Joud’s family brought her to doctors in the Gaza Strip after noticing she was blue at the age of 12 days. To their shock, an echocardiogram showed she was born with transposition of the great arteries. This means that her heart is pumping blue blood back out into the body, rather than the red blood coming from the lungs. The only thing keeping her alive is a large hole between the ventricles of her heart, which allows some mixing to take place there of the red and blue blood.
We rushed Joud tonight to the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, where she’ll have an emergency surgery to switch the great arteries back to their intended place. She’s arrived on the eve of Yom Kippur, and we expect Israeli doctors will stabilize her, examine her heart, and prepare for her surgery after the solemn holy day.