Baby Aiman returns to Gaza!
Tiny Aiman was released from the hospital on Friday, and since it was after the border closed, we got to bring him back to the base with us to stay through Shabbat.
He is doing very well now and eating more all the time! He is so perfectly precious with his cute little nose, and tiny little fingers and toes! He does not have any infections or bacteria, but is still finishing some antibiotics, and is still on a couple of meds to help his heart keep the fluid off, but is well on his way to being a healthy baby.
He will have a follow up appointment in about a month to make sure he is recovering well. It was a pleasure to have his grandmother here with him this weekend, we helped her to understand his medicine schedule (which was written in English and she only reads Arabic) and spent lots of time just holding and cuddling this tiny bundle. She shared a room with our other Mom from Gaza who is waiting with Baby Mustafa to be admitted to the hospital for surgery on Sunday. It was wonderful to have them both with us.
Google translate is a lifesaver around here, and we were able to visit through that and really connect with them both. Aiman’s grandmother is a mother of seven, so it’s no wonder she takes such great care of little Aiman. We are sad to see them go today as we will miss them and the baby cuddles, but are so happy that he is healthy and able to be going home. God is Good!
Today upon arriving to visit baby Aiman, we received the wonderful news that he has been extubated and moved to the secondary ICU. I arrive to a calmly sleeping infant whose monitor stats are all excellent! Praise the Lord! Each of these precious little lives are in the palm his hand, and He controls each destiny, but it is also so good to see the improvement of no tubes and fewer monitors for Aiman knowing what he has been through, and after visiting some of the more critical care babies to know that their situations too can improve as this precious little ones has. I visit with his grandmother for a bit using hand gestures (since we speak different languages), to see if she slept okay last night and she communicates that she did and is excited that Aiman is doing so much better! I am reminded of how draining it is on these precious people to be at the hospital day in and day out, trying to sleep on a cot with nurses coming in and out continuously, monitors beeping, children crying, worried about your loved one and watching them suffer without being able to do much for them. I pray that the Lord will sustain each one of them and somehow through this trying time reveal his great love and care for them that they too may come to a knowledge of their Redeemer Messiah! Tiny Aiman stirs and opens his eyes. I lean in and talk to him and his eyes focus on my face. I talk to him and place my hand on him to pray over him and continue to speak life over him. He continues to gaze around contentedly then drifts back into a peaceful sleep. This getting better is hard work you know! Praise to the Almighty Who is continuing to restore health to Aiman! May our Lord be praised, and may he continue to be exalted in all of our lives that the world may know what a mighty God we serve!
by Christiane Dopplinger
Aiman was looking at us with open, big, beautiful eyes, a little bit cold and hungry, sucking on his pacifier. He is slowly being fed more and more units of food. It was good to see him quite alert and we praise God for the little steps of improvement. Let’s pray that he will gain strength and that one day he will get to know his loving heavenly Father. And let’s also pray for the caring grandmother at his side.
The atmosphere in the hospital today was very special. Our little community at Sheba seems to be growing and this morning we found ourselves part of a beautiful group of both Gaza and Kurdish families, chatting away like they were old friends. The conversation flowed, there were lots of smiles, and there was a sense of peace that, I’ll admit, surprised me. I was reminded once again that God’s peace is a promise; Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.”
After sitting with this wonderful group for a while, enjoying the company and even taking a few selfies, Tabitha and I headed off to visit little Aiman. Having not met him before, and being aware of his surgery the previous day, I felt a little uncertain about what to expect.
“He’s stable and we’re hoping to take the tubes out soon,” the nurse explained to us. In that moment I felt so grateful to God. As Tabitha sat by his bed, his little hand resting in hers, the familiar words of Psalm 139 sprung to mind, the sheer magnitude of God’s love hitting me afresh:
“You saw me before I was born.
Everyday of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered”
God has placed an enormous value on little Aiman’s life – his thoughts about Aiman cannot be numbered. What an incredible hope this is for us, what an incredible promise to stand on as we continue to pray.
As all of this was going through my head, Aiman’s grandmother slipped into the room. Seeing the nurse by his bed, she seemed really concerned about her grandson, wanting confirmation that everything was going to be okay. It is my prayer that she would know how deeply our God cares for both Aiman and her, that she would experience the power of his peace in the midst of her worries.
Today Aiman had a surgery to repair his congenital heart condition of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Vascular Return. His grandmother patiently waited throughout his surgery and was relieved when he was finally returned to his room in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. The nurse stated that he was hemodynamically stable. Praise God for this news.
May we continue to support each other and the families at the hospital with Christ-like love. Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” There is so much we can learn from these families, including Ahmed and Aimen’s grandmothers. May we continually learn from them.
Waiting for Aiman on Simhat Torah
Word just came this morning of week-old Aiman, born with a congenital heart defect that can be repaired if only he reaches an advanced medical center in time. Thank God that even on the eve of the Simhat Torah holiday our partners at the Sheba Medical Center are willing and waiting to receive him.