In contrast with his game of football on the beach yesterday with friends and community members, today has been very different for Maen. He travelled to Sheba hospital for the first time. Maen is always alert and observant and enjoyed the trip in the rain.
During the echo and ECG he was calm and cooperative only succumbing to little boy fidgets a couple of times. With help of an Arabic speaking nurse, Maen’s father was able to explain Maen’s story so far to his Israeli doctor.
She explained that the first step for Maen will be a catheterisation to measure his pulmonary pressures, which she thinks are quite high. The doctor said careful consideration will be given when they are deciding how to close the 2 VSD’s so as not to increase the pressure in the lungs. This is where we can help, by praying the doctors make wise decisions in the coming days. We praise God that Maen is here at the Jaffa house at this time and rely on Him totally Maen’s complete recovery.
After a long and uncertain journey, Maen from Syria is finally with us in Israel!I never thought I would be able to write this as Maen’s medical situation was so dire and the Ministry of Interior seemed completely apathetic to Jonathan’s repeated and increasingly creative requests – even the media seemed to show little interest in Maen’s welfare. But as usual, despite our doubts and overwhelming circumstances, God’s plan prevailed. Without warning or accompanying explanation, the Ministry of Interior reversed their decision and granted permission for Maen to receive his life saving surgery. Our community was overjoyed at this incredible news.
When we arrived at the Jordanian border, the joy in Maen’s fathers face was palpable. After arriving back at the Shevet apartments, I could see he was touched by the warm and enthusiastic welcome he received by our community and families. They fit in straight away with the help of the other Syrian refugee father and son. We look forward to Maen’s complete healing and continue to stand in awe of Our Father’s overwhelming love.