Ghada was more alert today! She opened her eyes and made some faces at her beautiful young mom as she was held.
Our visit today was short, as Ghada was in demand! The occupational therapist was at the bedside measuring and fastening some hand and wrist splints, and the physiotherapist was waiting her turn!
Ghana’s parents were both present and attentive as usual. It’s so nice to see a baby so well loved and both parents focusing so much attention on their daughter!
Keep praying for Ghada and her parents as they walk this challenging road.
Co-worker Erika and I arrived at Sheba Medical Center in the morning to visit little Ghada. When we arrived, the nurse said she is now in the Intensive Care Unit because they could not find her veins. In Intensive Care, the nurse told us that they tried to insert a Hickman (central vein line) twice without success and they will try again in a few days. We were also told that tomorrow, or when she has less water in her lungs, they will try extubation.
Ghada’s mother was very nice. She said that today is Ghada’s (monthly) birthday! Ghada is their only daughter. While we were there, we saw the dedicated care of her nurses and doctors.
Erica shared with me while we stood outside, that she had the feeling Ghada’s mother was very tired, but at the same time, had hope that it will be good with her daughter. She also saw that Ghada’s mother truly ap-preciated our visit and is thankful for the hospital team’s work and care for her little child
We bought them a cake before we left for the birthday. Please pray for a full recovery for the little Ghada.
Ghada has become a favorite to visit at Sheba hospital. Her young mom always greets us warmly, and today was no exception! She smiled a big smile when I told her that co-worker Alena sent her greetings; mom and Alena share a special bond.
We found out that Ghada will be scheduled to have a feeding tube placed in her stomach on September 8th. She is also waiting for a brain MRI to help determine her neurological status, and she may be scheduled for eye surgery in the next few weeks, due to her congenital glaucoma.
Please pray for little Ghada and her young parents, that they will know peace and have wisdom as they navigate this complex medical journey with their firstborn daughter.
A blessing just being there
Co-worker Alena and I have been visiting little Ghada at Sheba hospital today. I was so touched by what I saw, this was my first visit, and immediately started to pray for her and her young mother.
Ghada had her eyes nearly closed, it was so peaceful around her. The nurse came, did some checks and the results were in the frame. Ghada’s mother was very encouraged by our visit and I was impressed with how Alena spoke with her in Arabic.
The care and warm atmosphere in the hospital filled my heart with joy. The possibility to be in touch with the families in this way is a great blessing. Even though I couldn’t speak Arabic, it was a blessing just being present there.
Co-worker Colin and I arrived at Ghada’s hospital room today in the afternoon. Her room was being cleaned and all of her mom’s bags were outside the room. Ghada had been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit due to an infection in her blood that has since caused multiple complications.
We saw her mom later outside the ICU, and we sat with her for a few minutes with the other mother’s from the six floor; they encouraged her with their personal testimonies of their own children being stronger and more resilient than you might expect.
This is certainly true of little Ghada, she is a fighter. I wrote last week that Ghada is so clearly the delight of her parents, so to witness the dejection and sadness of her mother today was hard to stand by and watch.
Colin and I took some time to pray together with a few of the moms for all the Gaza kids at Sheba, but it was the helplessness I felt seeing the anxiety and anguish of Ghada’s mom that spurred me to suggest prayer. It is the only thing we can do and in that moment I knew we had to pray. I said that I often don’t understand exactly how petitionary prayer works. But I know it’s more than just psychologically off-loading burdens to a vaguely benevolent God. We pray to the God we know as revealed in Jesus, and somehow it matters in the eternal scheme.
So we bring Ghada before our Father in heaven, whose name is holy and whose nature beyond human comprehension. His ways are not our ways and we trust Him unreservedly with Ghada’s life:
Lord, in humility, because of our limited human frame and knowledge, we ask that you would bring about her body’s ability to fight the infection, that her body will respond to any antibiotics the doctors use to treat her, that you protect her life, because she is so little and meek; the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as her.
Little Ghada was moved to the secondary ICU, and will be able to go home to Jerusalem within the next few days.
She was extubated this week also, and her parents have been able to hold her again. Her mom showed me a video of herself and her husband happily holding their girl.
Today was actually the first time I saw Ghada face to face. She will need a visit from a speech pathologist to investigate her present inability to eat. She has been eating via a nasal tube all her little life.
She will also need surgery for glaucoma in the near future. Please keep this dear one and her hurdles in your prayers.
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.