However, we aren’t happy as much as we are concerned that Mohaned is not doing very well since he came back from the hospital. In the last few days, he has been crying almost all the time and has hardly been quiet for a minute. That’s why we took him to the hospital today for an Echo and an ECG so that the doctors can check if everything is all right with him. The result was that nothing was abnormal.
During the examinations Mohaned cried a lot, but his loving mum took care of him and tried to calm him down with milk and a dummy. This worked reasonably well. The nurses and doctors also lovingly took care of him and tried to distract him during the examinations.
Our whole team in Jaffa agrees that Mohaned is a completely different boy in the hospital. When he is not in the examinations, he is always totally quiet and you hardly notice that he is there. The little rascal seems to love the hospital. The friendly doctor, who also speaks Arabic, patiently answered all the mother’s questions and encouraged her that Mohaned is no worse off than the day he was discharged.
She suspects that Mohaned probably has post-operative pain, headaches and toothaches because he is getting his teeth at the moment. To alleviate this, it is important that the mother continues physiotherapy for him and that little precious Mohaned sleeps in a higher position. This should alleviate his headaches.
Today co-worker Sabrina and I were visiting our happy boy Mohaned and his wonderful mother in Sheba Hospital. His mother is always so pleased to see all of us when we come to the hospital ward. It was the same way today. She welcomed us, embraced us, and said in English, “I miss you!” Such lovely greetings for our coming.
Our sweet boy Mohaned was sleeping peacefully during this time. But not for long. After some time, he woke and did not want to stay in his bed. My co-worker Sabrina took him in her arms. He loved it and stayed quiet for a long time. It is unusual for him not to cry a lot. Thank God for healing our sweet boy. Yes, the general condition of Mohaned is very good and his recovery after surgery is complete. What a blessing.
Mohaned’s mother was waiting to find out if Mohaned would be discharged from the hospital today and I discovered that he was being disharged to the Jaffa house, which made his mother very happy. Plus the hospital gifted Mohaned and his mother with a brand new stroller. What a blessing.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support! We see a miracle story where Mohaned is concerned. We are so thankful.
When I went to Sheba hospital this morning, knowing that one of my tasks would be to visit our little “Schlingel” and his loving mum, I was already looking forward to it. We all miss the little “happy boy” and his mum with her humour and her sometimes funny crazy way with us, very much .
Let us all support this young mother, who gets so much patience and strength from God, and her little Mohaned in prayer.
After a big surgery on his small heart, Mohaned was moved today from the Pediatric ICU Depotament to the Secondary ICU at Sheba Medical Centre.
The lovely baby boy had a fever last night. But praise the Lord, he is getting better. Also he was extubated. He still needs oxygen via his nose however, and he doesn’t like it at all. When the baby is awake, he takes it away. The nurses have enough to do with him. Also his mother, who is at all times by his side, is a pleasant person throughout all of it. She is always so thankful and she is happy to see her beloved son’s recovery.
Please keep praying for this wonderful child and his mother.
When I arrived this morning at Sheba hospital, Mohaned had been just that moment taken into surgery, so I waited for his mother to reappear out of the surgery-room area. As she came outside, she hugged me and told me that she was very afraid. The doctors had warned her that this could be a very high-risk surgery for our sweet boy, and the news had been received solemnly by us all, not just Mohaned’s mum.
Still, we have hope. I assured her that there were many, many people praying for Mohaned. She was happy to hear it and appreciated that there are so many people who love him.
We took a walk outside, and despite the early hour of the morning, drank an entire bottle of Coke together (her favourite) as we sat in the sun, away from the severity of the waiting-area outside the OR. Mohaned’s mum said she was pretending that Mohaned was just with Carina or Sebastian, or any of our other Co-workers who adore little Mohaned. This is how she coped with missing him.
She described how happy Mohaned had been before the surgery, even when having a cannula put in his hand, and how friendly and happy he was with all the nurses and doctors. It was a really lovely way to pass the time with her.
