Today we took our sweet Saida and his mom to the hospital for a follow-up with his cardiologist. Mom was a little anxious to know how many kilos her precious baby has gained this past week. During our waiting at the hospital he fell asleep in my arms; but before going to sleep he gave us a lot of smiles. He is so lovely.
Finally they called us. They performed an ECG, and he cried a little but the nurse who performed it was very nice with him. She tried to talk with him and he gave her lots of smiles! She also took his vital signs and of course she weighed him. He gained 100 grams this week and 300 grams in the last 2 weeks; Mom wasn’t completely happy as she had hoped for more than that.
After they finished the echo he cried again but we tried to sing, talk and feed him to calm him down. When the doctor came she was really happy about his progress; his echo was good and he is gaining weight. I was very happy that Tara was with us and she was able to translate everything between Mom and the doctor. We told the doctor every concern and question that Mom had but the doctor thinks that he is going to be ready soon for his surgery and that he is doing well. His follow-up is going to be in one month and in two days he will have a nutrition appointment.
Please pray for Mom, Saida and their family in Kurdistan in this time of waiting. I know that waiting is not easy, but the timing of God is perfect. Please also pray that both have a good time in our house, that the waiting will go by quickly, and that he can gain weight faster that we think.
Praise God for His Good Works
Praise God for the good work He is doing in Saida’s life. Today we went to Sheba for a quick weigh-in and ECG with the doctor as Saida needs to grow before he will be able to have his surgery here in Israel. Over the past week Saida has put on 200 grams which when you are still a very small baby is a good weight gain for 1 week.
The doctor wants to see Saida again in n one weeks time in order for him to have an echo and another review of his weight. Please pray that he continues this pattern of good weight gain and that feeding time becomes a joy for mum and baby.
Deborah continues the report:
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
Waiting can be an excruciating experience! It certainly has been challenging for the mom of beautiful little Saida, as he needs to be of a higher weight in order to have his heart surgery.Today at Saida’s doctor visit and weight check, he had gained 200 grams (about 6.5 ounces) in the past week. Yay! His ECG and oxygen levels were stable.
The past few days, Saida has shown a bit less interest in eating, and has developed an aversion to the supplement being given to add extra calories. He has some nasal congestion and a small cough. This has increased mom’s anxiety level as she worries about him reaching his goal weight “in time”, before his heart decompesats further.
Please pray with us that Saida would eat well, begin to like his extra calories, and avoid any respiratory illnesses (so very common in these fragile babies with heart problems). Please lift up Saida’s mom, for patience and grace— and for more positive news at next weeks’ visit and echocardiogram!
Today we took our beautiful Saida to the hospital for a follow-up with his cardiologist. I was really hoping that Saida had grown these last two weeks and also mom was really anxious for this appointment. He is really a sweet and handsome boy.
When we arrived to the hospital they performed an ECG and an echo, and checked vital signs. He was very brave and such a good boy; he didn’t cry in any of these procedures. After that the doctor came and checked him. I was very happy that our translator was able to explain everything to mom and asked all the questions to the doctor that mom wanted. We spent a long time with the doctor discussing Saida because he has a really complex heart and he needs a big surgery. However he needs to gain enough weight to have a safe surgery. Doctor gave to mom some recommendations but we really don’t know how long it will take. In two weeks he has gained around 270 grams.
Doctor was very happy that his ECG showed that he doesn’t have arrhythmia anymore. This issue was fixed when he arrived to Israel as an emergency baby. Mom was really sad when she heard that he needs to gain more weight. He needs to go to the hospital next week to check his weight again and in two weeks he will have an appointment with the nutritionist. Please pray for Mom and Dad – for peace in their hearts and for wisdom to make the best decision about whether to stay here until he has enough weight to have his surgery or maybe return to Kurdistan and wait there. Also pray for Saida for a miracle in his little and beautiful life.
Today our sweet Saida had a blood test. He was really brave when the nurse put the needle in his arm – he only cried a little bit but with the beautiful voice of his mom he stopped crying. Mom was a little worried because a few days ago when he was in the hospital the doctor told to her that he needs to gain weight – that’s means he must be 5 kilos before he can have surgery.
So, she asked me if we could weigh him again and I asked one of the nurses for her. He gained a few more grams but I think this is good even though it is small. And also we believe in a God that makes a lot of miracles. His Mom was a little disappointed as she wished that her baby was heavier. Thank the Lord he is gaining some weight – slowly, but still it is gaining.
We asked if we can give him something to help with the weight, but for now, they said that we need to wait for his next echo in a week’s time and the doctors are going to decide what is the next step. My mom had a lovely time with Saida and his mom. She had him in her arms for a long time and he was so content he fell asleep. Please pray for this beautiful baby, for a miracle in his life and also for peace in his mom’s heart.
Normally the news of a child being discharged is nothing but joyful. But not in this case. Our sweet little two months old Saida has just arrived to Israel four days ago. The trouble is that he is way too light and the doctors decided that they won’t operate on him until he gains 2 kilos. When the nurses said that this might take three months, Saida’s mum burst into tears. I felt so sorry for her as her eyes looked so sad as if she was saying, “Can’t you do something?” She explained that she isn’t sure if her baby can gain so much weight.
We really need spiritual support in this situation. Please pray for wisdom to make the right decisions for Saida and that this little one will grow.
“With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10, 27
Saida is a 51 day-old boy with a transposed great arteries from Kurdistan, northern Iraq. He arrived this afternoon with his mother and we escorted them straight from the airport to the ICU at Sheba hospital. Very early in the morning everyone of our team was praying for them, especially for a safe and stable journey. As we picked them up at the airport, we were waiting around one hour for them. When we saw them we couldn’t stop running to them and gave them a big hug. Thank the Lord, as we reached the ICU everything was ready for him. Saida and his mom were very exhausted and so hungry. Usually due to his illness, he is not drinking properly. But God sent an Israeli Russian nurse who was very experienced and was able to feed him. So the medical staff started to perform all of the different procedures, like the blood test, a chest x-ray, an ECG and stabilizing him.
It was very beautiful to see how all of the our families who are hospitalized in the ICU and secondary ICU, warmly welcomed the new mom and how they showed her around. I also was very thankful that our translator was with her all the time. So, he was able to give all the information the staff needed and he also explained everything to the mom.
Please pray for Saida, for the best plan for him and wisdom for the medical staff. Please also pray for peace in the mom’s heart in this moment far away from home.