We have welcomed a surprise guest this afternoon to our Shevet House in Jaffa. It’s Soso and her grandmother, discharged today from Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem!
Soso and her grandmother will stay here before she has an echo in two weeks. This echo will be used to check that everything has gone well following her heart surgery.
Thanks for your prayers to that end.
Our beautiful Soso is already outside of the Hadassah ICU. Yesterday she was moved to a pediatric area. She is isolated with her grandmother, waiting for a new echo-cardiogram which will help in her doctor’s decision for the next procedure, either a catheterization or a reparative surgery.
Soso’s grandmother is worried because Soso is not sleeping well, is restless, and most part of the time crying. As soon as the doctor came in, she started to speak to him in Arabic, communicating her concerns. Because the doctor also spoke English, I could ask him about Soso’s status as well. He said this is normal behavior, especially since she has been under sedation up until yesterday, her body has needed to eliminate all the anesthesia; sleeplessness can sometimes be one of the side-effects of anesthesia, not to worry.
Even when this grandmother is kind and patient with Soso, it can sometimes be difficult to calm this little one. Today we tried playing music while grandma held Soso’s hand. As Soso was taking her bottle, the music was working perfectly. Even grandmother was getting sleepy, but then she decided Soso was needing a blanket. She stood up to get the blanket and Soso started to cry again. Music therapy ended! Maybe we’ll try again next time.
Please continue praying for Soso and her grandmother, specially for the anesthesia effects over Soso, and for the next Echo when doctors will decided the next step for this beauty.
Praying for Soso, intubated again
Something that I really admire about Muslims is the way they take care of each other even if they don’t know where the other is from and are not related in any way.
Today, at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, this was confirmed. I saw Soso’s grandmother talking and laughing with two other Palestinian mothers previously unknown to her. As soon as I approached them and took up a chair to be a part of their conversation, one of the mom’s began translating for me into English.
They were sharing about life in Gaza, that God is keeping them safe from Corona virus there. However, it is most likely that Soso and her grandmother will need to be in a period of quarantine soon after they return there.
Our conversation ended when everyone suddenly stood up and began walking away. I followed them, going up one floor. They had gone as a group to visit another young lady who herself is experiencing heart problems. They may not have known her long, but they shared, laughed and generally supported each other, together like a family. I really think our grandma is enjoying what goes on “in the waiting room.”
Soso had to be intubated again. Her heart difficulties have not been 100% resolved as yet. She developed a problem with her lungs. Doctors are waiting to see if it is possible to extubate today. She will have a new surgery or possibly a catheterization to close a hole that couldn’t be closed during her previous surgery.
Please continue praying for Soso and her grandmother.
Welcome for a second time to Soso
Soso of Gaza has returned to Hadassah Hospital for her second surgery.
My first impression of Soso’s mom was that she was so young, but if I understood correctly, she is not the mom but the grandmother of Soso. What a surprise!
The surgery will be after tomorrow. I know the waiting time is not easy, but sometimes it is a necessary part of the process.
As I learned and demonstrated how to have fun in the waiting room, I hope this granny can also. She looks calm but may have some inward apprehension.
Praise the Lord, Soso looks well and happy. Today she was in a good mood and looking fancy, wearing sequin shorts with nice socks.
Knowing that God is in control, we enjoyed our time waiting for Soso’s admission. More news will come in two days. In the meantime, please pray for her and her grandmother.
Beautiful Soso returns from Gaza
Written by Coert
Early this morning Yousef and I headed to the Erez Gaza border crossing. We picked up three beautiful families that were already waiting for us. Soso, Lia and Adam came with their mothers to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem for their post-operation check-ups.
Little Soso is now two months old. The good news is that she really gained weight. Also her saturation was measured at 98%.
The echo showed that her treatment for VSD had worked out really well. Soso gave many smiles to the medical staff and volunteers and slept beautifully on our laps.
Sleepy Soso returns to Gaza
Praise God, Soso returned home to Gaza today, sleepy all the way but with a bright future ahead. Thank God for the doctors at Hadassah who treated her with the love and respect that every child deserves.
Praise GOD, Soso had a very good day! First she got a shower that she honestly didn’t like at all but it is the very best for her. Then two clowns came to visit her, joked around and played the harmonika for the cute child and her lovely grandmother.
And since she is doing very well after her surgery she even was allowed to move to another department in the hospital! The nurse there told me, our little Soso might be able to return to Gaza at the end of the week. You can pray for Soso that her good development continues.
A special moment for me was when the grandmother put the child in my arms. I suddenly remembered the song from our worship time in the morning and I sang it for her. The Arabic song is called “Oheboka Rabbi Yassou” which means “I love you my Lord Jesus.” This reminded me that the doctors might be able to help the medical situation of the heart. But only GOD can help the most important issue about the heart: the spiritual situation. So please also pray that she and her grandmother can feel the warm love of our Lord Jesus.
Rushed to surgery on short notice
When we entered Hadassah Hospital today we were surprised to find Soso’s room empty. We learned that she had been taken on short notice for her urgent surgery. Two days before she had been in a stable condition, but then the pressure on her lungs became too high so they had to operate to reduce the blood flow on her lungs. Also her aorta was widened at one point.
Her grandma was tense. She looked up every time the department door opened. The surgery was completed successfully after about four hours. She was really delighted that it all went well.
Almuth and I spent some time with her and Grandma Lia. We met a music therapist who is singing for the children and joined her in singing for Soso. In the end we thanked God for the successful surgery. She is now recovering from this operation.
She still has a long way to go because of her multiple heart problems, but we put her into the loving arms of our heavenly father.
Soso safe and stable in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur
Soso is a one week old baby from Gaza who arrived last night in Jerusalem with her grandmother to Hadassah Hospital, on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday. Johanna and I met both of them this morning. Soso was asleep when we arrived. We prayed for wisdom and a healthy heart over this beautiful girl. Later the doctor came into the room. He wanted to place another central line in her.
Soso is stable. She is not intubated. She came with the diagnose of coarctation of the aorta but after her echo the doctor found many more heart problems. She also has DORV, ASD and VSD. The doctors are now considering what needs to be done first. She will need more than one operation.
The family is very sad. They were not aware of her bad condition. They thought they got a healthy child but after two/three days she was not eating and feeling well. We spent some time with grandmother. It was lovely to see that Lia’s grandmother and Soso’s grandmother are getting on well together. They enjoy each others companionship.
Please pray for this little girl and for the doctors!
Saving Soso on the holiday eve
Soso’s parents in the southern Gaza Strip noticed that the newborn girl wasn’t feeding well. When they went to the doctor, he recommended an echocardiogram which revealed congenital heart defects, including a severe narrowing of the aorta through which life-giving blood must pass. Soso was immediately hospitalized in the ICU and her doctor asked for a top-urgent referral to Israel, the only hospital within reach to save her.
On the eve of Yom Kippur doctors in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem have agreed to accept Soso and fight for her life over the holiday.