As the hours rolled on, we returned to the waiting area, and were joined by another mother whose child was in a catheterization. When the doctors emerged from the OR pushing a large bed, they announced that all had gone well. We all thought they were referring to the child from the catheterization, which caused some confusion amongst everyone. The doctor then made it more clear that it was little Mohaned’s surgery which had finished and that all had gone well, praise God. Mohaned’s mother squeaked in excitement, unable for a few moments to process what to do. When it all clicked for her, she ran after the bed, and went up to the ICU.
As she needed to wait another hour approximately until she was permitted to enter the room, we sat together in the upstairs waiting room. As we were quite hidden behind the walls, and after two men left the room, she couldn’t contain her joy any longer, and ecstatically jumped up and down, (quietly) shouting “MOHANED!! MOHANED!!” then jumped up on the chairs looking out of the big windows announcing to the whole world, but only observed by me, “MOHANED MOHANED KOL BESEDER!!!” (‘All is well!’ in Hebrew). It was a big privilege to share the joyful moment with her.
Thank God for bringing sweet Mohaned through this surgery, and please continue to pray for his good recovery.
Our little “Schlingel” (German for rascal) went back to Sheba hospital today. We very much enjoyed the days in our community house in Jaffa with our little happy boy and his loving and very friendly mother and had a great time together. Each one of us has taken them both into our hearts and it’s as if they are part of the family. How can you not fall in love with that happy smile?
When I took them to Sheba hospital today they had to have a Corona test and wait a long time for the results. However, the wait was worth it because the Corona test was negative.
Tomorrow will be a big day for our precious little Mohaned and his mother. A complicated operation will be performed, which is associated with high risk for Mohaned. But we can know with confidence that everything is in God’s hands and we know that He has the best plan for this little boy’s life.
Your prayers for his worried mother, and for precious Mohaned’s surgery day tomorrow, are very much appreciated. Please pray that God will provide the doctors with wisdom and patience and strength and that the surgery will go as God has planned. For there is no better plan for our lives than His.
As always at Sheba Hospital, there are many people and they are all waiting. Thank God, for Mohaned’s first appointment, we did not wait too long ourselves. It was the physiotherapy appointment. Mohaned doesn’t like physiotherapy at all. But the therapist explained to us how important this particular therapy is for his lungs and breathing. He became so tired after this appointment, he fell asleep directly. So we had to wait a bit for Mohaned’s next examination.
Before his Echo-cardiogram, Mohaned’s vital parameters were checked and an ECG written. While he was on the examination couch , Mohaned was crying. His mother had to comfort him a lot and had to stay by his side. He was peaceful only when in her arms.
A Cardiac doctor inspected Mohaned. She found his condition to be better than before and his Echo results confirmed it. The doctor is therefore planning a Catheterization for this beloved boy at some point in the near future. Thanks for keeping him in your prayers.
It is the day after little Mohaned gave us so much worry and we rushed him to the ER at Sheba Hospital. I am happy to report that he was smiling today during our visit, he didn’t look so ill. I could take Mohaned in my arms. We played with each other. He loved it and was laughing.
But sometimes his mood changed. When he started to cry , he chucked his pacifier to the floor. In German, we have a word for such a rascal, it is “Schlingel!” Our little Mohaned is a bit of a Schlingel, but precious just the same.
We could get a lot of information about Mohaned’s condition. The doctors said his lungs are not doing well. He will stay in the hospital over the weekend and they will discuss a possible new Catheterization for him.
Please keep praying for him and his mother.
When I woke up this morning I had a feeling that this day was not going to go as originally planned. Many days at Shevet Achim don’t go as planned (at least from a human perspective), which makes each day exciting and varied in its own right. But God knows exactly what tasks we will face during the day and how we can accomplish them with Him.
Please pray for the otherwise happy boy, that it can be found out what is wrong and he can be helped. Also please pray for his loving and concerned mommy, for peace about the situation.
She puts action to Psalm 133: Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.
