individuals. Still, the reality is, for each of these babies, there is a mother somewhere in Gaza who is agonizing over the fate of her own little one. So, like I said, the joyful occasion of these returning Gaza babies is that you meet more of their families, particularly the mothers whom we think so much about.
Today’s Echo also shows that his heart is working well. In addition, I discovered his antibiotics-therapy is completed. He is still receiving some fluid via vein. Nutrition for Kenan also goes slowly forward.
Kenan’s very lovely grandmother is so skilled with her grandson! She is caring well about the cute baby boy. She also takes time to help her neighbor in the room. So nice to see!
Thank you so much for all your prayers!
The small Kenan looks so cute in his sleep! When I came to Sheba Hospital today to visit him, he was sleeping so peacefully. His grandmother was so pleased about that, but then last night was difficult for both of them.
We discovered that little Kenan was fasting over the weekend because it was discovered that he has an abdominal infection. He was receiving nutrition via his vein.
Starting today, he can again receive milk but in small quantities. Also he is receiving an antibiotics-therapy for a while to combat the infection. We hope it will help him.
Our Lord is with peaceful little Kenan und his grandmother. Thank you so much for blessing him with your prayers.
I met Kenan and his wonderful Grandmother at the Secondary Pediatric ICU in Sheba Hospital. Both of them were doing pretty well. Kenan’s Grandmother was very open and pleased. Vital signs on the monitor above Kenan were good. But as I approached his bed, I woke him and he wasn’t too happy about that. Grandmother knew what she needed to do for her lovely grandson however. She had a syringe with glucose in it so she gave him a little bit to help him stop crying.
His doctors believe that Kenan has an abdominal infection and that it is better if he stays in hospital and be supervised
A discharge date for our little boy has to wait. Please pray for this blessed boy, that he will soon be reunited with his family in Gaza.
As I was in the Sheba Medical Center Pediatric Secondary ICU, I was delighted to see Kenan’s grandmother. She ushered me into her hospital room which she had been transferred to late last night. As we spoke about Kenan and the possibility of him returning to Gaza tomorrow or early next week, she repeated many times in Arabic that the most important thing is Kenan’s health.
“Two months… [I am here now],” she said. “As long as he goes back healthy.”
The same tender love that I saw in her expression while talking with her yesterday, is present whenever she is speaking about her grandson. She also expressed her gratitude for the excellent care of the doctors at Sheba.
Please pray for their road ahead, that in God’s timing, Kenan would be healthy enough to return to his family in Gaza.
As I left them for the evening, I thought about all the circumstances that must be just right in the order of the work of Shevet, not just on our part, but on the part of the doctors who are among the best in the world. They daily take incredible care of their patients, devote countless hours to their health, often sacrificing their own comforts to conduct surgeries and give the care their patients need.
I’m also touched by the willingness of each appointed guardian, chaperone or parent, who sacrifices much of their life and time, sometimes expense, for an unknown period of time so that a child in their family might live.
God bless the family of Kenan, his grandmother, and those waiting for their return to their home in Gaza.
At just over one week of age, Kenan had an Interventional Catheterization today. He came urgently last Friday to Sheba and has been in the Pediatric ICU waiting for a decision on the course of treatment he’d need.
His grandmother faithfully waited for the duration of the Catheterization and was so joyful after it was finished. She was beaming as she repeated “Thank God,” over and over again in Arabic.
She told co-worker Georgia and I that this was her son’s first child, and that Kenan is her very first grandchild. When we asked about how Kenan’s mother was, she said that she is crying very much over the separation from her son, so please keep this family in your prayers and for Kenan’s future.
His diagnosis from the doctors in Gaza is Pulmonary Atresia. He was seen by a doctor in Gaza when he was three days old. He presented as blue, with dangerously low oxygen saturation. He was also intubated.