This morning our sweet Mira had an Echo follow-up appointment in Sheba Hospital. Since she is from the Westbank, she and her father got to the hospital on their own and unfortunately we missed them and couldn‘t meet them anymore. But her father sent us this cute picture of her.
The result of her Echo is that her heart is really good. She will come back in six months for another Echo. So thankful she is doing well.
Today we met cute Mira and her kind father at Sheba hospital. She was first sleeping for a while and then happily making friends with all the other kids she met. She was here for and ECG, echo and x-ray and all the examinations showed that she is doing very well.
Her doctor was completely content with her situation and wants to see her again in six month. Until then she will enjoy her time back home with her family. Thank you for all the prayers for our good friend.
Already out of her room again
This day we met Mira and her dad everywhere in Sheba Children’s Hospital wing but not in her room. She is doing very well and has already been moved back to the pediatric ward.
Mira will not be given antibiotics tomorrow and her infection is nearly gone. During her time in the ICU, some low heart rates were detected and a Holter test has been ordered for tomorrow to find out more about her heart rates. If everything looks good, she may be discharged at the end of the week.
Thanks for praying for our little cute girl!
Surgery to clean surgery scar
Today, coworkers Esther, Petra and I approached the building of Sheba Children’s Hospital, we found Mira dancing on the table outside. She looked happy and gave us a smile. Then we heard that she was going to have the surgery today, to open her scar from the previous heart surgery.
In the afternoon Mira went into the OR, and the surgery finished one and a half hours later. The surgeons opened her scar a bit and removed infected areas. It was not as infected as they thought it would be, which is good. Praise God. Now she just needs to wake up fully.
Let’s pray that the good Lord keep Mira safe in his hand and may the doctors make the best decision concerning her treatment further.
Today I met my little friend Mira as soon as I entered the echo area of Sheba Children’s Hospital. She was smiling and walking to me with her arms in the air so that I could take her in my arms.
She is such a cute and happy child, but nothing brings more smiles into her faces than glasses.
Later I talked with her doctor who shared with me the not so nice news that Mira probably will need surgery soon. Her scar is still infected and even though she gets antibiotics, the surgeon team that she saw today thinks it is probably the best to open the scar again.
Please pray for our little friend, that God will protect her and heal her!
As coworker Petra wrote yesterday, Mira came back yesterday to the Pediatric ER at Sheba Hospital with her father. There was some fluid seeping from her scar after her heart surgery, and the doctor in Hebron sent them back at Sheba.
Her scar seems to be infected. The doctors at Sheba are treating her with antibiotics intravenously and also with a topical treatment to put on the scar directly. The surgeon is going to examine the scar and then they will decide how to treat Mira further. They do not think that they need to open the scar again, but there is a possibility for that.
When coworker Esther and I visited her today in her room, Mira was sleeping. Let’s pray for the wisdom for the doctors, that they can know what is exactly going on with her and the best plan for her.
Today brought the good news that Mira is doing so well that she can go home to Hebron. She had a blood test before she left, and the doctor explained to her dad how to do all her meds. In the late afternoon finally everything was ready so that they could drive back home together with some other friends.
Mira will come back in a month for another echo and we pray that God will keep her safe and bless her time with family until then!
Mira’s father is patiently and lovingly caring for his little Mira as her recovery from surgery continues.
It has not been an easy season for this family from Hebron; Mira’s younger sister Aisha was also born with a heart condition, and died last week following surgery at a hospital in East Jerusalem.
Thank you for your prayers for this family.
Our funny friend Mira has a very big love for all kinds of glasses. The first thing she wanted to get today was my glasses. She was smiling a lot when I visited her at Sheba Hospital, and we played together with her little ball and some other toys.
Her doctor told me that she has developed a fever and they suspect she has an infection. Her leg, thank God, is completely fine again.
Let us pray that Mira will recover soon from her infection!
Moved to secondary ICU; walking
Today we visited Mira in Sheba Hospital. She was moved in the last days to the secondary ICU, so she is doing better.
She still sometimes needs a nebulizer, but the saturation of her leg has improved.
Today we were very happy to see that she was walking. We enjoyed seeing her moving again. Her father was with her in the hospital room, and he seemed to be happy about Mira’s progress too.
Smiling, and making eyes again
Mira’s smiling and making eyes again, sitting in her bed, making facial expressions, moving her legs and having fun with her dad. It was really great to behold.
The results of the test she was having about the saturation in her leg, are good. The doctors still want to keep an eye on her until the inflammation on her leg diminishes.
Praying for her recovery and strength for her family, having already suffered the loss of Mira’s sister. My heartfelt condolences for the families and prayers go up for them.
Today I heard the good news about Mira, that she is doing well after her successful surgery yesterday. She is already extubated and has a perfect oxygen of 100.
When I was visiting her and her father, she was awake and crying a little bit.
Let us pray for further improvement and a fast recovery of this little girl!
Successful but complex surgery
Mira had a complex surgery at Sheba Hospital today which took eight hours. The doctor said the surgery was, in general terms, a success.
Her father was walking through all the hospital while he waited to hear some news about his daughter.
When At the end of Mira’s surgery, a lot of different specialists came to check Mira and take some saturation tests; they wanted to be sure to have some response from the right leg. Mira’s leg began to turn red at the end of the procedure and the doctors wanted to keep an eye on her to see her improvement after the surgery.
They plan to extubate Mira tomorrow, please pray for her fast recovery.
Today Mira and her father came to Sheba Medical Center to be admitted. Everything went well and she was sleeping when I visited them. Mira’s father cared very much for her and it was a good time with them.
Mira is going to have her catheterization tomorrow or in two days.
