When I visited Mohammed today I asked his mother how Mohammed was doing today. She told me then that his oxygen went down again yesterday afternoon and not surprisingly she seemed really tired and sad when she told me that. I then asked a nurse about his condition and she said the same thing that his oxygen dropped yesterday evening. As a result they had to put him back on oxygen support. But thankfully he is stable now. His X-ray yesterday even showed that his lungs are much better now. If he improves further and everything goes well, he can also be discharged soon. We hope for that as both, the mother and her child, seemed quite tired today.
You can join our prayers for Mohammed and his mom. We want to pray that he keeps improving, so that there won’t be any other obstacles. His parents and especially his mother need a lot of strength now too.
Heart failure over the weekend
When Elise and I wanted to visit Mohammed and his parents at Sheba Hospital today, we realised that he wasn’t in the same hospital room anymore, but was back in the primary ICU because he had heart failure over the weekend.
As we heard this, we were really shocked as we knew that he was doing quite well before the weekend and was recovering well. The doctor then explained that Mohammed had an infection with high fever, but thankfully he recovered well after this. His mother looked still a little worried while she tried to explain with her few words in English how Mohammed was doing over the weekend. When we finally saw Mohammed, he was quietly sleeping on his stomach, waking up a little and falling asleep again.
Please pray for Mohammed, that he recovers well without any more difficulties. Let’s pray also for his parents. Thankfully they are not alone, but have each other as they are both with their son in hospital.
At the end of the day Mohammed was stable and was moved back to the secondary ICU.
Little Mohammed was moved to the intermediate cardiac ICU early today. He had a small fever last night, but he’s over it now. When I
visited him and his mother this morning, he was feeling a bit hungry. A nurse brought him some sugar-water in a syringe, and a bottle of milk. As soon as his mother began to feed him, he stopped crying and began to smile behind the syringe.
The doctors really want him to gain weight now, as he is so small. Please pray he will stay healthy, and that he will gain enough weight.
After waiting for some time until he was ready to breath on his own, Mohammed was finally extubated today at Sheba Hospital. We are so thankful that he is doing well and is making good recovery progress after his long successful surgery a few days ago. When I visited Mohammed today, he was a little restless, moving around trying to sleep.
Please pray for this little baby that still has much treatment ahead of him. His parents and also Mohammed himself will need a lot of strength and help on this uncertain and difficult road.
We thank God for the expertise of the medical staff at Sheba Hospital and pray for continued healing and strength for Mohammed and his parents.
Our little Mohammed is still stable after his surgery at Sheba Hospital. The doctors had hoped to extubate him today, but after they looked at his chest x-ray, they decided not to.
He is still intubated, but his heart seems to still be functioning well. The doctors will check again tomorrow to see if he’s ready for extubation.
Today his big sister and grandmother came for a visit, much to the delight of his parents. Please pray that his heart will continue to work well, and that he will be able to successfully be extubated either tomorrow or as soon as possible.
Our tiny Mohammed. had his big surgery today. The doctors had originally thought, when he was first transferred from the West Bank, that the left side of his heart was too small to be repaired. However, during this surgery, the doctors at Sheba Medical Center were able to close the holes in his heart, and to repair the valve on the left side of his heart. They have hope now that his heart will be able to function normally.
His sweet mother had a long wait during his seven-hour-long surgery, and then more waiting afterwards for the doctor to come and explain how Mohammed’s doing. She was very patient, along with her husband and his uncle who are also in the hospital with her.
The doctors are hoping to extubate Mohammed tomorrow if he stays stable. Please pray that his heart will continue to function well as he recovers from his surgery, and that he will be successfully extubated tomorrow.
Surgery scheduled for Sunday
We visited Mohammed and his mother at Sheba Hospital today. When we entered their room, they were both sleeping.
I took a few minutes and spoke to the doctor briefly. Mohammed is doing well after the diagnostic cath. He has slight elevation.The operation is scheduled for Sunday.
When Mohammed’s mother was awake and able to talk, I spoke with her for a bit. She is very tired so shortly after the birth of this baby, and is in consultation with the doctor; she would like to go home for a few days, but there is no replacement chaperone available at the moment, as her own mother is not allowed to come.
I also sensed that Mohammed’s mother is very anxious about the operation coming up Sunday. Prayers go up for her, for Mohammed, and for a successful surgery.
Learning Arabic while waiting
Mohammed had his diagnostic cath at Sheba Hospital today. When we went up to the Pediatric ICU on floor six of the Children’s Hospital of Sheba Medical Center, we found Mohammed’s parents waiting. They told us that Mohammed was brought into surgery around 11 am.
While waiting for the procedure to be finished, coworker Claudia and I tried our best to learn some Arabic words from Mohammed’s lovely parents. Even though we couldn’t remember most of the words anymore after just a few minutes, we had a great time together.
Mohammed’s mother expressed how important it was for her that Claudia stayed with them for the whole time. This shows how great an impact compassion and love for our neighbours can have. The doctors could tell afterwards that Mohammed will need a surgery and will work on a treatment plan.
Praise the Lord for Mohammed and his parents. We pray for his journey and that God will hold his protecting hands over Mohammed and his family.
Two days ago we heard that a new baby from the West Bank was transferred to Sheba Hospital, and we visited him today. Even though his mother didn’t know me, she was very kind and welcoming. She showed me little Mohammed who was sleeping calmly.
Our newest little Mohammed has a long list of heart defects and has to undergo surgery soon. The doctors didn’t know if he will have surgery tomorrow or if they can wait a bit longer.
It was so beautiful to stay with the two of them. Mohammed’s mother even tried to teach us some Arabic, but while writing this blog, I realised that I forgot every word she tried to teach me.
Please pray for strength for Mohammed and his family in those uncertain days. We want to thank the Lord for the doctors at Sheba, who consistently do their best to help all the kids, and will do so for Mohammed.