His grandmother spent the morning and early afternoon ‘waiting’ time with her lovely group of friends, the other Palestinian mothers also in hospital. Omar’s grandmother and I had said that we would eat together after Omar came out of operation, but as it got to be around ten hours and with still more time to go, we ate together along with co-worker Georgia who joined us, as well as the other Palestinian mothers who brought food from an event in the hospital.
Our team found Omar resting peaceably today on mechanical ventilation and under the watchful eyes of his grandmother. If he remains stable the plan is to operate on Thursday immediately after the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashana. May we all honor our Father in heaven on this holiday by the way we care for our neighbors.
Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen: to break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and tear off every yoke?
Isn’t it to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your home,
to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will come quickly.
Your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry out, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
More from Georgia and Alena after visiting Omar:
Omar arrived during the weekend to Sheba hospital, coming from Gaza in an ambulance with his grandma. He is just over one month old.
As his oxygen saturation is so low, he is intubated, his body requiring the support of machines and medicines to sustain itself.
It was nice for co-worker Alena and I to meet his grandma and to hear that she has met her neighbouring Palestinian mothers and grandmothers in the ICU, who have welcomed her and made her feel secure in this strange and worrying chapter of her life.
Baby Omar has been undergoing assessments, and it’s possible that he will be going in for a surgery on Thursday, after the holidays. It could be that this is the first of many surgeries in his life.
One-month-old Omar’s young parents to the doctor in Gaza when they noticed he was blue. On echo it was discovered that Omar has a severe, life-threatening heart defect, described in his medical report as a “mostly-interrupted aortic arch,” which left his oxygen saturation at only 60% of normal.
There is no hope of treating such a defect in Gaza, so his cardiologist turned to us, and we turned to Israel’s largest hospital, the Shebe Medical Center. Thank God, they agreed to accept Omar, and he arrived today in an ICU ambulance.
He’s in good and caring hands now, and even though we’re entering the high holidays in Israel, we’ve seen so many times that if a life is at stake Israeli doctors will give up their holidays in order to save a life.