In the last days, Hala was improving day by day. After just a few days she didn’t need any oxygen support anymore and was breathing completely by herself. Also her eating habits became better and now she is eating and eating, gaining weight and looking better every day. When she is not crying because she wants more milk, she is smiling at us and enjoying the company of her grandmother. Thankfully Hala’s doctor decided in the afternoon after an echo, that she is safe to go home to Gaza.
Hala will still need time in Gaza to recover since her lungs were damaged from severe pneumonia. Also she will see a cardiologist there who will do some check ups. Because of her eyes, Hala had to see a ophthalmologist in hospital. In February she will return for another appointment since the doctors want to make sure that the movement of her eyes are normal.
After a long wait in the hospital, Hala was finally discharged and we took her and her grandmother with the train to Ashdod where other volunteers were finally bringing her to the border. Also it was a long day and a really long journey for Hala and her grandmother, but we were happy to spend their last day here with them together. Since they came here, I’ve been enjoying my time with them so much. But I am even more grateful that Hala is now so much better and can finally be with her parents again.
Please continue to pray for them and the full recovery of Hala. Hopefully she can safely return in one month for her next appointment and we’ll see her again.
“Thank you Lord for the life of Hala and the joy we had with her and her grandmother. Thank you for this grandmother who was such a blessing to us in hospital and for the loving- kindness she showed us.“
Hala’s grandmother was really happy today to tell me that Hala gained weight since yesterday and that she’s now eating better on her own. Thank God she is doing really well and could even be discharged soon.
Her doctor confirmed that Hala is gaining weight and how great that is for her health condition. They still need to watch her carefully and see if she’s gaining more. Also Hala’s lungs need to recover fully since she had severe pneumonia when she came from Gaza. She still gets a little oxygen support, but will hopefully soon be able to breath without any help.
Just by looking at her, we can see that she’s so much better. Today again she smiled brightly when her grandmother talked to her and cuddled her. Hopefully Hala will improve even more and soon be able to go back home to be with her parents and the rest of her family. Thank God at Hala’s good recove
Today I found Hala in her new room in the pediatric ward of Sheba Hospital. Since she is doing so well, there’s no need for her to stay in the ICU anymore. Her doctor told me she is fine. They are only a bit worried about her because she is still not eating by herself, but via feeding tube. She also needs to gain more weight. In the next days, they want to find out why she can’t eat by herself and find a solution for that.
Also her eyes have some troubles, so they will also need to check what they can do about that. In the meantime, Hala and her grandmother are patiently waiting. Her grandmother asked me today already when they could go home. Unfortunately it will still take a little while since Hala is now dealing with these other problems. Hopefully she will be better soon and can get home again.
Also today, Hala’s grandmother was smiling brightly and was so happy to see me, but also to show me how well Hala is doing after her surgery. Hala was sleeping but woke up a few times and fell asleep again after I stroked her forehead and held her tiny hand. Thank God for how well Hala is doing. Thank you for your prayers for her.
When we entered Hala’s room today in Hadassah Hospital, Hala’s grandmother was directly telling us that Hala should be extubated today! I could already see from afar that she was kind of awake, having her eyes open and moving her tongue all the time. As soon as I stepped to her bedside, she seemed to recognize me and was waking more. It was nice to see her that lively, only half a week after her surgery.
We had to leave for only a few hours, but when we came back, the doctors and nurses in the ICU were just about to extubate her. As soon as it was done, she seemed to be doing fine. Seeing her breathing on her own and having 100% oxygen saturation, we rejoiced about her situation. Her grandmother was so happy as I’ve never seen her and the nurse even had to tell her to take it slow, to not excite Hala too much. For now she is really stable and probably won’t need another surgery.
This was a huge step today for Hala, thank Gpd. Please keep on praying for her recovery.
After four hours in surgery, Hala was finally back in her room. The whole time her grandmother was really worried, but also she was so thankful that coworker Elise and I were waiting with her during the surgery. When we were with Hala back in the room, grandmother started to cry, maybe out of worries or out of gladness and relief.
Thank God, the doctors were able to repair everything that was not okay in Hala’s heart, so when the doctor was finished with explaining what they did in the surgery, he added that her heart is now in a usual cardiac condition. They not only connected the pulmonary veins to the left atrium (from where the oxygen-rich blood coming from the lungs goes to the body), but they also closed the little hole in the wall between the two atriums. Thanks to the hole, at least some of the oxygen-rich blood could travel to the left atrium where it should be and go from there to the body, but now that they fixed the problem, the hole became unnecessary. We are so glad that her surgery went so well and soon afterwards we could even see that her oxygen levels were at 99%!
While the nurse was still putting Hala in the right position, Hala got tears in her eyes. It was a whole different situation today than from before, because Hala’s eyes were different from other kids, in that they were open. Not only was the situation more emotional for us volunteers, but especially for Hala’s grandmother who loves her granddaughter so much.
Please continue to pray for Hala as the first day after surgery is still critical. Her grandmother needs strength and encouragement. May both of them be well and can see the rest of their family soon again.
Hala is still stable today and there isn’t much change in her condition from yesterday. She and her grandmother are patiently waiting for the surgery tomorrow which is planned for the afternoon. When I asked the nurse how Hala is doing, she also told me that Hala loves it when you stroke her on her forehead, that it helps her to relax. I saw her moving a lot in her tiny bed when I visited her, so I held her head gently for a while. It was amazing to see how she soon afterwards slept peacefully, but gave us once a little smile beforehand. She gets some sedation so she is never fully awake, but the doctors don’t want to give her too much. This is why she can move a little and sometimes looks more awake than asleep. Her grandmother looked really worried when she saw Hala moving so much, but I assured her that everything is fine and that she will get better after her surgery tomorrow. She then also told me that Hala’s parents are really worried about her and are crying a lot because they are back in Gaza.
Please pray for Hala, the grandmother and the whole family who is supporting them from home. Pray also for the doctors who are doing the surgery tomorrow, that they get strength and wisdom to do the right thing.
Today, four month old emergency baby Hala arrived at Hadassah hospital after having trouble arriving yesterday. Because of her bad condition, she had to turn back to Gaza before getting to Jerusalem. Thankfully she is stable now in the ICU. After a long echo with her cardiologists, it was confirmed that Hala has TAPVR and will need surgery soon.
TAPVR, which is the short form of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, means that the pulmonary veins, which should bring the oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the left side of the heart to go from there into the body, aren’t connected with the left atrium. Instead, the oxygen-rich blood goes to the right atrium (right side of the heart) and mixes there with the oxygen-less blood. This causes the baby to have less oxygen than it needs. To fix this problem, Hala’s doctors are planning to connect the pulmonary veins with the left atrium in a surgery on Thursday.
Hala’s grandmother arrived with her granddaughter and was worried and even crying a little. But soon after, she was encouraged and saw that Hala was safe in the hands of the doctors. She began to relax and was excited to meet me. When I visited Hala, I was just amazed by her and loved her directly. I patted her head for some time and even though she was intubated and couldn’t wake up, I could see that she was feeling someone there for her. As soon as I realized this, I gently talked to her and told her to fight strong. She might not have heard me or even understood me, but I’m sure that she will fight until she can finally be in the arms of her mother again.
Please pray for this wonderful little girl, that she will be alright and be in good health after the surgery and all the treatment she will get in the future. Please also pray for the doctors and nurses who are doing everything to make her feel better as well as her family who love her so much and worry about her and her condition.
Thank you Father for bringing this little baby safe to us. May you heal her so that we can see her smile and grow up like any other child.