After Mohaned had his catherization last Thursday, he thankfully was discharged to our home in Jaffa the next day. The precious boy and his lovely mother enjoyed their time with us a lot. They went out to the beach together with some of us and with some of the waiting or convalescing Kurdish families that are in our Jaffa coastal home right now.
During the physiotherapy, he cried because of course he didn’t liked it at all, but it needed to be done. The physiotherapist showed Mohaned’s mother how to do the physiotherapy with Mohaned as well, which is good. Happy boy Mohaned (most of the time) and his gentle mother, need to come to the hospital around three times a week for the physiotherapy so that his mother becomes accustomed to it.
During the time he is with us, Mohaned’s mum will be learning how to do the physiotherapy that is so important for his lungs. She’s said that as long as Mohaned is okay, it doesn’t matter the time that they are here.
His mother is not alone in her commitment to him. The doctors who are treating him are truly incredible and are doing everything they can to help him. So many people are contributing to saving his life.
Tonight, the three Gaza families staying in Jaffa, including Mohaned and his mum, ate dinner with our modest number of Shevet staff. It was a good way to end the day, and even though Mohaned still has a long road ahead, it is all worth it for him.
Mohaned was the first to have a Catheterization at Sheba Medical today. When co-worker Sabrina and I went to visit, he was already in the intervention. His mother was so worried about him, which caused her a sleepless night. The young mother looked very tired. But she wanted to wait for her lovely son there, where she had to leave him with the doctors.
She needed some diversion. So we decided go outside in the fresh air for a walk. It was still morning , the weather was sunny but not so warm – refreshing. His mother was pleased to be outside, to take a deep breath and enjoyed seeing the park on the hospital grounds. After we went back to the waiting area on the fourth floor, we drank coffee together and even if I don’t speak Arabic and she doesn’t speak English, thank God, we were able to talk together at least a little bit with hand and feet.
We were waiting for three hours and then Mohaned came back from his cath. At first he was peacefully sleeping, but after a short while, he started crying; his pacifier didn’t calm him down, sadly. He needed the inhalation after the intervention, which quieted for a short time.
His vital signs were good and he didn’t need oxygen. The doctors said it was a difficult but effective cath. Please pray for our precious little Mohaned and his lovely mother for the next 24 hours, that there won’t be any complications and he can be discharged tomorrow.
Mohaned’s mum is quite worried about the catheterization, as although it’s not his first intervention, it is the first one which she will be there with him for. She is a little nervous about the hospital also, but is growing in confidence, and has a fun sense of humour, happily congratulating herself on carrying out some tasks independently. It has been so good to enjoy her company at our Jaffa community house over the past few days, and we hope and pray that Mohaned’s catheterization will be successful tomorrow.
Mohaned is a very lovely boy. He has a beautiful smile. Everyone was excited to see him. But he was crying a lot. We gave his mother some rest by holding Mohaned in our arms or playing with him.
Mohaned and his mother went to the hospital today, ahead of a catheterization tomorrow. It was a long day for them, because they had to wait for quite some time for their Corona Test, and then get to their room.
We bless Mohaned and his mother with good rest and patience!
The cardiologist (and I) was shocked to learn that Mohaned has only visited the cardiologist in Gaza once since his return, and only had his oxygen saturation checked once. He has not been receiving any medications or physiotherapy treatment for at least one month. The cardiologist deemed it to be an act of divine intervention that he is finally here and a miracle that he is alive. Mohaned’s mum also was shocked to hear how serious a problem it could be for him continuing as he has without medication. She says that it was difficult to get his medications in Gaza; this includes Aspirin, and blue inhalers.
It was a difficult day for his mum, which didn’t end there. She learnt at the pulmonary clinic, that he will need the physiotherapy possibly for his whole life, really compounding and driving home the message of the severity of his condition.
During our visit, Mohaned had some blood drawn. Then I held him for some time and he eventually fell asleep in my arms. We held him quite a bit when he was in Jaffa so it was very easy for him to settle because he’s known me and it felt totally natural to hold this lovely boy again.
