A week after his discharge from hospital, Khader and his mum attended his follow-up cardiology appointment. They have been staying with us in Jaffa, and his mum was feeling hopeful for good news which would mean that they can return to Gaza.
The doctor was pleased to tell her that his heart appears to be recovering well from his big surgery! He is also gaining weight nicely, although he is still very tiny, just 2.85kg!
He returned to Gaza today, and will go into quarantine there for three weeks before returning to his family. This isn’t the last we have seen of Khader; we hope to see him again next month for an echo to check on his progress. In a few months time, hopefully, he will have grown and become ready for his next surgery.
Good news for baby Khader is that hopefully this week or early next week he can be discharged! After spending most of his time at Sheba Hospital in the ICU, it has now been almost two weeks of being in the secondary ICU, and praise God that his path of recovery has been straightforward.
His mom is really happy with her son’s progress and also eager to go back home. Thank God for the life of this beautiful boy and all the medical staff who have so devotedly taken care of him.
Khader is so precious. His little heart is unique and I believe that God delighted in creating Khader so beautifully.
This was my very first time meeting him and his mother, and all I could see was love. Khader’s mom shared that after multiple tests, Khader has been started on an antibiotic treatment to fight a bacterial infection in his blood.
He is also on a specific nutrition plan to help him gain weight, as he is only 2.4 kg. Please pray for Khader during his recovery period. Please also pray for his mother as she patiently waits and cares for Khader.
Content in every situation
It was lovely together with co-worker Nicolle to spend time with Khader and his mother today at the Sheba Medical Center. In the morning he was in a procedure to have a PICC (central catheter) inserted for intravenous medications, so we saw him in the afternoon. The nurse commented on what a content baby he is, considering all the difficulties he has had.
Khader’s mother worried that he is not feeding properly, and so it was nice to be able to encourage her with a hug, which brightened her spirit. She is handling these long, tiring weeks in hospital with strength and dignity. Although we sat together with Khader lying in his bed, every time he made a sound, she was immediately on her feet to care for him. It is beautiful to see her heart for her baby.
God willing Khader’s condition will continue to improve. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen both him and his mother:
Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. (Proverbs 31:25)
A blessing for all involved
A blessing for all involved is that two-month old Khader has recovered to finally “graduate” from the Intensive Care Unit!
He was happily sucking on a sugary dummy in the company of his beautiful yet tired mother, when we arrived to visit him. It is a real treat to see him. During his time in the ICU we are not allowed to enter due to Coronavirus restrictions.
Since the surgery, his beautiful head of hair has been shaved in sections, to allow for previous cannulas. Still, Khader himself seems not to know the big fight for his health, as all he wants is his mum, the same as every baby!
He is no longer with any oxygen support, which his mum is happy about. He is still very small, weighing just over 2kg. He is also experiencing some problems with his digestion and feeding.
Please pray for his continued recovery.
It was a relief to hear that Khader’s chest was successfully closed and to hear his mother say that all is well. There is great peace and joy in saying “all is well.” His mother shared these photos of precious Khader.
Please continue to pray for Khader as he recovers. He is still receiving assistance with his heart and lungs, but we hope that he will continually improve.