I really enjoyed meeting his mum. She was very welcoming, and told us that she was married for 10 years before she and her husband were able to have children. She also began IVF treatment, so deep was their desire to have children. I could see how her heart was full of love as she beamed whilst showing me photos of her other children; she has twin boys and a girl. Fathi looks a lot like one of his brothers!
Praise God, that today was the day God opened the door for surgery for little Fathi. As we waited, his mother invited co-worker Joela and me to eat with her. Over our meal she shared a little about Gaza. She told us that the doctors in the Israeli hospital are very clever, and they have much more equipment. In Gaza they are able to provide oxygen and just this. She said the surgery on her precious baby’s heart is so difficult, and it wouldn’t be safe for him to have a surgery like this in Gaza. She was worried that he would die there, but here in Israel, she felt more confident.
And thankfully the surgery has been successfully completed. Fathi had some bleeding, and his blood pressure dropped, but now as he receives a blood transfusion, his blood pressure is increasing and he is growing increasingly stable.