The day is etching closer when Rafiq is increasingly likely to be sent back home to Gaza. Closer, but still just out of reach though, so it seems. Rafiq’s grandma had all her bags packed today, expecting to leave Sheba Hospital. However, after speaking with the doctor, it became clear that today was not the day.
Thank the Lord that one of my more frequent prayers (“Help us and give us favour!”) was answered this evening. The channel of communication broke through, and we learnt that Rafiq had had a blood clot in his aorta, which has been treated with Clexane injections, and this is the final reason which is preventing him from returning to Gaza this evening. The decision from the department is that he can be sent to a hospital in Gaza, where these injections can be administered safely, thus helping to prevent the occurrence of another blood clot.Rafiq’s grandma and I sat outside the ward for some time together, after what felt like a long day. She is a very lovely lady, and she breathed steadily as she re-set her hopes, to be leaving the hospital tomorrow. I thanked her for being such a faithful grandma for Rafiq.
Thank God that when co-worker Carina went to Sheba Medical Center today to visit Rafiq, he was extubated and on the other side of the ICU. Though he is extubated, he still cannot breathe entirely on his own. Due to this, he is on high oxygen-flow.
There is no therapy for this precious little boy at present, but the doctors want to do a blood test in the next few days, to make a plan as to how they can help him.
Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and for his mother and for this little boy.
Thank God that the cute Rafiq reached the Sheba Medical Center safely in an ICU ambulance yesterday and now is given the possibility of healing in the pediatric ICU. Today he had an echo and it appears it is not a heart defect which is causing his respiratory distress. The doctors need to think about how they can help this little precious boy to be healed soon. Let’s support the staff there in prayer as they seek the way to save his life.
Newborn Rafiq reached Israel this afternoon in an ICU ambulance, in a fine example of prioritizing the saving of a life over the Torah prohibition on traveling on the Sabbath. Doctors in Israel will be evaluating him to learn why he is unable to breathe on his own after birth.
Doctors in Gaza have appealed for help in Israel for newborn Rafiq, who is in the ICU on mechanical ventilation for as yet unexplained reasons. Our Gaza coordinator Amar is working with the Sheba Medical Center to arrange an emergency transfer.