Today, we thought Wasim from Gaza was supposed to have an echo at Sheba Hospital. However, there was a bit of a mix up about the appointments, and he had to have a pacemaker appointment instead. His aunt and uncle came to help him with his appointment, which was a great encouragement to him, and a great help to me since they speak Hebrew and made friends with all the doctors.
The pacemaker doctor said that Wasim us doing very well, and that the changes they made to his pacemaker are working out beautifully. Wasim doesn’t have very many restrictions on what he’s allowed to do now, and he only has to come back for an echo in January.
After his appointment his aunt and uncle left and I had to pick up some medicine for him, which meant that he was left alone for almost two hours. He didn’t complain at all. However, he was very happy to go back home to Gaza this evening.
Since we’re a similar age, it was interesting to get to know his perspective. He told me that he would like to go to university to get the qualifications for an IT job. I told him that I also want to go to university soon. What a good conversation!
The doctor’s assistant confirmed that everything was fine with the pacemaker for now. Wasim has an echo appointment next week. Until next Thursday, he will stay at our guesthouse in Ashdod. I’m already looking forward to further discussions with him!
Wasim had an echo at Sheba hospital this morning, followed by an appointment to check his pacemaker. The doctors reported very good results from both appointments, and Wasim will return for another checkup in six month’s time.
Coworker Joanne and I really appreciated Wasim’s positive attitude and the attention he gave to little Hassan, another patient from Gaza, during a long day at the hospital.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to meet Wasim and his mother for the first time. Both of them are lovely and very friendly and helpful. I’m glad that I had the chance to meet them and I’m happy that they could spend a day with our community in Jerusalem.
I am even happier that Wasim had a full and detailed Echo-cardiogram today and that the outcome of it was good. He was released to return to Gaza and his lovely family waiting there today. However, he needs to inhale with inhalation spray to help him with his breathing, and the doctors at Sheba Medical want to see him again after six months.
Praise the Lord that he is doing so well. And thank you all for your prayers for this young man.
Due to the long journey out of Gaza, through the Erez border crossing and into Sheba, Wasim was only able to attend his pacemaker check today. The brief outcome is that everything is working well with the pacemaker. He needs to have a full and detailed Echo with the Cardiologist, who wants the time to carry out this full assessment for him, therefore it was rescheduled for Wednesday of this week.
In the meantime, we are happy to enjoy the company of Wasim and his upbeat and kind mother at our home in Jaffa and then In Jerusalem tomorrow. As soon as they arrived to our home, Wasim’s mum insisted on whipping up a dinner for 14 people of a delicious maqluba.
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.