Deiaa's Heart Surgery


Out of ICU, with Tom and Jerry

Posted on Wed, 12/05/2007 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley
As I walked into ICU today, Deiaa's mother was standing at the door as the nurses were working on her son. She didn't understand what they were doing because they asked her to go stand beside the door. She said that she had been waiting a while before I entered. I thought I would go ask the doctor what was going on, but before I could, they informed us that Deiaa was being moved into intermediate ICU. Once I told Deiaa's mom the wonderful news, she was so happy and we hugged. She had a huge smile on her face and began to thank God for the good news. (Click the arrow below to watch a video clip of Deiaa awake.)

Deiaa is well on the way to recovery now but still has a bit of trouble breathing so they have the oxygen dome over him. Please keep Deiaa and his mother in your prayers.

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Surgery Accomplished, To Mother's Relief

Posted on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 00:00 by Lee_Liang_Chian

After the disappointment of having Deiaa's operation postponed last Tuesday, his mother was greatly relieved to see him in stable condition in the ICU after his operation which lasted over four hours today.

Deiaa has complex heart problems, and after his operation the anaesthetist who was attending to him in the operating room personally came over to the ICU to check on him.

For now, everything looks good but Deiaa has to be closely monitored over the next couple of days as this infant comes out of the sedation. Do keep your prayers going!

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No Surgery Today

Posted on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 00:00 by Lee_Liang_Chian

I was very surprised to see Deiaa being fed by his mother when I arrived at the children's ward late morning today. Did he not have his surgery this morning as scheduled? His mother shook her head and gave me a mournful look. I found out from the doctor later that the surgeon was operating on a patient throughout last night till early this morning, so today's scheduled operations had to be cancelled.

It's such a letdown, because Deiaa looks fit and ready for the operation anytime now, and his mother is impatient to have it done at the earliest possible date. GOD willing, Deiaa will have his operation on Sunday.


Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Mon, 11/26/2007 - 00:00 by Lee_Liang_Chian

It's Deiaa's turn to have his surgery tomorrow! His mother was happy to tell me the good news when I visited today, and the little boy looks all set for the challenging time ahead.

Deiaa's mother wanted to take a look at Deiaa's blog on Shevet's website and wondered if more pictures would be posted. Tara's mother was in the children's ward today and she translated my reply: yes, there will be more pictures and stories on Deiaa following his operation tomorrow.

Later in the evening, a clown named Dooley dropped in to visit the children, fashioning 'doggy' balloons for each of them and Deiaa received a bright yellow doggy to wish him a smooth operation procedure tomorrow.

Change in Weather, Change in Outlook

Posted on Thu, 11/22/2007 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley


Deiaa was invited for an evaluation and upon his evaluation was admitted right away on our last Tuesday run. (The first time I visited him in Gaza, I knew that he was a sick little boy. There were tears and not much sound, there was a lot of wheezing and he just looked really tired.) Upon the news of his admission right away, his mother was very nervous and began to cry. I shared with her that she would not be alone in the hospital and that the staff would take care of her.

Deiaa had his catheterization last Wednesday and it went very well. The doctors decided that they wanted to keep him at the hospital for an operation this week. From my understanding his operation will be very difficult and the doctors are working together on a plan for Deiaa's surgery. Over the past weekend I called to check on her several times and I could tell there was still a bit of nervousness in her voice, but she seemed relieved to hear a familiar voice. Since Deiaa's mother has been in the hospital waiting for the operation, she has let her guard down a bit and is starting to feel comfortable at the hospital.

As I was preparing to visit the families yesterday I thought that I would take a jumper to Deiaa because the weather has changed here so quickly. Deiaa and his mother aren't used to this type of weather in Gaza. Gaza gets cold, but it is still a bit warm in Gaza now, not like it is in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. So when I walked in the room to visit, she looked relieved. I began to hold Deiaa and play with him a bit and I told her that I have something for Deiaa. When I handed her the jumper she was so happy. She told me that in the morning she wanted to purchase something warm for Deiaa but didn't have the extra money so thanks for bringing it. I told her that it wasn't from me--that God provided this for her--and she just looked at me. I told her that he heard her prayers this morning and provided a warm outfit for Deiaa.

I went in to another room to check on one of our Iraqi mothers and she followed me into the room. The Iraqi mother was a bit aggravated with one of the nurses and Deiaa's mother told her that the staff was very good and is taking very good care of Deiaa. I was so pleased to hear these words. As they are waiting and anticipating what is ahead for Deiaa I ask that you pray for the doctors to have wisdom about how to handle his surgery, and that Deiaa's mother will have peace.