Today we received the news that Ghada is finally off of oxygen support.
Praise God they were able to completely wean her off of this support. I hope her parents are enjoying spending time with their precious daughter, and are able to hold her. Praise God for steps towards improvement.
A positive outcome for Ghada
Beautiful Ghada had surgery to fix the coarctation of her aorta. Co-worker Nicolle and I met her parents today, a really lovely couple, and close in age to myself. It was really cool to talk with Ghada’s mum and hear a bit of her story.
It’s rare that two parents are in attendance for the surgery, but there was a steady, silent reassurance between them as they waited, which was beautiful to witness.
The surgery lasted four hours before Ghada was out, and now she is in recovery! Nicolle and I saw her mum again before we left, and she looked very happy to be breaking her fast (due to a Muslim holiday) with the other mums in the hospital! They have a really wonderful, inclusive, and supportive community between themselves.
Thank God for this good day, Ghada was the first of three surgeries, and really, we praise the name of Jesus for the positive outcome for Ghada.
Ten-day-old Ghada is a beautiful baby girl who was transferred to the Sheba Medical Center from a hospital in East Jerusalem last night via ICU ambulance as she is on mechanical ventilation. Her father is a resident of Jerusalem and her mother from the West Bank.
Tomorrow Ghada is scheduled to go in for emergency surgery to correct her coarctation of the aorta.
She is here with her dad, so please pray for them both, and also for her mum, who so recently gave birth but is away from her baby for this important time.
We’ve been asked to help newborn Ghada make it into an advanced medical center in Israel, after a hospital in East Jerusalem found they could not carry out the emergency surgery she needs to correct a severe narrowing of her aorta. Ghada will also need surgery to correct congenital glaucoma, as well as a malformation of the thumb of her right hand.