This morning, we spontaneously received the message from Sheba Medical Center that Khader will be discharged to Gaza. He had his cath yesterday in which everything worked well and was without complications. So I drove to the hospital to collect Khader and his mother, where they were already waiting. Khader was sleeping with all their bags placed near to him so we could leave directly. After having a humorous bit of confusion about finding the correct floor on the elevator, all in all taking almost ten minutes with that, we were finally leaving the hospital. Happy to report that while driving, Khader was quiet and peaceful. This helped with easy travels. After about an hour, we arrived at the Erez border crossing and said good bye. All in all, just a smooth and easy discharge, thank God!
I went to three different places in Sheba hospital today until I finally found Khader and his lovely mother. Khader was in a stroller, and greeted me with a bright smile. I was happy because Khader is recovering so well, and can sit in a stroller as his mother walks around with him.
She is a very friendly woman, and thankful for everything that the hospital has done and is doing for her. When I went into the secondary ICU at the hospital, I was happy to meet them immediately in the hall.
Khader’s mother was in a very happy mood as well. She took me into the kitchen on her floor and told me she wants to feed her hungry son. He took the paper from the biscuits package into his mouth, which showed he was very hungry. She said it is not yet possible for her happy Khader and herself to be discharged from the hospital because he had a fever in the night. But they will move to the normal ward soon and they will wait for the result of the blood test, and hopefully can be discharged tomorrow.
Please join us in prayer for this.
His blanket concealed the chest drains in his abdomen, but he didn’t seem aware of them; he was happy to try to kick off his blankets! His mum was exuberant with her boy doing so well less than 24 hours after his surgery.
This is such wonderful news for this family! Praise God! Thank you for praying for this little one.
As my co-worker Sabrina and I came today to Sheba hospital, we went to see Khader and get some information about his surgery. We were told that our small patient was operated on today and moved to a new room in the pediatric cardiac ICU. What a surprise!
We were able to meet up with Khader’s mother who came out of the ICU for a few minutes to greet us. We gave her a big hug. The doctor told us that Khader’s heart surgery was successful, thank God. Thank Him also for the work he’s done in Khader’s life.
Please keep praying for this cute little boy and for his improvement.
Today, co-worker Georgia and I went to Sheba Medical Center to see little Khader and to keep his mother company during the waiting time while Khader was in his catheterization procedure. When we met his mother, she told us her lovely boy was already in his room and doing well. What a surprise.
Later, I went to the secondary pediatric ICU to see little Khader. I spoke with the nurse who told me Khader’s cath was successful today. The doctors were able to dilate his pulmonary artery. They are planning also his next surgery. This will be in the near future, God willing.
We bless beautiful Khader and his mother, and ask God for His watch over the next treatment and the next time this beautiful family is here in Israel.
I couldn’t believe how big he is when I saw him. He had come last summer when he was a newborn and now he is almost one!
At the hospital his mother was very familiar with some of the families that have been here since she was, and she was also talking with her family, telling them how she was doing and how things were going with Khader.
It was a long day for both Khafer amd his mum as they arrived at the Erez border crossing at eight in the morning and his room at the hospital wasn’t ready until eight at night. Khader remained calm and smiley through it all. He specifically enjoyed when his mum and I passed his stroller back and forth between us.
It is so good to see this lovely family again.
Khader is now five months old. He came to Sheba Medical Center today for an Echocardiogram. This aids the doctors to see his progress, and determine if he will be ready for the Glenn procedure or not.
I almost didn’t recognize him except for his red hair, but other than that he has grown so well! In the Echo, his mom and I were laughing at how active he was; he didn’t cry but he was kicking his legs as if he was playing and his hands were also trying to hold the technician’s as she performed the echo.
The doctor was pleased to tell her that his heart appears to be recovering well from his big surgery! He is also gaining weight nicely, although he is still very tiny, just 2.85kg!
