Adeeb's Heart Surgery

The Gaza Strip

Adeeb Returns

Posted on Sun, 10/21/2018 - 12:41 by Noa Ehehalt

Today we picked up Adeeb and his grandmother from Gaza for an echo. He had a cath in Israel last year, but the echo showed he still has stenosis. Therefore he needs a catheterisation in about three weeks. Adeeb is a lovely boy and and has bravely endured everything. Adeebs's grandmother is a warm, lovely woman, it was nice to meet her.

Please continue to pray for Adeeb's recovery.


Adeeb Returns to Gaza

Posted on Sun, 02/26/2017 - 23:31 by Ruth Zellweger

Although the past few days have not been easy for Adeeb and especially for his grandmother, today was a day of rejoicing for them. Adeeb was discharged after a successful catheterization this past Thursday, during which the cardiologists dilated his narrowed pulmonary valve. 

I saw both grandmother and Adeeb around noon today, sitting in the waiting area and ready to return home. They had to wait for a while, however, as another Gaza child was at the clinic for a follow up. The grandmother was of good cheer and chatted with some friends that she had made while at the hospital. 

Adeeb was sleeping peacefully. He will be invited for a follow up echo after two weeks. We are thankful for the excellent medical care he has been receiving.

A Successful Procedure

Posted on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 21:39 by Debbie Sturm

Today Adeeb had his catheterization. We stayed with the grandmother waiting until it was done. She has been very thankful for our visit because she was so troubled.

During the waiting the grandmother shared her story with us. She told us that her son, Adeeb's father, has been out-of-work for a long time, and it is a huge challenge to take care of Adeeb and his five siblings - two of whom are sick as well. The grandmother helps as much as she can, but lately they haven't had enough money to buy milk. We are thankful that we were able to help the grandmother by buying milk powder.

The catherization was successful and it has been a joy watching the grandmother as she cried tears of joy. Praise God! In all likelihood, Adeeb can leave for Gaza soon. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. How good to know that our heavenly Father is in control and he can comfort them as no one else.


A Challenging Day

Posted on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:02 by Debbie Sturm
Today we went to pick up Adeeb and his grandmother from Gaza. He was invited today for a follow-up echo. When we met Adeeb this morning his grandmother told us he has not gotten any milk for 10 days. They had no money left to buy milk and instead they had been giving him tea. For this reason Adeeb was so hungry and did not stop crying. His grandmother was crying, too. The first thing we did in the hospital was to organize some milk and feed little Adeeb.
We stayed with the family for a few hours and tried to comfort the grandmother and Adeeb. Suhail also had the opportunity to help some other Arabic-speaking families who have been around. Adeeb had a few examinations in the hospital.  Afterwards the doctors decided to admit him as he needs another catheterization of his heart and potentially open heart surgery.

His grandmother was so thankful for the help received. But she looked so heartbroken as well. Would you pray with us for Adeeb and his grandmother? May our Lord comfort them and give wisdom to the doctors.


By the Healing Hand of God

Posted on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 04:01 by Co-authored

We received word this morning Adeeb and grandmother would receive discharge papers this afternoon and be ready to return to Gaza. Praise God, Adeeb was ready to go around 3 o'clock. The grandmother was so relieved Adeeb was healed and was very happy to be heading home. Her 10 days in the hospital were difficult, but looking back on the short stay, it's easy to say it was all worth it. Seeing how much baby Adeeb has changed is amazing. His coloring is so beautiful now, the blood flowing freely to receive oxygen from his lungs. He is also more active now. 

Adeeb will return for a follow-up appointment next month, God willing. In the meantime, Adeeb's grandmother has said she will be praying for all of us at Shevet. What a beautiful thing; we aim to bless the people God has put in our path to help, but it turns a full circle and we are being blessed by Adeeb and his grandmother.
There was also favor at the border today. The guard at the Israeli-side entrance to Erez was quick to respond with help when a cart was needed to tote Adeeb and the bags. It's a small thing but with big impact. We see people in positions like this often going out of their way to lend a helping hand, and we appreciate it so much! All praise to the all-powerful God. He had orchestrated all these things over the past days with Adeeb and the surrounding situations. His mighty hand has healed this tiny, precious baby; thank You, Lord! 

Adeeb Saved and Soon Heading Home

Posted on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 22:48 by jonathan

A pleasant surprise awaited when I checked in on Adeeb Tuesday, the day after his catheterization. Doctors were able to dilate his pulmonary valve in the cath lab using a balloon, thus saving his life and removing the need for any surgery at this time!

His oxygen saturation now stands at 88% of normal, and doctors will keep him in the ICU for a few more days to see how his heart responds to the change in anatomy. Then he's due to head home to joyfully-awaiting parents, thank God. Adeeb will need regular follow-up in the months to come, giving us the gift of watching his progress first hand, and praising God for another "brand plucked from the fire."

Meet Baby Adeeb

Posted on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 22:07 by Alexa Bigl
Suhail and I had the pleasure of meeting 4-day-old Adeeb at Sheba hospital today. Our team worked for many hours over two days to get everything in order, and Friday afternoon Adeeb and his grandmother safely arrived to the Tel Aviv mega medical center. Adeeb remained stable throughout the weekend and was doing well today. He was sleeping, like most newborns, almost all the time. He did wake up for a short time to let us know he was hungry. He emptied his bottle quickly and fell back asleep immediately. 
Adeeb is scheduled to receive a catheterization tomorrow to better understand the anatomy of his condition. We know Adeeb suffers from pulmonary atresia, so the blood flow to his lungs is reliant on another defect called a PDA. It's vital this PDA, a type of hole, remains open so Adeeb's lungs can receive blood for oxygenation. So, until it is time for the surgical correction of Adeeb's heart, he will remain on a special medication to keep that PDA open.
Adeeb's grandmother was so happy to have visitors, she is outgoing and open. We learned about her difficult family history including another grandchild with a heart defect and a son who was murdered seven years ago. The grandmother was tearful throughout much of our visit, but also shared many kisses and smiles with us. The time we were together feeding baby Adeeb was precious as the grandmother used the few English words she knows and I used my few Arabic words to communicate with one another. It seems there are special bonds to be created when we are in a place of humility that comes from knowing very little of a common language. 
There were many other Arabic mothers and grandmothers whose children were in the ICU or children's ward in the cardiac center; they were a little family all sharing each other's burdens and joys. Suhail enjoyed engaging some of the guardians, including Adeeb's grandmother, in a conversation about spiritual subjects and a lively conversation ensued for quite some time. 
Eventually, it was time for us to leave. Adeeb's grandmother is already looking forward to our next visit and expressed her thanks many times. It was so lovely leaving realizing we had been able to come in and build a relationship right away with Adeeb and his grandmother. God blesses us in so many ways - it can be easy to overlook. But when He reminds us of the good He is doing, it is truly amazing. We walked into Sheba complete strangers and left with a feeling of family and love among us. 
Adeeb has quite a road ahead of him with a catheterization, eventual surgery, and other interventions along the way. We will be lifting this brand new baby up in prayer, and we ask for you to join us.