Today our little Sanad came back to Sheba Hospital for his pacemaker follow-up appointment. He and his mother came to the hospital by themselves, so we met them already in the pacemaker clinic. Sanad was very proud of his lollipop and showed it to every one of us.
At that moment he and his mother were still waiting to talk to the doctor about the pacemaker Sanad has had placed for half a year now. Unfortunately we couldn’t attend the appointment and met them later again to talk about what happened.
Thank God that pacemaker works really well and Sanad is doing pretty good. He will only need to come back in six months for another follow-up.
And you can also see that Sanad is doing very well. When we met him the second time, he was fooling around, running through the hallway, full of energy and joy. It was so wonderful to see him like that, bigger and less scared than in October when he was admitted to the hospital. He is growing really fast and is an extremely happy child.
Praying for Sanad to remain that happy and joyful child.
Sanad was recovering great after his catheterization. Already at Thursday night, just some hours after his cath coworker Petra and I met him in front of the children’s hospital with his mom.
Today he was happy and walking around but not allowing anyone to touch him except for his mom. Sanad is doing so well that he got already discharged back home today and so we waved goodbye to our cute boy and his mom. We will see them again in one month for another follow-up echo.
Thanks for your faithful prayers for this happy boy!
When coworker Craig and I came to the hospital this morning, we found that Sanad was in catheterization. I was surprised that he had a catheterization today, since the doctors hadn’t mentioned it yesterday. However, his mother was doing very well, and enjoyed talking with the other moms who were waiting with her. After about four hours, Sanad came out of cath. The first words the doctor said to Sanad’s mom were, “It went perfect.” Sanad was already waking up. He cried when I walked in because he thought I was another doctor. However, after a while she calmed him down, and he fell asleep. The doctors were able to do three balloons in his heart to widen the pulmonary arteries. Praise God for a good cath! Please pray he continues to recover well.
We went to Sheba Hospital for a few visits and appointments today, one of which was to look in on little Sanad.
Sanad has been moved now to the secondary Pediatric ICU and seems to be doing well. While this is a very good sign, it is not yet known when Sanad will be discharged. There’s more work to be done.
Thank you for keeping this little fellow in your prayers for a complete recovery to full health.
Sanad finally had his surgery at Sheba Hospital today to make his blood in his upper body go directly to the lungs to get oxygen. It went all well and for now he is stable. His blood pressure as well as his saturation are good for now. He also had a pacemaker placed.
His mother was really worried about Sanad and kept walking up and down, but there were some mothers of other children she talked to and accompanied her a little. Shortly before we left after being with her the whole surgery, she thanked us for staying with her and we could see that she meant it.
Please continue to pray for Sanad and his recovery. He still has a lot of treatment to undergo and the doctors will need wisdom to treat him right.
CT scan and further plans
Today Sanad had his first CT at Sheba Hospital. With this CT scan, the doctors want to see what they have to do next so that they can decide on a treatment plan for him. After entering his room to visit him, we found Sanad sleeping. He must be really tired from his appointments.
Please pray for Sanad over the next weeks he is in hospital as it won’t be easy for him and may be tiring. Let us also pray for the doctors and medical staff.
Sanad’s mother was finally able to join his father at the ICU bedside this afternoon, and she was met with good news from the doctors at Hadassah. They’re hoping he may come out of this with two functioning ventricles, rather than going down the single ventricle route which requires three surgeries and still leaves the heart seriously weakened.
Sanad was successfully weaned from the ventilator today, and is stable. But as the father commented, when Sanad opens his mouth to cry still no sound comes out! Let’s pray for him to grow into the fullness of all God has created him to be.
We worked with Israeli authorities today to allow Sanad’s father to reach his bedside just following his emergency surgery today. Doctors successfully corrected the coarctation of his aorta and applied pulmonary banding to protect his circulation until a second surgery can be performed in a few months.
The next 48 hours will be critical, we are trusting the Father’s good purpose for the life of little Sanad and for his family.
After languishing several days in hospital in Hebron, the Lord opened the door for Sanad to be rushed to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem this evening, where we found him undergoing his first echo exam in the ICU:
After clarifying the anatomy of his heart, doctors hope to take Sanad to surgery early next week.
Meanwhile our coworker Margarita gave Sanad the most important care: the love every baby (and every one of us) needs.