From holiday eve, to holiday eve, Joud arrived in Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur, the solemn day of atonement. She has been cared for during this sweet joyful time of Sukkot, and beautifully, her time here in the hospital is completed on the eve of Simchat Torah.
With contribution from Betty
Baby Joud arrived in Israel last night, travelling from Gaza in an ambulance. She is two weeks old, and has come with her grandma.
Her grandma is very worried about what will happen in the next two days, as Joud has to wait until after the Yom Kippur holiday before she can have her surgery, to switch her two great arteries.
The good news is that she is stable in the hospital, and she was happily feeding well.
We felt the hope in the room over the life of Joud, and we were able to pray with the grandma, especially the words of Psalm 139:
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
Please keep sweet baby Joud in your prayers. Please also pray for strength for her grandma here in Israel, and her mother back in Gaza, as she is separated from her first baby.
Joud’s family brought her to doctors in the Gaza Strip after noticing she was blue at the age of 12 days. To their shock, an echocardiogram showed she was born with transposition of the great arteries. This means that her heart is pumping blue blood back out into the body, rather than the red blood coming from the lungs. The only thing keeping her alive is a large hole between the ventricles of her heart, which allows some mixing to take place there of the red and blue blood.
We rushed Joud tonight to the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, where she’ll have an emergency surgery to switch the great arteries back to their intended place. She’s arrived on the eve of Yom Kippur, and we expect Israeli doctors will stabilize her, examine her heart, and prepare for her surgery after the solemn holy day.