We entered Hadassah Hospital without knowing for sure in which room little Mohammed had to stay. Although Mohammed had spent a few days back at Shevet he had to revisit Hadassah due to an infection. After we visited Hassan we had no idea where we should go. But instead of wasting a lot of time in searching Mohammed’s room, God sent us the guidance of an incredibly kind and open nurse and “Alena Maps” via FaceTime (calling Alena to give us directions).
The reason for our visit was Mohammed’s discharge. The first impression I got of Mohammed and his mom was a very tired mom and a moody child. During a conversation with Mohammed’s mom, we found out that the hospital scheduled an appointment for Mohammed on the following day. Due to that Mohammed and his mom would have to travel one hour to Tel Aviv and come back to Jerusalem the next morning. This long drive made Mohammed’s mom very sick and she asked if she could stay in Jerusalem another night. Her exhaustion was clear to see. So we asked the doctor if there was any possibility for Mohammed and his mom to stay. In this doctor we found an Angel that started calling every person that could make a stay possible.
Still this meant a long period of waiting for us. During this time we tried to play with Mohammed, whose mood started changing and his face turned from crying to a big wide smile. Especially as he encountered Georgia’s hair tie. And maybe we were also able to provide a little bit of God’s caring to Mohammed’s mom. While we were playing with Mohammed she fell asleep and was able to take a nap and to gain new strength. In the end the doctor was able to get a room for Mohammed and his mom so they didn’t have to take on the long ride.
God’s guidance and provision was visible in helping us to find the right room and the good encounters with the nurses and doctors and also in providing a nap for Mohammed’s mom and giving her a room where she could spent the night. God knows the little things we need and he loves to take care of those too
Precious Mohammed was readmitted into Hadassah Hospital yesterday. He had been fretful all day but physically well when his mother asked Diana to assess him because he was unsettled and crying. When she examined Mohammed she found he had a high temperature and a small inflamed area on his chest which might have been a drain site. We rushed Mohammed to the hospital where they did some blood tests and a chest X-ray, thankfully his ECHO was normal but in view of his recent surgery they decided to readmit for observation while awaiting his results. Please pray for his mother who although a strong person is pregnant and completely exhausted. When we told her we wanted to take Mohammed to the hospital she briefly broke down crying before calmly gathering her belongings and preparing Mohammed for the trip. We also pray for Mohammed as he has learnt to fear people who examine him even if just with a stethoscope and bursts into tears if he sees someone wearing scrubs. This beautiful boy has a great sense of humour and loves playing peekaboo and other games with the volunteers. We pray his hospital visit will be short and he will come back to us quickly
Today we went to pick up Mohammed and Mom from Hadassah hospital because he was being discharged 9 days after his surgery. God has been good to him and Mom! Mohammed still has high pressure in his lungs so he needs to continue with the medication that helps him. We found them in their room with everything packed and very ready to leave! Mom had many gifts from people there: a beautiful new stroller, toys, food, and milk for him. The recommendation now is for Mohammed to gain weight so he needs to eat very well and drink lots of milk.
This morning I received word from Mohammed’s mother that the doctors had received the results from the cath yesterday and they would be able to move forward with surgery. This was wonderful news and even more wonderful when they said they would perform his surgery this afternoon!
He went into surgery in the late afternoon and his mother was very nervous about the operation. The doctors said they were hoping to close two holes in his heart and it would be a longer surgery, around 6 hours.
Praise God, the surgery ended a few hours later with a good report from the doctors, the surgery was successful! They were able to close both holes and found that there was another small one but it did not need to be closed as they believe it will close on its own. His mother was so relieved and overjoyed to hear the wonderful news.
We thank God for this precious life and ask for your continued prayers in these next 24 hours which are always critical. If all goes well, they will extubate him in the morning.
Thank God for His steady hands on this little boy’s life.
Today, Mohammed began his journey to healing as the doctors at Hadassah hospital performed a diagnostic cath to determine the condition of his heart. Due to high pressure in the lungs and two holes in his heart, they needed to see exactly if they will be able to perform surgery.
