Today Mohammed underwent a special type of catheterization at Sheba Hospital, in which he was given a medicine to induce tachycardia so his heart could be observed via three catheters. There were two electrophysiologists in the cath, his pediatric specialist and one of the first electrophysiologists in Israel, who is now retired but still attends some interventions.
When co-worker Carina and I arrived to hospital, some of Mohammed’s extended family from Beersheva were there and they were such nice company to have. We joked that medicinal careers run in the family, as his mother is the head nurse of a cardiac unit in a Gaza hospital and her cousin who was visiting her, was an ambulance driver. They gave us true Arabic-style coffee in these miniature paper cups, which, if you’ve ever drank Arabic coffee, you know a little goes a long way for how strong it is.
At around ten in the morning, after two hours in the cath lab, the cardiologist came out to share some very good news. There are no electrical problems in Mohammed’s heart, it is completely normal. What he needs to do now is go and play outside and play soccer with his friends.
He and his mother were so excited to hear this news. It was a joy to know this outcome for this wonderful boy!
Mohammed and his mother spent a long day waiting for an admission to Sheba Hospital, where he will undergo an Electrophysiology study.
The day was long but the time for Mohammed passed in a really beautifully productive way. One of the staff at the hospital who works with the children on the wards, invited him to create a 3-D model of a heart. He approached the project with enthusiasm and determination. This project choice was really awesome especially given the fact that he wants to become a Cardiologist with a specialty in Electrophysiology. His mother said that he’s seen and felt the help he has received from these specialists and wants to do the same for others.
Because he has been admitted to the hospital, the project of the heart model will continue tomorrow, and his mother, who is a cardiac nurse, will also continue to enjoy the project!
Getting to know them has been a gift, and I pray for their future, that God will use his life to bless others.
Mohammed is a 13-year-old from Gaza. He is here with his mother who is the head nurse of a cardiac surgery unit at a hospital in Gaza. Mohammed has traveled much in his life, with a previous consultation at Sheba Hospital and two cardiac ablation procedures at Hadassah in Jerusalem and a hospital in Hebron.
He experiences heart arrhythmias often, and has even experienced fainting episodes due to his condition. Mohammed loves football, and I hope that one day he will be able to run without pain and play football with a team.
Mohammed is currently staying with Shevet Achim in Jaffa until the hospital has availability to perform various diagnostic tests to determine if he would be a candidate for an electrophysiology study and catheter ablation procedure. Please pray for Mohammed and his mother as they wait.