He is not eating on his own yet but he is slowly learning to drink milk out of his bottle again. He is still such a cute little boy and I was glad to finally meet him for the first time today – and thank God in such a good condition!
Let’s pray that he will continue to get better and soon will be able to go back to his mother in Gaza!
His grandmother, who is spending most of the time in his room in the ICU, is saying “Alhamdulillah” over and over again, which means “Praise the Lord.” Anas’ doctors also want to extubate him soon, but because he still has some fluid in his lungs, they want to wait a bit longer to make sure everything goes well.
We join the prayers of Anas’ grandmother and praise the Lord together with her. He is such a caring and loving God!
Today was the day of Anas’ long awaited surgery. Because Anas has the hypoplastic left heart syndrome, his body is not getting enough oxygen. That’s why the surgeons at Sheba Hospital wanted to place a BT-Shunt today.
Though the surgery was scheduled for 8 am, the surgery nurses picked him up very late in the morning. As a result, the surgery started at 12 noon. And although Anas’ grandmother was already worried about her grandson in the few hours before the surgery, now she couldn’t hold back her tears. And still after some time, she calmed down again and patiently waited for her grandson to come out of surgery. She surely is a very strong woman!
During the waiting time, she told me some things about her family which also showed me what a caring and strong woman she is. I enjoyed every minute of the waiting time with her and I appreciate her a lot. And already after only four hours, Anas came out of the surgery. The doctors asked us to wait outside for a bit longer until they stabilized him. So after fifteen more minutes we were able to see him.