Because of Ahmed‘s lovely mum it is always a pleasure to visit the both of them in hospital. Her English is excellent so that we are often able to compare notes.
As soon as I got there, she started to update me about Ahmed’s condition. I realized that she informed herself very well.
Firstly she told me that Ahmed had been able to drink around 5 cc of milk yesterday evening, explaining to me that he was indeed able to suckle but not swallow. Besides I realized how sad she was about the fact that her baby’s voice is very week, almost non-existent.
Despite this, she is thankful and confident in general, as she told me that it must be a good sign that the doctors decided that it’s not necessary for her son to have a CT (as planned originally). Also she is aware that Ahmed’s lungs need their time to recover. And again she told me how relieved and thankful she is to be here with her baby, as there is tension in Gaza.
When I left, I told Ahmed’s mum that I will pray for her baby and I want to encourage everyone who reads this to join in and pray for Ahmed to get stronger everyday and be able to eat. And let’s thank God for what He has done so far and will do!
Speaking with the mother of Ahmed is like talking to an old friend. She is one of those people who becomes instantly familiar. We are quick to connect on the truth we see in the room. Life in all its fragility is a miraculous work of God. In fact, in the last few weeks Ahmed’s mother has pondered whether the Arabic word for “miracle” should be part of Ahmed’s name.
Since the time of his last blog we have a lot to praise God for in Ahmed’s life. His ischemia in his left leg and foot is starting to look much better with normal coloration returning. Ahmed is now extubated and breathing well with a little support from nasal cannula. I addition his collapsed lung us gradually improving. To mum’s total delight she has been able to hear his small voice again as he cries. Today Ahmed was even being prepared to try having some milk orally for the first time since he was first born.
It is rare to be able to speak as much in depth with guardians from Gaza due to the language barrier however, Ahmed’s mother is an English teacher which makes communication so easy. I asked her today how her family are and if they are all safe following the recent rockets fired. Thank God everyone at home is safe however, the children have had their school days cancelled. At home, Ahmed’s grandparents live in the apartment upstairs from them so his brothers are being well looked after although they miss their mother a lot.
Please continue to pray for this precious and important little life. Please pray for Jesus to shine through our conversations with mum and would this be an opportunity for this family to know the truth of the Gospel.
Ahmed was brought in from Gaza three days ago and had surgery. Today he will be extubated. Since there was no mother of father while we visited the ICU, the nurses did not want to give further details.