The Lord walks with us and always knows what we need before we know it. As often happens, today I was able to experience this again. Just as I was about to go to the ICU at Sheba Medical Center to visit our Shevet children, currently in the ward, Adel and his lovely mother came out of the ICU. The Lord put me in the right place at the right time.
Little Adel was transferred to the secondary ICU on the 4th floor today. I accompanied Adel’s mother there, and stayed with her for a while. This woman is a very calm and peaceful mother, as I noticed again today. She said that she is very thankful for everything the hospital and Shevet are doing for her and her lovely son.
She was at Adel’s side all the time, showing him her love. We both looked at her little son and I compared his little finger to mine. It is impressive that all of us have been that small once in their lifetime. One of his fingers can fit into mine probably ten times. Cute little boy.
Praise the Lord, little Adel was only in the ICU for two days after his surgery, and could already be transferred today. Thank you for your prayers for this family. You are very welcome to continue to pray for a good healing and recovery and that they will be able to leave the hospital soon. Lord willing.
I went to the ICU today at Sheba Medical Center after the surgery of Adel was finished. Her mother greeted me with a happy smile and when I asked how the surgery went, she replied to me in English, “easy surgery.” The Lord blessed the doctors with a surgery that hadn’t had any complications.
I chatted with Adel’s mother for a while as well as I could. She speaks a little bit of English which makes it easier for me to communicate with her. I asked her how she learned to speak English, and she said a little bit from school and from speaking with people. She is a lovely woman with a lot of energy, and the few times that I’ve visited her now, she has been very happy. I asked her if Adel is her only child, but she told me that there is one other daughter waiting for her back in Gaza. I am impressed by her English sentences because they are constructed very well and it is always nice if our parents speak at least a little bit of English so that we can chat with them a little bit.
After a while I needed to leave her, so we hugged each other and I told her that I will pray for her and for Adel, that he will recover well from this surgery. Thank you for your prayer support.
Today I was visiting our little boy Adel and his lovely mother in Sheba Hospital. I didn’t find them where they were the day before. An obliging nurse told me that Adel was not in the ICU anymore, that he was moved to the secondary ICU on the fourth floor, which can be interpreted that our Adel has seen improvement. What a blessing for this baby boy!
I found Adel peacefully sleeping in his bed. I could see on the monitor that his vital signs were good, his condition stable. He still neeeds oxygen support. His lovely mother hopes he will get better soon. She is always on his side.
Thank you so much for all your prayers! We are so thankful for what God’s doing in Adel’s life.
May his body adjust to breathing without mechanical ventilation and in time, breathe without any oxygen support. Thank you God for Adel’s life.
Thank God that so far, Adel is recovering quite quickly and nicely, but please continue to keep this little boy and his lovely mom in your prayers and that they can extubate cute Adel soon.
For the first hour of our wait, there was another family from Hebron there whose son was having a catheterization later today. They encouraged Adel’s mother not to be fearful, that they treat transposing of the great arteries a lot here, and that the doctors are very good. It was clear that this family from Hebron knew exactly how Adel’s mum was feeling. The question that brought tears to her eyes was when they asked how old her son was. Five days, she said.
Eventually they went back to their room and Adel’s mother and I went outside. The Sheba supermarket we visited two days ago we frequented again today. We ate chocolate biscuits outside under a tree. We considered them breakfast as neither of us had eaten a meal yet.
Adel’s mother is quiet and gentle, which I really love about her. She asked if I had studied at university and said that she hopes to attend school again and study English. I loved her response and told her that yes I studied history and it is very important for women to go to university, so I hope she does attend one someday when her son is a little older. We spent an hour chatting outside before going back into the children’s hospital. Her cousin who lives in Israel, came to the hospital to be with her. This was the first time in seven years that they had seen one another.
Please pray for this sweet, five day old boy as his body adjusts to the operation. May God bring healing and growth to little Adel.
As we sat outside Sheba Hospital together with another mother, Adel’s mum took a few deep breaths of the fresh air. “His surgery is on Thursday,” she said very calmly and evenly, though she had begun to cry. Earlier we had gone to the hospital’s shopping center, and she had been drawn to items that would make good presents for her one and a half year old daughter. She was thinking of them both.
Please pray for their whole family who now find themselves apart; may our God bless Adel’s life and his surgery on Thursday.
Newborn Adel was blue at birth and doctors in Gaza quickly discovered that the great arteries of his heart are switched from the natural position, and therefore pumping blue rather than red blood out to the body.
Our Gaza coordinator Amar, and the team at the Sheba Medical Center, acted immediately to bring Adel to Israel, and he reached the Sheba ICU this evening for stabilization and assessment.