Little Salma was discharged from Sheba Medical Center today, after only three days in the hospital. A real supergirl. Praise the Lord. When co-worker Georgia and I were at the hospital today, Salma’s kind mother told us with joy that she and her little daughter can be discharged from the hospital already – today! What a gift from God.
When we went to her room in the Secondary Pediatric ICU, little Supergirl was peacefully sleeping in her little bed. We brought Salma’s loving mother and little Salma along with three other families to our community house in Jaffa. It is always lovely to see how the mothers that had been with us for a while now, are helping the new mothers that are coming to our home. One of our lovely mothers did this for the mother of Salma today as well.
Both, Salma and her lovely mother are very peaceful, and it is nice to have them with us for a few days. Salma needs to take some medication and come back to the hospital on Sunday for a follow-up. Please pray for our little Supergirl and her kind mother as they are in God’s hands.
Salma’s mother knows a few English words, but not enough to make everything we wanted to communicate clear enough. So what a blessing it is that some of the medical staff at Sheba speak Arabic.
The doctor appointed to speak with Salma’s mother also spoke in Arabic and was able to both ask and answer some questions. This made Salma’s mother understand and be encouraged by the care that would be put in place for little Salma, her beloved baby.
Cute little Salma didn’t like to be checked by medical staff for her examination. We tried to play with her, to sing, and thankfully somehow diverted her. But this beautiful little girl found comfort only in the arms of her mum.
It took time with our appointment. After her Echo-cardiogram, the doctor told us that Salma’s condition is stable enough to have an Intra-cardiac Catheterization. Their plan is to delete the Stent that was applied formerly.
Salma has a room on floor 5 after some long waiting for it. We hope she and her mother will have a blessed rest before the new day. Please pray with us about the Catheterisation for sweet Salma and for the medical staff who will work at improving and restoring her little heart.
She was relying on a medication to keep her Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) open, but by way of a catheterization, doctors were able to place stents in her PDA to keep it open and allow for the circulation of oxygenated blood to her small body. Praise God, she recovered and responded very well to the procedure. She was discharged with medications.
One of the medications which helps prevent blood clots developing in her stent, was not readily available at the major local pharmacy. It was not possible to obtain until a few days later. One of Salma’s relatives drove all the way to the border to deliver this medication for Salma.
Our neighbor Moshe kindly brought Salma and her mother from the hospital to Erez Border Crossing. They navigated many challenges, but praise God that Salma was able to return to Gaza. The doctors would like her to return in a month for a follow-up visit, and possibly later in life, she may need a surgery.
Please pray for their time together in the quarantine house, which is mandatory for all returning to Gaza. We look forward to seeing her soon.
Newborn Salma was resting quietly in the Sheba Hospital ICU when I met her today. Even being only a little over a week old, she resembles her beautiful mother so much.
I got to chat with her for a bit and explain who I was and that I was a volunteer from Shevet. She had so much peace about her even in the midst of the ICU. She’s a lovely woman.
Please pray for Salma’s future, she will have an interventional catheterization in two days, God willing.