Mohammed loves the Shevet hymn
Today Mohammed and his mother from Gaza came to the Hadassah hospital to prepare for a catheterization tomorrow. From the first moment I met them, I felt they both are very beautiful people. We were fastly connecting, even if we have still some communication difficulties because of the different languages. The mother is quite young but Mohammed is already her 6th child. “Four girls and two boys,” she proudly told me and her eyes were shining.
At four months old, Mohammed already showed a special character. He was telling me many stories in the language only he would understand. The little one always loves to listen to music. We discovered this when we sang our Shevet Hymn for him, “Hinei ma tov umanahim, Shevet Achim gam Yachad” (Behold how good and how pleasant it is, for brothers to dwell together in unity. Ps 133,1). Sceptical at first, our little Mohammed turned to a very happy and beautiful smiling boy in a few minutes.
Unfortunately the happy mood was gone when he was laying in the examination room and the doctors tried to get all the information they need to know and to place a cannula in his hand.
The doctor struggled a while since the boy’s venes are so tiny! An uncomfortable situation for all involved: the screaming and pain the baby is experiencing, the worry and love the mother is feeling, the struggle but compassion of the doctors and nurses and us, a team that loves all of them and want to help, but is not able to do anything at all. As we stood there, I was reminded that this is just the best for our little beloved patient, even if it is so painful. For sure the cannula is important for keeping him alive. He’s receiving the best medical treatment before, during and after the cath!
Don’t we all know the feeling of going through something painful, but knowing in the end, it will bring the best? Therefore, please help the lovely mother and child to come through the situation by praying for them! Please pray that they experience how good and how pleasant it is when brothers and sisters pray for each other, love each other, dwell together in unity!
Mohammed's first checkup after surgery
Written by Coert
This morning we headed early to the Gaza border to pick up Mohammed and his gentle mama from the Eretz border crossing. Mohammed would have his first check up after his surgery. When we arrived at the border we found out his mother was already patiently waiting there for us. As there was also a car from the Jaffa community coming, we waited a bit to meet them, to check all the paperwork and to receive an infant car seat for little Mohammed so that we could bring him safely to the hospital.
The ride went smoothly and soon we arrived at Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem. While sharing our lunch we waited for the appointment. Meanwhile other families helped us with translation. One lady even offered to stay with us to help us even though her boy had already had his appointment. It is so beautiful to experience how families from different backgrounds are helping each other. This also is Shevet Achim!
Mohammed was not very happy during his echo. But the outcome of the echo was good and so we could make an appointment within a few weeks for a catheterization to prepare him for his final surgery.
Please thank the Lord with us for this lovely family and pray for a complete healing of Muhammed.
Mohammed returns home after surgery
The good news today from Hadassah in Jerusalem is that Mohammed has stabilized after his successful BT shunt surgery, and is well enough to return to his home in Gaza. After several months he should be ready for another surgery which will be needed.
His mother had never before been outside of the Gaza Strip, and as we drove down from Jerusalem she commented on the beauty of the Judean hills, and the quality of the roads. We dropped her at the Gaza entrance as the sun was setting, after praying together for the blessing of the LORD on Mohammed and all his family.
There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this Place (Philippians 2:1-5)
Today my co-worker Alena and I arrived at Hadassah Hospital to visit 2 of our Gazan babies. I found myself in the company of Mohammed’s mother, a delightful, sweet, intelligent woman with whom I fellowshipped for over an hour using Google Translate. This mode of communication did not interfere with the mutually enjoyable time we spent sharing family photos and stories, and her willingness to talk about life in Gaza. One important thing I will hold in my heart from our conversation is her gratitude to God for all that He has given her. Although life is difficult in Gaza, Mohammed’s mother believed that this was her lot in life but this was said from a very spiritual perspective. When asked what would make things less difficult now her response was just to have her husband and children all gathered together around her.
This whole time together was in the presence of baby Mohammed who was intubated and recovering from a diagnostic catheterisation which confirmed the initial diagnosis of tricuspid and pulmonary stenosis. Mohammed has been scheduled for surgery on Thursday. Just prior to leaving Mohammed’s room in the paediatric cardiac ICU one of the nurses reported that they were waiting for Mohammed to wake up so that they could extubate him. Meanwhile he remained in a stable condition.
As I reflect on this time today I can metaphorically speaking smell the sweet fragrance of the Holy Spirit that lingered in that hospital room. I hadn’t expected to meet a Gazan mother who was so open to answering frank questions and so willing to engage in such a personal and spiritual conversation. I believe that I found another spiritual sister today and I ask that you join with me in keeping this precious family intact, for the healing of Mohammed’s heart, and that Mohammed’s mother has further spiritual encounters in the land of Israel.