Nearly two months after coming to Israel for his urgent surgery, Wasim and his joyful mother were finally cleared today to return to Gaza. Georgia and Alena were both on hand to wrap up their faithful ministry to this family, with Alena calling Wasim’s mother “my favorite lady ever.”
Wasim is looking much stronger than when we saw him taking his stroll outdoors nearly a week ago (see blog below). But this week doctors at Sheba wouldn’t let him go home until they made sure we had provided all the medicines he will need back in Gaza. Many phone calls and emails were exchanged; Wasim’s mother agreed with us today, this is a sign of how much they love him!
Wasim’s aunt left Gaza years ago to marry and live in Israel, and she was choking back tears today as she said her farewell to these relatives that she can otherwise never see:
We had good conversation on the drive back to the Gaza Strip checkpoint; we’ve agreed to keep in touch, and told the family we expect an invitation to Wasim’s wedding in one, or at most two years.
For now, goodbye Wasim and mother, we love you!
Friends, in the the blogs below you’ll see Wasim was between life and death following his difficult and lengthy heart surgery. So you’ll understand it was such a joy to find him today out walking in the sunshine outside the Sheba Medical Center!
He doesn’t appear to be having seizures any longer, although his neurological state will continue to be monitored and, we must pray, will improve.
Thank God for his healing hand on Wasim so far!
I saw Wisam’s mother today at Sheba Medical Center. She was so happy to see co-worker Georgia and I, and it felt like seeing our sister. She spoke of his improvement as being little by little, under diffecult circumstances. I was struck by her joy in the midst of pain.
When we got home, and co-worker Amar asked if she was okay or not doing well. I could honestly answer yes, there was nothing in her countenance which denoted hopelessness or anger. Please keep praying for Wasim and his mother, our dear sister.
For the last week, we were trying to get him urgently accepted at Sheba Medical Center and on Friday, they told us there was a bed available for him.
We contacted the authorities at Erez border crossing while they were in the middle of their Friday prayers. After expressing to them the urgency of this boy’s case, they agreed to help him and began working on his permission. Praise God, Wasim arrived at ten pm on Friday night. He received a CT scan today, and is waiting in the ICU until the doctors make a plan for his surgery. Praise the Lord, he is stable.
I had the pleasure to be one of his first visitors along with co-worker Yusef. We entered his room and were astonished, as this young man didn’t look like a seventeen year old. He is very weak, has a small body, his voice is shaky and his eyes are very sad. So we recognized at the first moment how ill he is, and how urgently he needs help. His tough mother stood loyally by his side and doesn’t let him out of her sight. It’s a wonder, how strong she is. But she must… for herself and for her son.
Doctors in Gaza contacted us this week with an urgent appeal to rescue 17-year-old Wasim, who was in heart in the ICU in Gaza. Wasim had surgery in Israel as a baby, but was never followed up, and now the conduit placed long ago was far too small for his grown heart.
Our Gaza team pushed with all their strength to get Wasim to Israel and he arrived at the Sheba Medical Center Friday night, after the Sabbath had already arrived. And thank God, because Sunday the crossing from the Gaza Strip was closed by authorities there over fears of the coronavirus.