“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else” Acts 27:24-25.
Today when I entered the ICU to visit Lia and her grandmother, the nurses were cleaning her and they did an ECG. Lia was not happy. She cried while they were working with her. Her voice is still very weak. After they finished, Grandma and I stroke her head and cheek to relax her. A few minutes later she was asleep.
Lia’s heart is doing fine but there is some concern about her lung. One of her lungs collapsed a few days ago. The cause of the collapsed lung is probably due to the length of her intubation before surgery. They have to intubate her for one day to be able to do some suction to expand the lung. They waited a few days because sometimes it expand itself by rest. Although this is a disapointment, we pray that the treatment will be successful for the lungs.
As the above verse says I believe that our Lord and Savior will give life and breath in Lia’s body.
This morning I was surprised to find out that Lia would have her surgery today and not on Thursday as originally planned. So when I arrived at the hospital she was already in the operation. I met her grandmother and we had a nice talk. She told me it would be a long surgery, maybe about seven hours. But praise God, the lovely grandmother was really hopeful and in a very good mood all of the time! She even taught me a lesson in Arabic and showed me her English skills.
In the operation the medical staff created a forth chamber in Lia’s heart since she had only three chambers until now. Due to the difficulty of this surgery it took a long time. This is why I was so happy to see our little Lia finally out of surgery and in a very good situation.
Also it was very precious to see that the whole surgery team was in such a good mood after the operation! May God bless them for their good work:)
Thank you for all prayers for the surgery of our loved Lia and please keep praying, that Lia’s health status continues to improve]. We have a reason to be thankful and hopeful since all is in GOD’s hands:)
There was a huge question mark in our minds when we arrived at Lia’s room today and found her inside. “That can’t be her, she is supposed to have a surgery right now!” we thought. But it really was our beloved Lia who laid in the bed. Our other child Soso (also from Gaza) was more urgent, so this girl got the surgery and Lia waits until next Thursday.
So please continue to pray for her. The baby girl is doing ok, she was sleeping all the time today and her arms and legs are a little swollen. But she seems to be stable.
One time we entered Lia’s room we found a women playing a happy drum and singing for the baby. Also the grandma took the chance to try the music instrument and really enjoyed it! “The little girl is so far away from her mother. Nobody sings for her in the hospital. So I do…” the woman, a music therapist, explained to us.
Yes, she is far away from her father and mother on earth, but her father in heaven is still close at her side! Praise God for his everlasting faithfulness 🙂
When I arrived in the hospital today Lia was already gone for her catheterization to explore the anatomy of her heart. Grandma was sitting outside her room talking to another Arabic mother. The waiting was difficult for grandma. She can’t speak English so we communicated via Google translate. At the moment Michelle is teaching us some basic Arabic, so I tried a few words with her. After almost six hours Leah was brought back to the ICU.
The cath was successful without any complications. The doctor said as it looks now they will do a major surgery, the Glenn procedure, this coming Thursday, immediately after the Yom Kippur holiday. With this operation they will add the vein of the upper part of the body direct to the pulmonary artery and therefore bypass the heart. This to take away the big pressure on the right part of the heart.
Please pray that the operation will be successful and that the family in Gaza will receive God’s peace in this all. It’s very hard on the parents not to be able to be with their precious child at such a critical time.
Lia was born with a serious heart defect, but it was only diagnosed when she was already four months old and her family brought her to the hospital in Gaza with severe cyanosis. Doctors there had to put her on mechanical ventilation, and contacted us to ask for an emergency transfer to Israel.
Thank God, doctors at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem found a place for her in their hearts, and in their new cardiac critical care unit, and Lia was transferred there today by ICU ambulance, immediately after the Rosh HaShanah (New Year) holiday.