Yakeen is an incredibly beautiful daughter of God, and I am excited for her to grow and to experience the world. She will be staying with us in Jaffa at our coastal halfway house until her next cardiology appointment, which is in a week.
She has been recovering well and the doctors have been trying their best to find the perfect balance for her medications. The doctors decided to discharge her into the care of Shevet Achim, to host her for the next week and a half.
She will need to return for a blood test and also a follow-up Echocardiogram. Please pray for Yakeen and her mother as they rest up with us. We hope they will have a lovely time bonding with those at our Shevet home on the Jaffa coast.
Her repair and PA banding surgery was substantial, but thank God she has been taken off of mechanical ventilation. Hopefully soon she will be moved down to the secondary ICU floor of Sheba Medical Center.
Please pray for her young mother who is now caring full time for Yakeen. Although she has had other children, taking care of such a young child immediately after an operation is a big shift from taking care of a healthy one.
Please also pray that the Lord would enable us to see to the needs of Yakeen’s mother and to effectively support her during this time.
When I met her mother today, she was so kind and calm. She asked when her daughter would need a second surgery and when will she be transferred out of the ICU, but in each case, the doctors need time to see how her body adjusts after surgery.
So please be in prayer that Yakeen’s recovery is without complications. Her mom also expressed her gratitude for the work of Shevet. She said that “you become tired for us,” which is a phrase that’s often used. I remembered my co-worker Amar’s efforts of coordinating everything between Israeli and authorities in Gaza, the hospitals and ambulances; it is an uphill battle and never an easy task. I told her that Amar works with his heart for every child, and as those who know the love of God in Jesus, to help and love others is our duty.
Please pray for Yakeen and her mom and their family; she has four other children in Gaza that are eager to see their mother and sister again.
Yaqeen’s parents brought her to the doctor at the age of 13 days after noticing she was feeding poorly and had a slow heartbeat. They were stunned to learn that she has critical narrowing of the aorta, the main artery which distributes blood throughout the body.
Doctors at the Sheba Medical Center agreed to rush her to Israel, and Yakeen arrived safely in an ICU ambulance just before the start of the last, great day of the Feast of Tabernacles.