It was the middle of a quiet holiday evening Monday when one-year-old Kenan’s mother knocked on the staff house door with her little boy in her arms. He has for some time now been having brief episodes of oxygen denaturation, but this time she knew something was wrong. Kenan’s heart rate was far higher than usual and he was struggling to breathe.
Thanks to Rosh Hashanah there was almost no traffic on the highway to Tel Aviv, so it didn’t take long to get Kenan to the emergency room at Sheba.
Nearly eight hours after kissing him goodbye outside the OR, Kenan’s mother could finally go into his ICU room to see her little boy.
Newborn Jamal from Gaza finally had his surgery on Wednesday to switch his transposed great arteries:
Tiny Kamel from Gaza and his grandmother received a mix of news this week. Kamel developed an infection over the weekend, which has now developed into sepsis. Additionally he was briefly extubated today, but went back on the ventilator a few hours later after he stopped breathing:
Mohammed A.S. from the West Bank is making good progress in his recovery from emergency heart surgery. He was moved into the intermediate ICU this week, and the doctors are waiting for him to gain some weight before he is ready to go home. Mohammed’s mother is excited to finally be able to hold her sweet boy and feed him herself:
Baby Malak’s nasogastric feeding tube is the only thing standing between her and the journey home. The results of her videofluoroscopy last week have come back and the doctors see that she can eat soft foods like yogurt, but they may want to repeat the test once more before giving her milk by mouth.
Little Somaia from Gaza began to have trouble breathing again on Sunday and received increased support from an enhanced rapid ventilator for three days before returning to the regular ventilator. She was sedated for those three days but is now waking up slowly:
Doctors are concerned that she is not waking up fully and responding normally. Somaia’s aunt is feeling a bit discouraged and anxious; please continue in prayer for her as well as Somaia.
Our good friend two-year-old Sanad from Hebron was rushed back to Sheba hospital from a hospital in the West Bank on the eve of Rosh Hashana Sunday night, just over a week after being discharged from Sheba. After leaving Sheba Sanad had developed pericardial effusion (fluid buildup in his chest) and was hospitalized in the ICU near his home:
Meanwhile little Jwan from Gaza was discharged from Sheba hospital yesterday, two weeks after her big surgery:
Our sweet new arrivals from Kurdistan, Hazhin and Lawik, had their first evaluations at Sheba on Wednesday. It was a long day for both of them, as they had not only echoes, but ECGs, blood tests, and x-rays. But Hazhin’s dad and Lawik’s mom took good care of them throughout the day and we enjoyed the day together.
Because Hazhin and Lawik are both nearing two months of age, their cardiologists are considering a two-stage surgical repair for their transposed great arteries, as opposed to one big operation to switch the arteries. The doctors will discuss their cases at the beginning of next week and develop a plan of surgery for both babies.
Finally please pray for four newborns in Gaza, with difficult diagnoses who are all awaiting transfer to a hospital in Israel for urgent heart surgeries. After a lengthy delay while we searched for a place, Hadassah hospital has accepted little Joud, who has multiple heart defects and will be transported to Hadassah tomorrow God willing:
“The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” Messiah said. “No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Thank you for joining us in prayer,
Bria for Shevet Achim