Two-day-old Motasem was blue immediately after his birth in Gaza, and when doctors investigated they found he has transposition of the great arteries. This means his heart is pumping blue blood out to his body. He is being kept alive through mechanical ventilation and an infusion of prostaglandin, which keeps open a small ductus to the heart that normally closes after birth.
Motasem can have a normal life through emergency surgery to switch his great arteries back to the normal position. This is available only in Israel, which is largely closed down today for the Purim holiday, which commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in Persia in the days of Queen Esther, also known as Hadassah.
Thank God, doctors at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem have agreed to accept Motasem on this holiday, and we are working at this hour to rush him to Jerusalem in an ICU ambulance.