The small Mohammed is still in the normal Pediatric Station at Sheba Medical Centre. The general condition of this lovely boy is stable. I didn’t get updates on changed procedures with him.
As I arrived at their room today, a nurse and a therapist were busy on his bed assisting Mohammed in his medical and physical activity. He, of course, was crying. After the exercises were finished, the therapist told me how good the therapy was for his development and explained to me how I can continue with this measure.
Mohammed is an intelligent little boy. He was following my voice by turning his head and looking at me with his inquisitive eyes. It was like a play for us together.
Mohammed is still also in the process of learning how to drink by himself. He had a different pacifier today, which should help him to restore his sucking process. But he loves just one of them. All the other he throws up! He knows what he likes.
Please keep praying for his recovery!
Underweight but no weighty problems
Praise God that what was written in the last blog on the progress of our precious Mohammed, became true when he was moved to the normal Pediatric Station at Sheba Medical Center.
When Co-worker Carina visited him today, he was awake and wide-eyed and doing pretty well, all in all. Happily, he is no longer on the monitor. He doesn’t need full-time surveillance now and he is without oxygen assistance, which is absolutely great. For now his weightiest problem is that he is under-weight and still fed via a nasal-tube.
Having been moved to the normal Pediatric Station, it is lovely that Carina is now allowed to go into his room and spend some more time with Mohammed’s gentle father and little Mohammed himself.
One of the physio-therapists told us that they are trying to teach Mohammed the motions of eating again because it seems that our poor little boy has forgotten how to do it; re-learning this skill is vital to the weight-gaining process.
Therapists are doing little exercises that encourage Mohammed to turn his head, move his mouth, and his little eyes. Thank God that he is doing well so far, and thanks to those praying for this precious little boy and his father.
When I came to the Sheba Medical Center Pediatric Cardiac ICU to visit Mohammed and his dad, a nurse was checking him with a stethoscope. Then I went into the room and saw Mohammed awake, with opened eyes and without the ventilator. For me it was the first time seeing him since he had had his surgery and it was so encouraging to see Mohammed smiling and looking so good. Also his dad was very happy and told me that Mohammed is doing very, very well. Then little Mohammed was washed and dressed into some new clothes so I could take these nice pictures of him.
Another nurse came into the ICU area and told me that they want to move him out of the ICU today to the normal Pediatric Station and that they are thinking about discharging him and bringing him to a hospital in Gaza near their home.
Thank God for this quick and very good recovery process of Mohammed, please pray that it will continue.
The respiration of beloved Mohammed
When co-worker Carina and I went to the Children’s ICU of Sheba medical center to visit precious little Mohammed and his father today, he was already extubated.
One of the nurses told us more about his state and that cute Mohammed loves it when you talk to him and that it calms him down very easily and quickly when he’s crying because he loves this attention.
She told us as well, that his oxygen saturation was not sufficient enough to allow him to breath on his own. Therefore, controlled oxygen was administered. This is a nasal tube in which he receives extra oxygen from a machine.
PTL he doesn’t need medicine anymore during the day, but at night only and if it is necessary. They ended the ‘Total Parenteral Nutrition’ (TPN). Hopefully our beloved Mohammed can be moved to another floor very soon and continues to recover well. Your prayers for him and his father are much appreciated.
Our beloved Mohammed is still in the Pediatric ICU at Sheba Medical and still intubated. However, praise God, we received good news when co-worker Alena and I visited him today, which is that he can be extubated, Lord willing, in the next few days.
The nurse told us that before extubating is possible, they want to apply ‘Total Parenteral Nutrition’ (TPN), that is, more infusion per vein. Mohammed is a very small baby. We pray for more strength in his body. Please join us in this prayer.
Little by little, the day after surgery
When I went to the Sheba Medical Center ICU today to visit Mohammed, his father welcomed me. He was very friendly and still happy because Mohammed’s surgery yesterday went so well.
My Arabic is getting better “shwaie shwaie” (little by little) which is why I was able to ask the dad how Mohammed is and he told me he’s doing pretty well after the surgery yesterday.
PTL and please continue to pray for cute little Mohammed, that he will get better and stronger soon, and for his dad’s peace of mind.
Today it was the day for Mohammed to have his surgery, he has already had one surgery and one catheterization. After Mohammed was brought into the surgery room, his dad and I were waiting with some others in the waiting area directly near the door from which Mohammed would come out again after the surgery. So we knew that it would probably take about four or five hours and even if we didn’t communicate that much because of the language barrier, we just sat there waiting together for Mohammed’s return.
After about four hours, we asked a nurse about the surgery and he told us that it‘s just finished. It took again some time to prepare him to come out of the surgery room, but then finally, the doors opened and Mohammed was rolled out in his bed.
Following them to the ICU, they said that the surgery was successful. We had to wait again for Mohammed who was being connected to all the tubes and electrical appliances in his room. His dad was really happy about the good surgery, thanks to our heavenly Father! For now, Mohammed will stay in the ICU to recover from his surgery. Would you pray for him?
When we visited Mohammed today, he was even awake which was very nice. It was so cute to see him with his eyes opened. A nurse told us that it‘s not sure yet when the surgery will be and also what they will exactly do. So please pray for wissom to figure out and decide what to do.
Bringing all things into the light
As Mohammed’s father and I waited outside the cath lab this afternoon, we prayed that this new investigation would shed light on the reasons Mohammed is still unable to breathe on his own five weeks after his surgery. Suddenly a large medical team burst through the doors, hustling Mohammed back to the ICU:
When we caught up with them, they said they were finally able to see the causes of Mohammed’s difficulty, and doctors will put together a plan to take him back to surgery.
“Look how valuable your son is,” I told the father at one point. “Eight people are working on him at once.”
Catheterization planned for Tuesday
Today Jonathan and I visited Mohammed and his dad in the ICU. They have tried to take the ventilation with the oxygen away but he wasn’t able to breathe on his own. Dr. Sheron came in to look after Mohammed and check him. She will do his catheterization on Tuesday. So would you pray for him that he will recover and will come through his cath well on Tuesday?
Trusting our Father for Mohammed
Today we found Mohammed still intubated, with an elephant toy lovingly propped opposite him. His nursing staff tell us there’s still a long road ahead, with few signs of improvement at this point. The father adds that financial pressures are growing on the family while he is with his son and unable to work. Let’s continue to trust our Father for every need of this family which he loves.
We understand that little Mohammed has had a difficult few days, still in the Intensive Care Unit of Sheba Medical Center. His oxygen levels have dropped and he has needed to be intubated again.
Please keep this little one in your prayers, that he would be granted the strength to fight back and receive a full recovery to the glory of God.
Today, I was able to visit little Mohammed and his dad in the Sheba Medical ICU. It was nice to see them and to see how Mohammed is doing.
He is recovering well, but very slowly his father said. He also took a very nice picture where you can see that Mohammed is still a happy baby despite his circumstances.
Let‘s persevere in prayer for him so that the good recovery process will continue.
Thank God little brave Mohammed is now stable. His father has said that he is getting a little bit better every day. He is recovering very slowly, but still this is good news for the little man.
Let us continue to pray for Mohammed and his father, that the little one will soon be well again and that the father will get strength from God to continue to get through all this.
Mohammed still unstable, prayer needed
We found Mohammed this afternoon under close observation, his faithful nurses telling us he is still not stable following yesterday’s surgery. Prayers are needed for him in these next 24 critical hours.