He returned to Gaza today, and will go into quarantine there for three weeks before returning to his family. This isn’t the last we have seen of Khader; we hope to see him again next month for an echo to check on his progress. In a few months time, hopefully, he will have grown and become ready for his next surgery.
It felt somewhat similar to the first time we met, the night Khader had arrived urgently to Sheba Hospital. Our Gaza admissions team really fought for him to get through the border crossing red tape, because at the time there was so much trouble getting a Palestinian ambulance to transport Khader to the border.
Since then, so much has happened in his little life. Thank God Khader has now been discharged after his one month stay at the hospital. He has come to the Shevet home in Jaffa to stay with us until his echo next week, and hopefully after can return to Gaza!
Good news for baby Khader is that hopefully this week or early next week he can be discharged! After spending most of his time at Sheba Hospital in the ICU, it has now been almost two weeks of being in the secondary ICU, and praise God that his path of recovery has been straightforward.
His mom is really happy with her son’s progress and also eager to go back home. Thank God for the life of this beautiful boy and all the medical staff who have so devotedly taken care of him.
This was my very first time meeting him and his mother, and all I could see was love. Khader’s mom shared that after multiple tests, Khader has been started on an antibiotic treatment to fight a bacterial infection in his blood.
He is also on a specific nutrition plan to help him gain weight, as he is only 2.4 kg. Please pray for Khader during his recovery period. Please also pray for his mother as she patiently waits and cares for Khader.
Hopefully Khader’s condition will continue to improve. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen them both.
Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
It was lovely together with co-worker Nicolle to spend time with Khader and his mother today at the Sheba Medical Center. In the morning he was in a procedure to have a PICC (central catheter) inserted for intravenous medications, so we saw him in the afternoon. The nurse commented on what a content baby he is, considering all the difficulties he has had.
Khader’s mother worried that he is not feeding properly, and so it was nice to be able to encourage her with a hug, which brightened her spirit. She is handling these long, tiring weeks in hospital with strength and dignity. Although we sat together with Khader lying in his bed, every time he made a sound, she was immediately on her feet to care for him. It is beautiful to see her heart for her baby.
Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. (Proverbs 31:25)
It was a relief to hear that Khader’s chest was successfully closed and to hear his mother say that all is well. There is great peace and joy in saying “all is well.” His mother shared these photos of precious Khader.
He had a Norwood procedure in his operation today. It took around five hours, and although his mum was in a bright and hopeful mood at the start, after about three hours of waiting, she started to become worried and nervous.
God really blessed her (and me) with a family from the West Bank, who joined us during the time of waiting. Their baby had had a big surgery for eight hours yesterday, and sadly, he required an urgent surgery again today. So as the family flocked around these parents, their care spilled over to us, generously sharing their tea, food and conversation for the rest of the afternoon. It was a special time, and it is good to be able to leave Khader’s young mum in the hospital with more friendship and support around her.
Please pray for Khader’s safe recovery, and praise God for a blessed day together.
One of them, a month old boy named Khader, arrived at Sheba Medical Center this evening, and I had the privilege of going there to meet him and his mother.
It was a long day for both of them. When I arrived, Khader was in the middle of an echo. It showed that he had many heart defects. When I walked into the hospital room, there was a blur of abbreviations for heart problems listed on the board in his room, ASD, VSD, TGA, and CoA. These all indicated a staggering complexity in the heart of someone so young.
His mother was a year younger than I and so warm and friendly despite being in a totally alarming and new environment. We talked about her family; she said that Khader is her first child. I told her that at Shevet we are Christians and will be praying for her, and that God can bring healing to Khader. Please join in praying for his precious life.
As our community goes through the book of Genesis in its morning Bible studies, I am convicted of the value of human life. God breathed into Adam and he came to life. So too, every human life carries, no matter what skin colour or ethnicity or country of origin, inherit value by virtue of being human. We are created in the Image of God, and it is an honor to witness the hard work of my co-workers at Shevet who fought so hard for khader’s life despite barrier after barrier. Thank God for opening this door so he can receive medical treatment.