The auntie waited happily during the many hours of surgery. I think she is feeling very hopeful that this time will be the last of the surgeries, and we will be seeing progress with his healing. She has many of her own children at home in Gaza, whom she misses during this time, but she remains faithfully beside Ahmad.
Even though I’ve been quite a lot to the hospital lately, I never had the possibility to meet Ahmed from Gaza.
So today, when I saw him for the first time, I realized that his arms are not much bigger than my thumb. He is such a tiny little boy. It was lovely to meet his aunt, she was very happy to have us visiting him.
However, her mood changed quite quickly when she found out that her nephew will need a third surgery.I talked to his doctor to get a few updates and here is what he told me:
During the weekend they had tried to extubate him – without success. He was too weak. They performed some blood tests in order to find out if the little boy has some kind of virus. But the main issue is still that his BT shunt is too big. Most of the blood goes to the lungs and not to the organs and other parts of the body. They know for sure that he’ll need another surgery when he is stronger, however they have not yet decided what exactly they’re going to do as they have several options.
Please pray for strength for his aunt, so that she can get trough this difficult time together with Ahmed.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”
As I entered Ahmed’s hospital room, I was very happy to see him resting in his bed with his eyes open. I smiled at his cute little face and his auntie entered the room. Her face lit up as she came to greet me. Ahmed’s aunt has been by his side from the beginning, and she has given everything to keep him safe.
Only one day after his surgery, Ahmed is doing very well, but he is still intubated. Please pray.
Please continue to pray for Ahmed, as his body adjusts to these revisions. They will continually monitor Ahmed and see if he is responding well, and if they will be able to extubate him soon, perhaps tomorrow.
His patient auntie was so happy. Her face was lit up with a beautiful smile, as she explained that he is just 20 days old, but they want to do a very big surgery for him. She has waited on behalf of her family for over a week for his surgery to happen. All were growing anxious. Archie showed her a photo of Ahmed which he had on his phone and we all agreed that he was a very handsome boy. Thankfully, he is in the hands of God.
“He is so small!” These were the first words Ahmed’s smiling aunt said to me. What can I say, she is correct. But Ahmed is not only small, he is also incredibly cute. His beautiful little eyes rested on me as I was visiting him, and I couldn’t stop staring at his beautifully made face. Even though he is just a few days old, he had an awake and curious look in his eyes. Such a beautifully created and uniquely loved baby.
Ahmed is still waiting on the doctors to decide what kind of surgery they will perform, and in the meantime, the loving staff and his auntie are always by his side.
On his second day of life, newborn Ahmed’s parents rushed him to the hospital in Gaza after noticing he was blue. He spent nearly the next month in the ICU, waiting for someone to help him get to advanced medical care in Israel.
We heard of Ahmed this week, and waited all week for space to open up in one of the hospitals which performs heart surgery. Finally our friends at the Sheba Medical Center made every possible effort and opened up a free ICU bed on Thursday afternoon, just as everything was closing for the weekend.
Yousef and Amar though kept pushing and arranged for Ahmed’s transfer on Friday morning. Moshe reports that he and Frank were at the hospital to meet him:
Ahmad came today, and while we stayed outside as the nurse organized his room, we met his aunt, who looked worried. About hour later, we entered his room:
Ahmad was there, lying peacefully, everything calm. Before Shabbat there are just a few people available in hospital, and his room was peaceful and quiet.
The nurse said he is stable hemodynamically, and he is not eating except for an IV. They hope his surgery will be on Sunday.
Please pray that God will bless his time in Israel and keep him healthy, and that he will grow to be happy child.