Four month old Raied returned to Israel for a follow up echo today. Intermittently over the last few months his mum has called Georgia as they built a very close friendship when she was here in the hospital, so today she was excited to her again.
The cardiologist in Gaza had taken Raied off his medications, which caused some change in his heart function, but overall he is doing well, and will come back for another follow up in four months.
His mum, along with Georgia and another Gaza mum went to the supermarket in the hospital to get some snacks for the drive which they really enjoyed, and a very special moment was when we arrived at Erez border and some of Raied’s mother’s family were waiting to say a quick hello to her. It had been years since they had seen each other. Seeing how they embraced and just sort of held one another for a few minutes after years of being apart was really quite sad; the relatives also held little Raied as well. The reunion lasted maybe five minutes before Raied and his mum crossed the border into Gaza. We will see this lovely family in four months time.
Raied and his mother had to stay at our guest House in Jerusalem with the other Kurdish families for a little while and they enjoyed their time there. Today they had to come to the Sheba Medical Center to see how Raied is faring and if there is a possibility for him and his mother to go back to the rest of the family in Gaza.
For me it was lovely to see this precious little boy and his extremely friendly mother today, because the last time I’d seen them was after his surgery in the ICU and he was still on the breathing tube. It made me very happy that I could see them again today after a long while, and that Raied was doing so well.
Raied had an Echo today, during which His lovely mother was holding his small hands to help calm him down. It worked out very well actually. After the Echo was done, we had to wait for the doctor quite a long time. This caused Raied to get a bit upset and hungry so he started to cry. I gave him a bottle. Thanks to the power of milk, after a short while he was falling asleep peacefully in my arms.
The waiting for the doctor was absolutely worth it. He told us that he and his mother can return back to their family in Gaza. When Raied’s mom heard it, she was literally jumping because she was so happy. Co-worker Sebastian brought them to Gaza today. PTL.
From the doorway, he looked very small in the bed and as I am not allowed inside the room (due to coronavirus restrictions), mum took my phone to take some pictures to show me the exciting improvement that he has made since I last saw them.