Please keep him in prayer as he is stable in the hospital. The doctors have recommended a guardianship switch before he returns to Gaza, so please pray for expediency and favor with the border to grant the permission for Mohaned’s mother to come.
And please pray for wisdom for the road ahead; he will be a candidate for the Glenn procedure in three months time, God willing.
She shared with us that yesterday’s value for Mohaned’s potassium level was a bit higher. The doctors are waiting till next week to decide when the next surgery will be. Please pray for him that his potassium comes back to its normal value and that he can have his next surgery at the ideal time!
This morning Mohaned had developed a high fever. He responded well to medicine for his fever, but his temperature was still high. Due to both his heart and lung diagnoses, Mohaned is at high risk for developing other illnesses. We brought him to the hospital because if he was battling an infection, we were not sure if he could fight it himself.
Due to his reported symptoms, we were brought to the pediatric respiratory emergency hospital. He received several tests, including a corona virus test. Praise God that he tested negative. It is truly God’s protection that none of our children have tested positive for the virus.
Mohaned was admitted to the hospital. His kidney function was not well according to the blood test, and we hope that this will improve with some hydration. Thankfully his fever resolved and he slept peacefully in between many tests.
Mohaned is not fighting this alone. His sweet grandmother is by his side. We all love him like our own son. And of course, God is with him. His condition is frail by nature, but his strength comes from God. We are all weak, in need of divine love and strength.
Please continue to pray for Mohaned and his grandmother. May they know that they are not alone.
It has been a blessing to see Mohaned and his grandmother everyday here at our home in Jaffa. It’s an unusual and unexpected blessing to have this extra time with these Gaza families outside of the hospital and busy schedules. Mohaned and his grandmother are both very sweet.
Today, Mohaned had an echo and a respiratory checkup. The echo was good and as they expected. However, the doctors have discovered a new genetic condition for Mohaned that makes him susceptible to many different respiratory illnesses throughout his life. Because of this, they think that he will need respiratory therapy for most of his life, as well as antibiotics.
Even though this is difficult news to receive we know that we serve a God who is able to heal and restore these earthly bodies. He created us and knows us all from each hair to each vein. So we pray for the Lord to give Mohaned’s body strength and to respond well to this therapy. We praise God that Mohaned will be able to continue to stay with us here in Jaffa while the doctors work out this new plan for him. Please pray for wisdom and understanding in how to walk forward and for the Lord to continue to provide for all his needs. Mohaned knows who is watching over him:
Mohaned is looking great, but some concern from his doctors today over a drop in his oxygen saturation. His heart is functioning well, so they’ll be checking out his lungs thoroughly before deciding that he is well enough to return to Gaza.
Mohaned’s lovely grandma sends a kiss to all, and wants to thank everyone who has prayed for the baby. He is recovering nicely now, and feeding well.
Hopefully he will be able to return to Gaza next week!
Who could this beautiful baby be, now breathing on his own and out of the ICU at Sheba? Compare these two pictures to the condition Mohaned was in two weeks ago–glory to God!
It’s been just a week since Mohaned was rushed into surgery in desperate condition. Glory to God, here is the picture sent from his mother today! (We’ve not been able to visit him in the ICU ourselves due to coronavirus restrictions).
Thank God, the dedicated team at the Sheba Medical Center prioritized Mohaned’s critical condition above all others and rushed him into surgery today to repair his heart defect. Tonight he is stable and on mechanical ventilation in the ICU.
Due to multiple heart defects Mohaned was blue immediately after his birth on April 13, and rushed to the neonatal ICU where an intravenous drip of prostaglandin kept him alive. His doctors contacted us for help getting him into Israel–his only chance to live.
Thank God, despite the coronavirus crisis the team at Sheba Medical Center went the extra mile, including coronavirus tests in both Gaza and on arrival in Israel, to make it possible for Mohaned to reach Sheba Friday evening as the Sabbath was starting:
It is so good to see him in an advanced center with the resources to help him; Abraham and his seed were chosen for this reason, to be a blessing to all the families of the earth.