Yazen might return to Gaza in the next few days, probably already tomorrow, as the hospital was asking to return him to Gaza in the next few days to free up a bed for an emergency child also waiting in Gaza. Yazen has multiple organ failure and severe neurological damage.
His grandmother asked me today if I could take a picture of them please and send it to her relatives in Gaza. At first I didn’t understand her and because she laid her hand on his head, I thought she was asking me if I can pray for him but then she asked me again and I took this picture of them.
I really like the picture. It shows that she loves him so much and even though she wasn’t asking me to pray for him, we should definitely do that. Let’s pray that when he is getting discharged from the hospital that he may arrive safely in Gaza as his parents surely are hoping to see him. It looks like the chances for him are quite small to survive. But that is in God’s hands.
So let’s trust in God as he is always providing what we need. Pray for strength and peace in the Lord for his grandmother and all of his family who surely truly love Yazen. Let’s trust our Father’s redeeming power, friends, both in this world and in the resurrection.
With the help of translation, it was communicated to Yazen’s grandmother that Yazen is very sick and in critical condition. The doctor said his liver is not working properly and there are other unresolved health problems that he was experiencing in Gaza and came here with as well.
The doctor repeatedly said that Yazen is really not doing well and that he isn’t making any progress at the moment, but instead the opposite is the case, that he is getting worse.
Yazen’s grandmother took this news with a lot of strength saying ,”I know that he is not good, I can feel it.” The doctor said that the hospital will continue to do everything they can do for this little boy and suggested that the grandmother should continue to pray and trust in God in this whole situation.
Your prayers are much appreciated as well. Please join me in prayer for Yazen’s grandmother as well as his parents back in Gaza. Don’t let us forget Luke 18,27, that what is impossible for humans is possible for God. So even though it may seem that there is no hope for baby Yazen from a human point of view, there is hope in the Lord.
But I imagine it to be very difficult for her and the others in the underground ICU, so your prayers for ongoing patience for this lovely grandmother and for a good recovery for her cute grandson Yazen, are much appreciated.
When the doctor entered the hospital room to check Yazen, she gestured for us to ask the doctor in English what he and others had seen in the scan. An Arabic-speaking nurse came in to translate the details.
The scan indicated there was bleeding in his brain, which is why he is on a new medicine given by injection. This will require some time. There isn’t a set precedent as to how every child recovers, the road varies based on many factors in their condition. While the fluid retention in Yazen’s body is better than it was, he is still in need of prayer for his complicated recovery.
Baby Yazen had his catheterization today. When his grandmother saw co-worker Georgia and I, she gave a wide smile and two thumbs up! Since she arrived last week with her grandson, she has been really interested in understanding all that is going on medically with Yazen. We asked if she had a nursing background and promptly responded with no, she has only been in a hospital setting twice before.
Baby Yazen is a week old baby boy from Gaza. His journey to Israel was a difficult one. He traveled via ICU Ambulance, but needed to stop at Barzilai Hospital, close to the Erez Border, as he was not stable enough to safely complete the journey directly to Sheba hospital.
Yazen did later arrive at Sheba, thankfully, and was immediately taken up to the ICU.
His grandmother traveled with him. We found her sitting in the waiting room and praying. We learned that she is Yazen’s paternal grandmother. Yazen is her son’s firstborn son, there are three older sisters. Although they are a big family, Yazen’s grandmother has never experienced anything like today before. Yazen is the only family member with a heart condition, and like most of us, she has never traveled through the Erez border crossing in an emergency ambulance, which needed to stop to stabilise the baby en route – all this whilst surrounded by a foreign language. We thanked God together for the miracle that she’d made it here, and now only needs to stay next to the baby. I tried to reassure her that she won’t need to do anything alone, and that there are people who will help her here, as well as many many Arabic speaking doctors and nurses.
Yazen was ready for us to see. As we approached his room, his grandmother seemed a little nervous to step inside. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how overwhelming the many machines surrounding a tiny baby can seem. The nurse looking after Yazen explained to his grandmother that he is in a stable condition, and that the doctors would meet to discuss his situation and see what intervention was necessary to help him.
Please pray for Yazen, whom we hope is beginning his journey of healing.