A woman's day trip to Israel
Little Ms. Taleen had a great women’s day trip to Israel with her grandma today. Two weeks ago my wife Anna and I dropped them off at the Gaza border. Today, the first follow up echo after her surgery was scheduled, and again it was the two of us who escorted her.
Also others, like the mother of little Mahmoud, another baby from Gaza, were glad to see them again. The doctor was very satisfied with Taleen’s condition, she is really very well, except for her cute little sniffle.
Her oxygen level was at 92%, which is very good. Now the doctor wants to wait till she is a little bit taller and to see how she develops. Thank God for this beautiful miracle of life.
Taleen was returning home today. This wonderful little girl is a good example for a pretty perfect procedure. Twelve day’s ago she arrived in a sick condition in Israel with her very unsettled grandma. After her surgery we could see how she was doing better every day. Now she is stable for discharging, and to head back home, where she can relax now with her parents. In a few weeks she will come back for the next step. Thank you Lord for this blessed run!
Can you believe this is a little girl who was in the operating room having heart surgery just yesterday? Less than 24 hours later, Taleen is extubated and waking up from her sleep occasionally. She has started to have milk via an NG tube, and maybe later on today can start drinking milk.
During the time we were visting her, a few different staff members came in to check her, or change a dressing… Perhaps they also had a hidden agenda that they wanted to come and admire this sweet beautiful red headed baby.
Thank God for his healing for Taleen.
For our little Taleen, it was an exciting day at Sheba Hospital. At nine o’clock, the first of three sur-geries started. When we arrived at twelve o’clock, we met her grandmother in the waiting area, she was very tense. I could see the fear in her eyes, but simultaneously the trust that the doctors will help her little princess. As another Gaza-Grandma passed by, they both went to the praying room and left co-worker Lisa and me behind. HOPE.
A short time later, Dr. Katz came from the operating room, but he was not so communicative: “The surgery went well. No complications.” Grandma was very relieved. The usually calm and reserved granny couldn’t do anything else but hug Lisa. Now the hope is strong! Taleen will be back soon! But then the waiting starts again. Seconds, minutes, hours. As for me and Lisa, our thoughts were briefly looking back on Mustafa… he had many complications that he couldn’t overcome and he died. DOUBT.
Approximately 2:00 p.m. Taleen came back to her room, all things went well. TAKE A BREATH. Later, she opened her eyes. If everything goes right, she can go back home in a few days to recover and prepare for the next surgery. HOPE.
A new Gaza baby has safely arrived in Sheba Hospital today. Co-worker Markus and I were blessed with the privilege of welcoming tiny Taleen.
As we stepped into the ICU, we did not know if it was a boy or girl or who the guardian might be. We were sent to a room and found our new baby. The beautiful girl we encountered took my breath away. Her small face and her sparse reddish hair are in perfect harmony. She is an astonishingly beautiful creation from our Father in heaven. Little Taleen has already taken on a very long trip with being only five days old. She is accompanied by her grandmother who greeted us warmly.
I was once again amazed by the love of the grandparents who accompany their grandchildren on this unknown and long journey, fully focusing on making the children feeling save. Taleen’s grandmother had to leave behind her family and the safety of her own home, freely choosing an unknown and over-whelming environment. Regardless of all these new and confusing experiences, Taleen’s grandmother smiled at us and her granddaughter.
The doctor told me that there were some mistakes in the medical report and that he has to confirm with the doctor in Gaza. Therefore they were not able to work out a treatment plan yet. But even though we might not know exactly what her body is dealing with, her Father in heaven knows. He Looks at her with so much love and he sees every single cell that is not working or not in the right place as it should. He will never miss a thing about her and He knows exactly how her time in Israel will continue.
Taleen already has the most amazing identity with her few days of life: she is a princess, the daughter of the most high King. It amazes me every time to meet these wonderful children and to be a witness of the amazing things God has put into them and the stories He has written. We can be sure that we don’t need to understand everything because He does and He is caring with so much love. Little Taleen will always lay in the safest place of all: God’s arms.