Co-worker Sabrina was visiting the Secondary ICU when she met suddenly this cute baby girl as she arrived. The medical stuff were busy preparing a room, swift to care of her. Though everything was handled well and efficiently, it may be that the transfer was too much for our lovely girl, as she did spit up a bit. A nurse helped her directly. Little Mariam’s clothes and small bandage were removed and changed. It’s so great that parents are not alone in this process. The medical stuff is supportive and lovely.
Now our little girl is doing better. She is also without any oxygen addition. How great to see her young mother happy! Mariam still needs to drink more milk however. She may need some support for this.
We bless little Mariam with strength in her body! Thank you so much for all your prayers!
Mariam’s mother was so worried about her little girl. She could not drink or eat during the waiting! Also she told me she had no rest in the night because of the schedule for the day.
But we could have a conversation together. This young lady is very lovely and open. She told me about another of her daughters and her husband. I saw so much love in her eyes. She showed me some pictures from her home, proudly. This beautiful mother was also interested in my nationality, culture and language. She asked me many questions. Unfortunately, we neither of us spoke English very well, so it wasn’t easy to explain details to each other.
The four hours of waiting went by quickly. Our little Mariam had a successful surgery. She is now recovering in the pediatric ICU of the sixth floor.
Thank you all for your prayers and blessings for this wonderful girl, her family and this day!
So far, Mariam has been the quietest girl I have accompanied in an Echo. Every time little Mariam has needed an Echo, and I have been there, she has been very quiet and brave. She only becomes a little restless each time her loving mum pulls her clothes over her head. However, this is only for a few seconds and then she is calm and relaxed again.
Mariam finally had a catheterisation this morning, which was postponed due to her having Coronavirus. Mum told me that neither she not Miriam had any symptoms during this time, which is good to know, as Mariam is potentially quite vulnerable.
Four month old Mariam and her mother were called into Sheba Medical Center today. The first thing that was done on both little Mariam and her mother, was a Corona test. Of course, both of them did not find this very pleasant. Mariam had to sneeze a couple of times afterwards, because it tickled her little nose.
Mariam will finally be returning to Gaza, hopefully to be reunited with her twin sister. Today Mariam had an Echocardiogram appointment at Sheba Medical Center.
The doctor was happy with her progress and cleared her to return to Gaza for around six weeks. She will then return for a follow-up appointment. Mariam has a long journey ahead of her, and we know God will be with her every step of the way.
We will miss beautiful Mariam and her lovely aunt at our halfway house in Jaffa. Her aunt has been so kind to others and has also been diligently caring for little Mariam. Please pray for their return to Gaza as they will enter a three-week mandatory quarantine upon their arrival.
Baby Mariam was discharged to the Shevet half-way house on the Jaffa coast today!
After today’s Echo-cardiogram and a chest x-ray, the doctors saw that her condition has much improved. She’s a really sweet baby and her aunt, who has taken so much initiative in sacrificing on Mariam’s behalf, was looking forward to coming to stay with us in Jaffa.
It has been a long stay for Mariam in the hospital, as her surgery was just over a month ago and she has been in recovery ever since. Praise God that she is well enough now to be discharged!
Hopefully she will have a good Echo-cardiogram next week and then be able to go home to Gaza where her mom and twin await her!
Tiny Mariam was asleep when we arrived today; her aunt asked if she should wake her up for our visit. The nurse and I both quickly answered, “NEVER wake a sleeping baby unless it’s absolutely necessary!” So, although Mariam was unaware of our visit, her aunt received us warmly.
Mariam’s aunt was obviously quite involved and happy with her progress. Although Mariam had fever recently and is on antibiotics to fight an infection, her breathing is stable on just one liter of oxygen by nasal cannula. She is taking formula by bottle every few hours, mostly fed by aunt.
We expect soon to hear that Mariam is being moved to the secondary ICU as she slowly and steadily recovers.
Please pray with us that Mariam will continue to do well, and that her aunt will be encouraged.
Today at Sheba Medical Center, co-worker Debi and I sat with Mariam’s Aunt for some time whose joy was evident. Little Mariam had her chest closed – five days after surgery! Thank God for this step in her recovery.
I am looking forward to seeing Mariam in person hopefully soon. For now, the ICU is forbidding us to enter due to COVID restrictions. Once she is transferred out, we will finally meet this beautiful girl in person.
Please keep praying for Mariam, for her continued improvement.
Please keep praying for her as she begins to recover after this major operation. Her aunt accompanying her, has been welcomed into the fellowship of Palestinian moms forming at our halfway house in Jaffa. They give each other support and share a bit of their lives and times together, while in the context of this comfortable, albeit temporary, home together.
Mariam is almost two weeks old now. When she was eight days old, the doctors discovered a heart murmur which led to the diagnosis of a congenital heart defect.
Praise God she arrived safely to Sheba. Her heart is incredibly complex, with the diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She is currently relying on a medication called Prostaglandin to keep her alive until surgical intervention.
The cardiologists hope for a Norwood procedure this week. Please pray for Mariam and her family as they start this journey of healing. We look forward to welcoming her and to meeting her.