With a hug and a high five
Today I met a nice boy with long brown curly hair from Gaza. He came to Sheba Hospital for an ultrasound and EKG.
Anas was so sweet, patient and went through everything very calmly.
Anas looked with interest at the monitor and the lines on it. When he was able to get to the doctor, Anas got the great news that he doesn’t have to return to the hospital. No longer need medicines. In other words, he’s doing very well.
With a hug and high five, Anac said goodbye to the doctor. God be believed and praised. We wish Anas all the best.
Since Anas arrived two days ago, I’ve been texting his mother. She knows Shevet Achim really well and she knows Sheba and Anas’s cardiologist very well also. As we talked throughout this time, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction that even if she wasn’t here with him this time, she knew he was in good hands.
The cath yesterday went very well at Sheba Medical Center’s Children’s hospital. God willing he will no longer have episodes of tachycardia.
Anas was discharged early this afternoon and went back to Gaza with his grandmother.
It was really special to look after Anas in this time, it was like an honor to look after the child of a close friend. Anas is a beautiful boy. Everyone who knows him loves his gentle and playful personality.
Please pray for him as he grows over these next months until he returns to Sheba hospital for a check up.
A few months ago Anas came to Israel as an electrophysiology referral. While he was here his cardiologist was able to manage his tachycardia with two medicines. Today’s check up showed that the medications are working well and his condition is stable enough to continue with this, rather than have him undergo a catheterization ablation which is better done when older.
Anas and his mum are always a delight. They were like a breath of fresh air when they stayed with us a few months ago, and today was the same. We will see them again in six months for another follow up at Sheba.
A beautiful quality of gentleness
Anas was discharged from Sheba Hospital today. He has been re-started on his medication and will stay at the Shevet house for a week to be monitored. If no problems arise, he and his mom can return to Gaza in a few days.
While I brought the car to pick them up, Anas, his mother, and co-worker Sabrina were sitting outside the hospital. Anas befriended an orange cat that made the grassy area outside the children’s hospital her home turf. Last week, when he was discharged, he managed to endear her by giving her some strawberry yogurt, and this time it looks like she remembered him!
Later on, after we returned to Shevet, I found Anas sitting on the couch, cuddled up with our dog Shevie! His gentleness and fascination with animals is a beautiful quality and one that I saw very clearly today.
Places are brighter with his presence
On this past Friday night, Anas entered into a prolonged episode of tachycardia. Thankfully he was wearing his Holter Minister so the episode was able to be documented.
Co-worker Colin and I were sitting in our room, each doing separate things, when she abruptly told me “We need to go to the hospital.”
Anas’ mother had texted Colin to tell her about his heart rate going up to two hundred. Colin waited with Anas’ and his mother until a room was ready and he could be admitted to Sheba Hospital.
Today, the doctors decided that it is best to wait on an intervention catheterization until he is a bit older and has a chance to gain weight. So he will be restarted on his medicine that controls these episodes, and after some oftime being monitored in the hospital,might be possible for him to return to Gaza.
At a time in our community with little staff and many families and a very busy schedule, Anas and his mother have been truly a joy to have with us. Today he went to the hospital for an Echocardiogram and took his remote control car with him! He was playing with it while we waited, and later on he was doing a project with one of the hospital social workers. Wherever Anas is, the area is brighter for his presence.
Sweet Anas was discharged today for continued observation of his tachycardia. Please pray that the doctors will be able to extract from the results of an episode, enough information to best figure the plan of treatment.
All along the way, the electrophysiologist has been so helpful, willing, and kind; we know Anas is in the best hands.
He enjoyed coming back to our Jaffa coast Shevet house and has just returned from the park with his mom and co-worker Colin.
Please pray that this sweet boy can flourish.
Anas is a five year old boy from Gaza. For the last six months he has been experiencing abnormal heart rhythms, and even once required cardioversion, a procedure that sends electrical shocks to his heart through electrodes.
He is no stranger to the Intensive Care Unit, frequently needing medical care. He has experienced so much recently, and yet he was still so trusting. We bonded immediately and he even held my hand as we walked through the hospital doors. He loved the red car in the vital signs room and was hesitant to leave the car.
Praise God he is relatively stable with the medications he is receiving. Hopefully he will be able to be fully assessed to determine how he can be cared for in the best way possible. I am very thankful for doctors and hospital staff in Israel, specifically at Sheba Medical Center, anawho advocate for these children from Gaza, and for people who genuinely care.
Anas will be staying with Shevet Achim in Jaffa for the weekend, until further arrangements can be made. Please pray for Anas and his mother as they wait for the next step