Coby and I visited Hussein at Hadassah Hospital this afternoon, and praise God we found that he’s come off the ECMO device which was supporting the work of his heart and lungs. (Only about half of all children who require ECMO in hospital can survive when it is removed.)
Hussein’s nurse Sophia then told us that they’ll try to wean him from mechanical ventilation tomorrow. “‘On the Sabbath?” I asked.
“In this department there is no Sabbath,” she replied. “When we can do something we do it.”
We talked a little bit about the Shevet Achim community, and she went on to say “you’re doing a mitzva” (a good deed, or literally fulfilling a commandment).
“No, you’re doing the mitzva” I replied.
“We’re doing it together” she decided.
A very tiny body connected to multiple cables, big machines surrounding the bed and a powerful heart pumping visibly. This is the first visual I got, when I entered Hussein’s room. Looking at the visible and the statistics you could be discouraged, but as I looked at Hussein I didn’t see a fragile child, I saw a fighter. When Hussein arrived, the doctors weren’t sure he would made it through surgery and he surely wouldn’t be able to survive the following days; but Hussein did. This precious child fought hard to stay alive and so did God. Hussein‘s room isn’t filled with hopelessness instead I felt strength and hope.
This child is a miracle, because he is alive. Our God is fighting against the disease in little Hussein’s body. Looking at Hussein I was reminded of lyrics from “Planetshakers – Glorious Collision”
“What a glorious collision when You came
And turned it around, death became life
Everything changed when You came into sight
The heartache was gone, the pain was undone
With just one touch of Your glorious love
You turned it around”
Our God has the power to turn everything around. He is able to turn death into life and in Hussein’s case he already has. God has turned the possible death during surgery into life and also the possible death the days after that into life. Please pray for Hussein’s life and give praise to the Lord for he has defeated death.
Yesterday we found out that Hussein’s condition was very serious, and that the doctor felt that he should have come a month earlier for this surgery. It has taken so long that Hussein is now in a critical condition, making the surgery today very high risk.
So we and his grandma were glad today to hear that the surgery had been a success.
The next 48 hours are still critical and so we have to pray that God will continue to hold him as his body recovers from the major surgery from today.
Today Deborah and I walked into the pediatric cardiac ICU to find nurses in both rooms of the two new children from Gaza. Thankfully, one of the cardiologists was there also, and could explain what was going on. The prognosis for little Hussein is not positive, he has Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR), and is due to have surgery tomorrow morning. Hussein’s condition is dire, as he got here “one month too late.” They do not know if he will survive the surgery tomorrow morning.
His sweet grandma had a meeting with a doctor and social worker to explain the situation, and she was very calm. The doctor drew a diagram as the social worker translated everything.
I don’t know if she accepted this, but she didn’t seem phased by the news. The last words of the meeting was that he’s in God’s hands. That’s where he has always been, and always will be. The doctor who met with us, said that although they are not sure of the outcome, they’re still going to do everything they can. They will still try their hardest to save his life. It was a moment where I was taken aback to see the resolve in this doctor’s eyes, to do everything he can to save the life of this little baby, and then add that this family is from Gaza and the staff of the hospital are Israelis. They are united in the cause of Hussein’s life.
Please, friends, let us not become weary of petitioning our Father for righteous causes, for the lives of these children’s. Please pray that Hussein would come out of the operating room, and everyone involved will see the glory of the lord. In closing, we declare these lyrics from a song called I Will Trust My Saviour Jesus
, by CityAlight:
“I will trust my saviour Jesus
When my darkest doubts befall
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all
Jesus, only Jesus
Help me trust You more and more
Jesus, only Jesus
May my heart be ever Yours.”
May Hussein’s heart be ever yours, and may we trust our Saviour Jesus when darkest doubts befall.