Please pray for her and her father and that the catheterization goes well and for the hand of God at work during the operation.
Most days at Shevet have a plan and a structure, but once things get going and you are in the middle of a busy hospital day, God is so kind at putting the things before you which must be done.
In this case, we were in exactly the right place at the right time to see Mira and her father arrive at Sheba Hospital and to take them to their Echo-cardiogram. Apparently Mira’s dad had already notified all his friends who are still at the hospital about the appointment today, so there were many happy reunions as we arrived to the cardiac floor! This was so great to witness and was one of my favorite moments of the day.
Mira did very well in her Echo, the technician was able to capture over 100 images of her heart. The Cardiologist informed the father that her heart is in a very good condition and for the moment Mira doesn’t need further intervention, but this will be re-evaluated when she comes in two month f’s time for another Echo. Her father was very happy to hear of his daughter’s health and to see her oxygen saturation was at 98%!
After this, we went across the hallway to a consultation with the Geneticist who spoke at length with Mira’s father about the genetic mutation Mira has, and how it can be predicated in other relatives. The Geneticist was very kind and understanding that what she was communicating was new for him and not the easiest information to understand, but she communicated everything with clarity and compassion.
We will see Mira again in two months for what will basically be a repeat of today: an Echo-cardiogram and genetics consult. Please pray for Mira to continue to progress and grow, and for their family as they care for this lovely girl.
Mira moved from ICU to Pediatric Ward
Baby Mira has been moved from the Sheba Medical Center Childrens’ ICU to the Pediatric Ward floor. She and her father are now sharing a room with Ziad, a child from Gaza and his dad; these two fathers are good friends which is a lot of fun.
Mira’s dad proudly showed pictures of his family, which included many of his three children together. He is hoping to return home to them in Hebron soon. Please continue in your prayers for this little one, that her healing may be complete and the family reunited.
No discharge yet for precious little Mira
Today, I visited cute little Mira and her dad at Sheba Medical Center. Mira’s dad was asleep when I arrived, so I couldn’t talk to him. I just went into their room quietly and looked at Mira. She was also sleeping peacefully.
Sadly, the doctors had to take precious Mira from the fourth floor to the sixth floor (ICU) again, due to a problem with her lungs. Hopefully it can be resolved quickly and easily. This also means she will not soon be discharged.
We need your prayers for this precious and strongly fighting Mira, that she will recover well and for her dad who is sad and hoping for a discharge very soon. Thank you.
Great news awaited us when we found Mira’s dedicated father by her side today: for the last 24 hours she has been breathing on her own! This is a huge step forward in her recovery from the emergency repair of her Tetralogy of Fallot heart defect. Medical staff are waiting to see if this will continue; please join in our prayers that the Giver of breath will complete his good work in Mira’s life.
Today Jonathan and I were visiting Mira and her dad. Right now she still has to get oxygen by a ventilator. When they tried to let her breathe on her own it wasn‘t eso they had to reconnect her to the respirator. But the dad was really convinced that if God wants than he will help Mira to get better. So please pray for little Mira and the continuing of her recovering.
Just in time to save her life
I saw Mira’s father today, who invited me to come and visit her in the intensive care unit. I was surprised to learn that she had been put into the ICU, as when I saw her yesterday she didn’t seem too unwell, and I thought that the cardiologist had requested to admit her to hospital more as a precaution.
However, her father told me that her oxygen levels had dropped very low, down to 40%, and that Mira had been intubated. It was so unexpected!
When we approached her room, we stood outside the glass door, and watched about 5 people standing around her bed, as she had an echo. The father said that they had been in there for about an hour and a half. Suddenly one of the nurses came out and told the father that there was a problem with blood in her lungs, and that they needed to take her immediately into an open-heart surgery. Her dad took a few seconds to process this information; it was a complete shock. Her room filled with staff bringing oxygen tanks and various pieces of equipment.
We watched as the team worked so wonderfully together to fight for the life of Mira, preparing to transfer her into the operating room. Occasionally we were able to catch glimpses of her; her tiny body looked limp, grey and blue.
Mira was nearly six hours in the operating theatre, and when she reached the ICU doctors there explained that the surgery brought her back from the brink of death.
Thank God for the wisdom of the doctors yesterday and today, and that in His timing, Mira returned to the hospital, just in time to save her life.
First time holding her baby girl
Friday afternoon as the Shabbat was drawing near our partners at the Sheba Medical Center asked us to return newborn Mira to her home in Hebron, on a hilltop overlooking the ancient burial site of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah:
Mira had been rushed immediately after birth to the ICU in Hebron, and then to Israel for a life-saving catheterization. We were privileged now to be eyewitnesses of the first time her mother was ever able to hold her:
Families like these sometimes tell us that when you form a relationship with them, you’re actually reaching a whole clan of five thousand. The impact of each little life, multiplied like the loaves and fishes. Command the blessing Lord, life forevermore!
Understanding Mira's heart
Doctors worked today to gain understanding of the complex anatomy of Mira’s heart, including a CT scan. Until they come up with a surgical plan next week, Mira remains snug and secure in the ICU.
Thank God, today precious Mira was safely transferred into the loving hands of the team at the Sheba Medical Center. Doctors will be stabilizing her and reassessing her heart condition in order to develop a plan of treatment.
Mira was hospitalized in Hebron when doctors discovered her heart defects shortly after her birth. On the second day she developed severe cyanosis and had to go on a ventilator. Later she was again able to breathe on her own, but kept alive pending surgery only through an intravenous medication to keep a ductus open in her heart.
After a wait of two weeks the hospitals in nearby Jerusalem still had no beds available for Mira, so we turned to our partners at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. Our coworker Amar is working to arrange her urgent transfer.