He's doing great, great, great!
Today we picked up Mohammed and his lovely grandma from the Gaza border. Mohammed had his surgery in Hadassah Hospital in September and today he had an Echo to check if everything is alright with him.
Mohammed is a beautiful and happy boy, sleeping a lot and drinking his milk very well. He was very peaceful the whole time except when he saw the nurse coming to do the Echo. He cried a lot during the Echo, but they got it done and after that he was peacefully falling to sleep again.
The grandmother was asking the doctor over and over again if really everything is fine with Mohammed now. In the end he told us to repeat to her on the way home again and again “He’s doing great, great, great!” After a long day they returned to Gaza a little bit tired but happy. Halleluja! Praise God with your whole heart that Mohammed’s heart is whole again and continue praying for Mohammed, that he will grow up in peace and harmony!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
This morning Ben and I went to the paediatric surgical ward of Hadassah for a good reason. Mohammed was going to be discharged. When we entered the room of Mohammed, Aunt was waiting. She was already packed and had Mohammed on her arm ready to go back to Gaza. She was so happy to see us. On the way to the border Mohammed slept most of the time while Aunt was phoning with the family. We had a good journey and arrived in time before they closed the border.
It’s always a delight to sent a healthy child back home. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless this family.
“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” Psalms 30:2
Mohammed has had his longest days in ICU. The nurse said he goes according to the books. This is a complement to his recovery. They got him off all the intravenous medication and he is now able to drink 30 cc milk by bottle every three hour. Aunty is feeding him. She loves him very much and takes good care of him. Maybe he will leave the ICU in one or two days.
He is still very tiny but with this progress he will gain weight soon enough. We can thank our Messiah for his recovery. We can pray for ourselves as the verse in the Psalm says but we can also intercede for others. What a privilege that we can do that for our Shevet children!
Mohammed breathing on his own
It was a grateful grandmother who shared with us this afternoon that Mohammed had reached a major milestone: yesterday he was successfully weaned from mechanical ventilation, and is now breathing on his own. This is the most important sign that he is on the road to recovery.
And when we complimented Mohammed on his abundant head of hair, she responded that is typical for Gaza babies!
God Writes Unique Stories
A child with a very common name, still God writes his own unique story with him. Unique in his circumstances, unique in his looking, uniquely loved by God and as well accompanied by a unique women.
I met Mohammed’s grandma in front of his room waiting. While little Mohammed was in surgery, this woman did not move away from his room. Even though it wasn’t her own child you could feel her love and also her pain. As I sat next to her during the waiting we didn’t communicate a lot. We were just sitting next to each other but the few anxious smiles we shared spoke their own language. Sympathy, thankfulness, shared pain and so much love.
I was impressed by her love for Mohammed as she sat there. This woman didn’t even had time to pack a toothbrush or clothes to change but you were able to tell that there was no place she would rather want to be. Her first priority was Mohammed. A unique woman with a unique love to a unique child.
I was incredibly happy to hear that the surgery went uneventfully and that Mohammed is stable. Please pray for Mohammed’s amazing grandma that she will feel the strength of God while she accompanies Mohammed and for Mohammed’s good recovery.
Mohammed came urgently from Gaza with his grandma. He is 12 days old now, and had a surgery today. It was a success, but it is not the end of the journey for him. In 3 months’ time he will need another surgery and then again some years into the future.