Today our cute little girl was finally discharged from the Sheba Hospital. Her grandmother couldn’t have been happier as she was waiting to finally go home and spend the rest of Ramadan with her family. Rahaf is such a cute little girl and it’s always so special to see a child for the first time out of their room in the ICU. She is still so tiny and we loved it to hold the little girl in our arms.
When I sat with Rahaf’s grandmother today she proudly told me that Rahaf had her surgery today and is doing good. First I thought something got lost in translation because my Arabic language skills are not really existent, but when I came into her room, the nurse confirmed that she had successful surgery this morning. They took her in for surgery at seven and she was all done already two hours later. The surgery went without complications and they were able to fix her interrupted aortic arch by connecting the two ends of the aorta that weren’t connected before. She is doing very well after surgery and maybe even can get extubated in the next days. When her grandmother and I stood besides her bed, she opened her eyes a little bit and looked around the room before she fell asleep again to rest some more after this exhausting day.
Let us pray for her further recovery and thank the Lord for everything he has done for her today and in the days since she was born into this world.
Rahaf who is just a few weeks old arrived today together with her grandmother in an ambulance from Gaza. The doctors and nurses in the Pediatric ICU at Sheba Hospital checked her and ran a few tests which showed that she has Coarctation of the Aorta. She is now stable, intubated and receiving medication as a first treatment.
The doctor couldn’t tell me anything specific about a surgery or treatment plans for her. For now they want to see how Rahaf’s heart reacts to the medicine she is getting and in what way it is helping her.
Rahaf’s grandmother was really worried and afraid of what could happen to Rahaf. She and her granddaughter had just arrived; probably this is grandmother’s first time in Israel, in an Israeli hospital, and she didn’t seem to know what was going on. Also it took a long time until she was allowed to go inside Rahaf’s room. And even then she didn’t go directly to the bed to see Rahaf, but quietly sat on a chair looking over to the bed while tears ran down her face.
Please pray for Rahaf and the doctors who are treating her. Please also pray for her grandmother who has just arrived in a completely different environment. The next weeks won’t be easy for either of them, but they will have us volunteers and you in prayers on their side.