Abdullah is the seventh child born to a policeman in the Gaza Strip. His parents noticed he was blue after birth, but only when they took him for his first immunizations at the age of 12 days did doctors realize Abdullah was born with heart defects. He was rushed to the ICU of the local hospital where emergency support was started until he could be transferred to Israel.
Thank God, Israel’s largest hospital the Sheba Medical Center made a place for Abdullah–despite the challenges of the coronavirus–and we transferred him there by ICU ambulance on Friday afternoon, just before the start of the new lockdown in Israel before the long Yom Kippur weekend:
After examining Abdullah’s heart, doctors in Israel confirmed he has single ventricle physiology, and will need three surgeries over the next two years to allow him to live and grow. Abdullah is currently stable and awaiting surgery the morning after Yom Kippur, unless his situation deteriorates over the holiday.