Today, when coworker Amelie and I went to the cardiologist floor of Sheba Hospital, Salma was already in her stroller outside of her room. I talked with a nurse and she said, that Salma is discharged to Gaza. This is good news and amazing that she is doing well for now.
Salma is a very cute and beautiful little girl, and in nearly every situation, calm and relaxed. Even if she is not speaking so much, her facial expressions say enough. It’s very nice to see how Salma observes the people and area around her. Her mother is a lovely person and you can really see she has a good and trustful relationship with her daughter. She is also very friendly with all of us here at Shevet.
In around one month, Salma has to come back for a follow check up; doctors will know then how the rest of Salma’s treatment will go. After everything was done and the nurse explained to Salma’s mother how to prepare the medication, then we drove back to Gaza.
Today coworker Hanna and I went to Erez Crossing point to pick up Salma and her mother to bring them to Sheba Hospital where Salma was admitted to the secondary ICU because she will have a catheterization tomorrow.
We are praying for an effective and safe procedure for little Salma tomorrow.
Today, after six months, beautiful Salma returned to Sheba hospital in Tel Aviv for a follow-up echo.
.When Salma was in Tel Aviv the last time, I hadn’t been a volunteer for Shevet Achim yet. So when I looked at some of the pictures taken of Salma half a year ago, I was amazed to see how the little girl has grown and changed. Even though this transition from baby to toddler is somehow so “normal,” seeing the blessing of her growing and becoming stronger touched me and reminded me of how our lives change once we grow in faith!
Unfortunately, little Salma needs to come back for catheterization in two weeks. The mother is very tired of the trips from Gaza to Tel Aviv and a bit disappointed that she has to come back another time. Besides her need for catheterization, Salma is growing and feeling well.
Please pray for strength and endurance for Salma’s mother – and, of course, for continuous health and Salma’s catheterization in two week’s time.
“She’s so cute. I know it’s not really medical, but it’s true.” This is what Salma’s cardiologist replied when I asked how Salma is. And sometimes, no news is good news– Salma’s echo and ECG this afternoon showed that all is well with her heart and there’s nothing new to report.
Currently our house is nearly full with many Kurdish families. Thankfully, we still had enough room for Salma and her sweet mother.
Until Tuesday then!
Doctors ran a couple of tests today, then Salma was admitted into her room. Salma is now big enough to get the surgery she needs. So hopefully the results from the tests and the catherization will show that she is ready for it. Please pray for this.
Salma’s mother was tired from the whole day, but still very nice, patient all day, and faithfully taking care of Salma who was upset by the sight of any doctor or nurse entering her room.
Little Salma was discharged from Sheba Medical Center today, after only three days in the hospital. A real supergirl. Praise the Lord. When co-worker Georgia and I were at the hospital today, Salma’s kind mother told us with joy that she and her little daughter can be discharged from the hospital already – today! What a gift from God.
When we went to her room in the Secondary Pediatric ICU, little Supergirl was peacefully sleeping in her little bed. We brought Salma’s loving mother and little Salma along with three other families to our community house in Jaffa. It is always lovely to see how the mothers that had been with us for a while now, are helping the new mothers that are coming to our home. One of our lovely mothers did this for the mother of Salma today as well.
Both, Salma and her lovely mother are very peaceful, and it is nice to have them with us for a few days. Salma needs to take some medication and come back to the hospital on Sunday for a follow-up. Please pray for our little Supergirl and her kind mother as they are in God’s hands.
Salma’s mother knows a few English words, but not enough to make everything we wanted to communicate clear enough. So what a blessing it is that some of the medical staff at Sheba speak Arabic.
The doctor appointed to speak with Salma’s mother also spoke in Arabic and was able to both ask and answer some questions. This made Salma’s mother understand and be encouraged by the care that would be put in place for little Salma, her beloved baby.
Cute little Salma didn’t like to be checked by medical staff for her examination. We tried to play with her, to sing, and thankfully somehow diverted her. But this beautiful little girl found comfort only in the arms of her mum.
It took time with our appointment. After her Echo-cardiogram, the doctor told us that Salma’s condition is stable enough to have an Intra-cardiac Catheterization. Their plan is to delete the Stent that was applied formerly.
Salma has a room on floor 5 after some long waiting for it. We hope she and her mother will have a blessed rest before the new day. Please pray with us about the Catheterisation for sweet Salma and for the medical staff who will work at improving and restoring her little heart.
She was relying on a medication to keep her Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) open, but by way of a catheterization, doctors were able to place stents in her PDA to keep it open and allow for the circulation of oxygenated blood to her small body. Praise God, she recovered and responded very well to the procedure. She was discharged with medications.
One of the medications which helps prevent blood clots developing in her stent, was not readily available at the major local pharmacy. It was not possible to obtain until a few days later. One of Salma’s relatives drove all the way to the border to deliver this medication for Salma.
Our neighbor Moshe kindly brought Salma and her mother from the hospital to Erez Border Crossing. They navigated many challenges, but praise God that Salma was able to return to Gaza. The doctors would like her to return in a month for a follow-up visit, and possibly later in life, she may need a surgery.
Please pray for their time together in the quarantine house, which is mandatory for all returning to Gaza. We look forward to seeing her soon.
Newborn Salma was resting quietly in the Sheba Hospital ICU when I met her today. Even being only a little over a week old, she resembles her beautiful mother so much.
I got to chat with her for a bit and explain who I was and that I was a volunteer from Shevet. She had so much peace about her even in the midst of the ICU. She’s a lovely woman.
Please pray for Salma’s future, she will have an interventional catheterization in two days, God willing.