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.
When I entered the ICU there was a lot of crying coming from a little baby. I noticed that it was our little Soso.
About one hour later her accompanying Grandmother was able to give her more milk which she took very well indeed. The Grandmother is a lovely woman and looks well after Soso.
When I asked the nurse what the next step will be for Soso, he said we have to wait for the big boss who is on vacation and will be back coming Thursday. All of Israel is in the biblical festival season and begins tonight its Feast of Tabernacles. Therefore it’s also the time for the medical staff to take their vacation. May they have a good rest, they deserve it! We’re so thankful for how hard they all work for these precious kids, for little ones like Soso.
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 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!
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.