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A Well Functioning PEG

Posted on Sun, 09/23/2018 - 22:08 by Malene Stoltenberg

On out visit today at Sheba hospital we were lucky to find Ana and her mom in their room this time. Ana was very happy and playful, when we talked with her and her mom. The new PEG Ana got last Thursday worked well and looked very fine, so now she will hopefully be able to gain weigh and be stronger for the cleft palate surgery.  Ana’s mum told us that it can be difficult for Ana to gain weight because she is very active and wants to play, but the PEG is helping a lot. She also told us that Ana has just said her first few words!

Give thanks to the lord for the good development of this lovely, little girl.  

PEG Surgery Day!

Posted on Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:07 by Miriam Svensson

When our team visited Sheba hospital today, we went to look for Ana to see how she is doing. But she was not in her room and we found out that she was in surgery to get her new PEG. This was great news! Now she will be able to get good nutrition and gain weight and strength, preparing her for the upcoming surgery of her cleft palate. 

Later Ana's mom sent us some pictures so we could see how she looked today. We thank the Lord for holding this prescious girl in His hands. He is in control of every step of her way towards full healing.

NG tube

Posted on Sun, 09/16/2018 - 00:29 by Magdalena Ott

Today we saw Ana with her mum at the hospital. She has a NG tube now for getting nourished. Her mum told us that she vomited yesterday and so she lost some weight which could contribute to the postponement of her surgery. The medical staff want to reinsert her PEG tube to increase her weight more rapidly but due to the holidays this intervention cannot be done immediately.

When we saw Ana today, she did play with a lovely boy next to her, her mum mentioned that they have become friends already.

Please pray that Ana will get used to the NG tube and won’t vomit anymore. Please also pray that her surgery can be done as soon as possible.

Staying Positive

Posted on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 22:28 by Kimberly Kidd

Ana was admitted earlier this week due to pain from her PEG tube. Today, her mother informed me that the doctors have started Ana on an antibiotic. Ana is so dehydrated, the medical team has been struggling to get an IV in her hands and/or feet, but she is in need of nutrition and fluids. Her mother is very concerned however, she has a very positive attitude. The long term goal is for Ana to be able to have surgery to repair her cleft palate, allowing her to eat and hopefully get rid of the PEG tube.

I had already spent time with both Ana and her mom back at the Shevet house so I was very anxious to check on them. Ana’s mom was delighted to see Bella and me. These woman are so strong for their children!

Grow a Little More

Posted on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:33 by Magdalena Ott

This morning we had an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon.  We had to wait for a while.  During this time we played with Ana, and she was really happy, smiling and kicking her feet excitedly.  Ana has been fed through a tube to receive her milk.  Around lunchtime, she got tired and it was her turn to go to the doctor.  She was a little upset when the doctor examined her. The doctor told us she won’t be ready for the repair operation for another two months, because normally they would do this when the baby is around 1 year old.  She is only 9 months old plus she was born two months early, so she needs to develop more and grow a little bigger before she will be ready for surgery.  The doctor observed that she has a cleft palate and she has some fluid in both of her ears.  She can have ventilation tubes fitted in her ears at the same time as her cleft repair.  We will follow-up with the nutritionist to get higher calorie food for her to eat and grow bigger. The doctor was really interested in what Shevet Achim does, and he was really friendly. 

Ana's mum is very easy to talk to and she tried to teach us Arabic over coffee after her appointment.  We even spent some time talking in French which was funny!  Ana's mum loves to learn languages.

Please pray for Ana and the next few months ahead. Please pray specifically for her weight and size to increase so that she will be able to have her surgery soon. Ana has been away from home for a number of months already and it is clear that she misses her father and becomes very lively when she hears him speaking on the phone.  Pray for this family as they spend time apart from one another.

Ana's Gastrostomy

Posted on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:05 by Georgia Willcocks
Today was the day, finally, after being postponed multiple times, that Ana had surgery for a PEG. Sophie and I arrived to her room in the hospital just as the medical team were preparing her for the surgery. 
We left with her mother for around 20 minutes, and when we came back, the team were finished and we were pleased to hear the good news, that Ana's surgery had gone smoothly and successfully. Ana's mum thanked us for being with her during this time. She is such a special person, and it's a real joy to spend the time with her.
Ana woke up fairly soon after the surgery. It was lovely to see her beautiful face now with no NG tube across it. Mum shared the good news with her family and Ana's dad was quickly in touch via video-chat to see his precious little girl.
Praise God for this successful surgery and for the lovely time spent with Ana and her mother. Now, we just need to pray that she recovers well from this surgery as well, so that she is able to join us back home at Shevet. 

Visiting Ana

Posted on Sun, 08/12/2018 - 23:30 by George Bekx

Today we went to Sheba hospital to spend time with Ana and see how she is doing. Hopefully tomorrow the other probe will be placed, but that is not yet certain. Please keep praying for Ana and her family! 

Visiting Ana

Posted on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 02:15 by Nelly Bekx

Ana is doing well. When I visited her, she was laughing while we played. She liked playing peekaboo with me and hiding behind a towel. Her mom seemed hopeful, and said the doctor will remove the nasal tube in about two weeks and place a feeding tube through the abdominal wall straight to her stomach (gastrostomy). This will help her to gain weight quickly. She will then return to Shevet Achim until she reaches the desired weight. At the start of September, Ana’s mother has an appointment with the cleft specialist concerning a palate repair operation. Please keep praying for this sweet duo!

Almost There

Posted on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 23:02 by Jennifer Kellner

Ana is such a delight to be around – her adorable face and gentle demeanor are both wonderful. I feel like one of Ana’s biggest advocates now, we are always rooting for her. Surely God feels this way about us, as we are His children.

Currently, Ana is recovering well but she is unable to swallow and thus she needs to be fed through intubation. Due to the surgery and her cleft palate, she has temporarily lost her reflex to swallow. Surgery for her lip can only take place when Ana gets bigger.

However, we remain hopeful that God can restore any capability, including this little child’s ability to feed from her bottle. Ana will see a specialist and hopefully receive further guidance and expectations going ahead.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

We trust that God has plans to prosper Ana, that she would delight in the richest of fare both in her ability to presume feeding as normal and to one day know the fullness of our Father. Please join us in praying for this wonderful baby Ana alongside her mother, who need encouragement and healing at this time.

Secondary ICU

Posted on Sun, 07/22/2018 - 20:45 by Johanna Ebert

It’s been so good to see Ana and her mum today. Ana was lying in her little bed at the secondary ICU when we arrived; she welcomed us with a sweet smile. Her mum told us that the echo, which was done earlier in the morning, showed that the surgery was successful. 

Ana is definitely on the way to recovery. Praise the Lord!