It was a difficult start for his mother as she was, expectedly, very upset. It is so difficult to travel out of your home to a foreign land, and yet this mother has done this before, when they had to flee their home in Syria.
Yet, she is walking in faith that the doctors here will find a way to help her precious son. The cath was a bit long and the mother grew more nervous as it continued. But she was able to release all that tension when she saw him being wheeled out just a few hours later.
It seems the doctors were able to see what they needed and also took some tests that they will look at to determine the possibility of surgery. Please be praying for this precious mother and son. First of all that they will be able to move forward as hoped but also for comfort as they wait in a foreign room in a hospital far from home, trusting for good news for Mohammed.
Mohammed and his mother had a day out at old Jaffa with Dale who accompanied them. They enjoyed the sea and later some ice cream. It was so lovely to see them both more relaxed, smiling and eating better as they prepare to go back to hospital on Sunday.
Mohammed was discharged from Hadassah Hospital Wednesday, to wait for his scheduled cardiac catheterization on Monday (he will be re-admitted to Hadassah on Sunday).
He and mom are gradually adjusting to life at the house in Jaffa, which is quite busy and sometimes chaotic with so many families in these past few weeks!
Dale, who transported Mohammed and his mom from near Amman, has been a great support to both mom and little Mo in these past few days— they’ve been on short walks to the beach, and around the neighborhood. Last evening they attended the farewell party for Darbaz. Mohammed definitely liked the singing and the chocolate frosting from the cake!
I believe that the Lord has given us these extra days in order to intercede for Mohammed— that the catheterization will show that his lung pressures are low enough to allow this surgery.
Most parents pray that their child WILL NOT need surgery- in this case, please pray with us that Mohammed WILL BE a good candidate for surgical correction, and that his thin, frail body will tolerate the surgery, which will be higher risk due to his age (if care had been available, he would have had surgery before 6 months of age).
Nothing is too big or hard for our Father! Let’s pray together and watch his mighty power in the lives of Mohammed and his family.
Syrian refugee Mohammed arrived to Hadassah Hospital today with his mother, after the lengthy trip from Jordan.
Mohammed, his mother, and transporter/facilitator Dale met our Shevet team at the Jordan/Israeli border. After a quick check to ensure that he was stable…. then paperwork, waiting, fee-paying, passport-stamping, and multiple conversations and explanations, guided by our experienced staffer Suhail… we escorted the trio from their taxi, through the border, into the bus, and finally settled in the Shevet van for the 2+ hour drive to Hadassah.
Mohammed was definitely NOT a fan of the car seat, but mom managed to calm him by breastfeeding, even with him in the car seat. By the time we arrived at the hospital, all three exhausted travelers had taken a nap!
With thin little arms, legs, and trunk, Mohammed’s body seems younger, while his deep brown huge eyes reflect a wisdom much older than his 16 months. His whole body moves when he breathes, trying to oxygenate his little body despite his overworked heart.
Admission to the ICU at Hadassah was a lengthy process that threatened to overwhelm both mom and Mohammed. They made it through all the questions, initial exams, lab draw, and vital sign checks. Finally, two bananas (one to eat and one to play with!) and a small xylophone toy brought the tentative smiles we had been waiting to see all day.
Please pray for Mohammed, as he undergoes more cardiac testing such as an echocardiogram today, and a cardiac catheterization soon. The results of this catheterization will tell the medical team if Mohammed can have surgery to close his three heart defects. Also pray for his newly-pregnant mom, as she faces this emotionally- difficult second opinion— to see if her only son is eligible for life saving surgery.
As you can see in these pictures, mom has experienced a range of emotions today; hope, fear, tenderness, anticipation, exhaustion. She readily accepted our prayers in the ICU room before we left her in the hands of he Hadassah ICU team.
Year-old Mohammed is from a refugee family which has fled war-torn Syria, and consequently appropriate medical care for his multiple heart defects has been neglected. We are praying to get him to Israel before pulmonary hypertension becomes irreversible and doctors decide that he can no longer be healed through open-heart surgery.