Meanwhile, please be praying for healing from these symptoms, and for peace for his sweet mother.
Fayez had an echocardiogram today in the heart clinic of Sheba Medical Center. As he traveled in his hospital bed, it was a reminder of just how small and precious he truly is. Praise God, his heart is showing improvement.
He still needs to transition from mechanical feeding to drinking milk independently. We continue to pray that he would grow. His mother’s heart is very beautiful. Though she is tired and yearning to return to her other children, she is willing to stay in the hospital so that Fayez can receive the best care possible. Fayez is precious to her, to us, to God.
At the Sheba Medical Center today, Fayez’s mother and I celebrated together as the mechanical ventilation machine was wheeled away from his room. The doctors did not think it was necessary for the machine to be in the room anymore.
He was extubated yesterday, but still receiving a moderate amount of oxygen support. Today, he was completely removed from oxygen support. His mother seemed to be full of hope as she saw the improvement.
Please continue to pray for Fayez, as he will have a check of his head to make sure there is no serious complication; there is some concern that his soft spot is larger than normal.
Fayez has an infection throughout his body, called sepsis. This is causing many blood imbalances. He is receiving antibiotics, and we are praying that he will be able to recover from this. He is relatively stable now, but the surgeons cannot perform his first surgery until he no longer has the infection.
Please pray for his mother as well, as she is recovering from delivering her beloved son Fayez. She misses her two other sons in Gaza as well.
And thankfully, we found the mom was doing well. However, it is difficult for her to be away from her family with two other kids at home and them having a difficult situation. Please pray for this sweet little boy and his family. May God give them grace and provision during this time and keep them under the shadow of His mighty wings. He is able and He can do it.
Yesterday a new baby from Gaza arrived urgently to Sheba Medical Center by ambulance. We welcomed new little Fayez to Israel! And when we write “new” we mean that this little boy is just eight days old.
When we looked for him, he was heading straight for a CT Scan together with a big group of nurses and doctors, as they needed to figure out some specific information about his condition.
In principle, Fayez has a difficult illness called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Children with this diagnosis are also called “the blue babies.” So you can see, it is a very difficult heart defect in which the functions of the heart are quite limited.
We are praying for a good and life-improving stay for Fayez in Israel.