Today we got the news that Omar can go home to Gaza! Saying his mother was happy is an understatement. She was brimming with excitement at the prospect of going back to Gaza with her now healthy baby. We were waiting for her to be ready when the doors to the secondary ICU opened, and she was standing there with her arms outstretched and a mask and gloves on her hands, she giggled as she saw our faces surprised by her precautionary measures!
I got to meet Omar for the first time, as we can’t go into the ICU rooms. I couldn’t believe how small he was! Only 2.5 kilos! But he is such a cute boy. Thank God that Omar was able to get the PDA stent placed in a cath, which is why he came so urgently two weeks ago.
We can’t wait to see him and his mum again for future check-ups! It will be a joy to watch him grow over the months!
We found out today that Omar had a diagnostic catheterisation in order to help plan his surgery. Sadly for us, we were unable to enjoy the company of his mum or even to visit him afterwards, due to the restrictions because of COVID-19. We are told that he is still intubated and they will try to wake him tomorrow.
Please keep praying for him and his mum, as even though God has allowed our paths to cross just briefly, they are very special.
I had the pleasure of meeting tiny Omar from Gaza today. He is just over two weeks old and has come to Israel with his brave mother.
His mother told me that this is her first baby. As soon as he was born, she knew there was a problem with him, he was blue, and she just knew. So the soul of the mother knows the child she carried for nine months. We looked at him together and she burst out proudly exclaiming how beautiful he is.
Omar was diagnosed with TGA and pulmonary atresia in Gaza, and spent some time in the hospital there before being transferred urgently to the hospital in Israel on the weekend, with the hope of a life saving surgery.
This lovely mother was finding her bearings in the hospital, and thanking God that for now, Omar is stable and waiting for the doctors to finalize a plan for surgery for him.
Please pray for this new mother, and her baby.