Gaza Children's Heart Surgery

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Kenan and Inji

Posted on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 01:08 by Anna Kaufmann
Sophie, Yousif and I went to the Erez Border to pick Kenan and his father up. While driving back to Wolfson hospital, Yousif and Kenan's Dad had good conversations. At the hospital, it took us a little while to find the father with his baby, but then we finally found them and stayed for little time. The doctors came and checked Kenan so he will be able to get his surgery the next days.
We also visited Inji for a short time to see how she is. The sweet girl was laying in her bed with lot of cables around her, but she looked stable. Please pray with us that Kenan will get his surgery soon and that the surgery will be successful. Please also pray for Inji that she gets better.

Quality Time with the Gaza Families

Posted on Sun, 09/16/2018 - 23:49 by Miriam Svensson
I went to Wolfson Hospital today together with Yosef, to visit the Gaza children that are currently admitted. The first one I met was Loaj, a sweet and chubby 3-year-old boy. His father explained to us that he has had his second heart surgery. Loaj was a bit shy towards me in the beginning, but after a while he opened up. We played with some toys and he laughed and chatted to me in arabic. 
We also spent some time with the mother of 2-year-old Inji. She was waiting in the ward while her prescious child was in surgery. We did our best to communicate a little, although we didn't have a common language. I could tell she was worried, and I tried to give her support and comfort. 
Next to her bed tiny baby Amar, only one month old, rested together with his grandmother. He had surgery only a few days after he was born. They were waiting to be discharged to go home to their family. A little while after lunch they were ready to go, and Loaj was also being discharged. 
Just before we left we got the news thet little Inji was out of surgery. Her mother was very relieved and happy as she said goodbye to us.
As I drove towards Erez with Loaj and Amar, both the children fell asleep. Suheil talked to the father and the grandmother. I thought about what a privilege it is to spend time with these families, and how the Lord can make it possible to communicate without common words, through love. Please pray with us for these children and their families, that they will they will grow in health and in knowledge of the Heavenly Father who loves us all.

Meeting Inji

Posted on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:09 by Sophie Harvie

It was wonderful to meet Inji and her mother today as we accompanied the pair to Wolfson hospital. Inji was to be admitted with the expectation that she will likely have her surgery tomorrow.

It was a real delight to have Suhail with us today as this allowed us to communicate together with Inji's mother. We learned that Inji is from a very large family and her father was one of 26 children! Inji herself sat babbling excitedly away in the car seat and her joy was contagious.

God really went before us at Wolfson. The nurses were very kind and a bed was ready for Inji on our arrival. After a few initial checks it was time for us to leave. We were able to share a prayer with Inji and her mother before we went. Please join us in praying that Inji's surgery goes really well tomorrow and that she and her family know the love of our one true God.

Happy Families

Posted on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 03:22 by Georgia Willcocks
Our day started early, with a trip for me and Yousif down to Erez to collect an unconfirmed but steadily increasing number of children for the Gaza clinic today! We took 3 boys, including little Sharif with his grandma, who was being brought into Israel urgently. The others came ahead of us in taxis. 
We had the pleasure of Bo and Bella coming also to Wolfson today. They are father and daughter who arrived to our community yesterday from the USA. 
In the clinic today was Marwa, Ahmad, Shariff, one little Bashir and an older Bashir, Hadeel, Judy, Wasim, Yhia and Raghad.  
All of these had good outcomes today, and were able to go home, including little Shariff, who we were expecting would be admitted. He slept peacefully all afternoon. 
It was also a complete joy to see the grandmas of Asil and Ebtisam. They have been in the ward this past week with the precious little girls, and seem to be getting on ever so well. Ebtisam's grandma greeted me with kisses and said that Ebtisam should be having surgery tomorrow.
Asil's grandmother explained that Asil was in surgery that morning, and she is feeling peaceful. She also shared some photos of another new grandchild who was born yesterday! He is going to be named after his grandfather. She proudly shared that Asil is named after her. 
Later, I saw Asil after her surgery. The staff in the ICU said the surgery was successful and that Asil is stable. Her grandma was delighted, asked me to take a photo of her and Asil and then hurried off to share the photo with the family. 
Please pray for these lovely families. Thank God, for His steadfast love endures forever. Intercede for the families and ask that God would make His face to shine on them and bless them and be gracious to them. 

Hasan's Special Heart

Posted on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:41 by Jennifer Kellner

Early this morning, we arrived at the Erez border to pick up Hasan and his mother from Gaza. They are such a lovely family; his mother greeted me with a big smile as she got into the back of the car. It made my day that they were so gracious as we took Hasan to his echo appointment. 

Sheba was very busy today and we were greeted by several other Shevet Achim staff and mothers/babies in the lobby. It's like running into family. 
Hasan's echo went smoothly and the doctor was kind enough to explain in both Arabic and English what is wrong with Hasan's heart and how they plan to go about fixing it. It was fascinating to learn that Hasan has only half a heart right now but he can "still love" said the doctor, with both sincerity and humor. They will eventually do two more surgeries that allow blood to go straight from the upper and lower body to the lungs, eliminating the need for his right side of the heart. 
Hasan is an adorable child and his mother so clearly loves him abundantly. He will be admitted to the hospital next week to have his catheterization the following day.

Gaza Clinic Day!

Posted on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:20 by Co-authored
We met the families at the Erez Border this morning and picked up Souzan and Yazan with their guardians. The other children for the clinic followed in a taxi. Today, Asil, Ebtisan, Muhammad, Saher, Sali, Sma and Sami also had assessments. 
It felt very busy with so many children in the clinic. After a while, it became easier to play with them as they became more relaxed.
Here is Saher, who is 8 years old.
She can speak some English which she was keen to test out as we played together.
This is Muhammad, who is also 8 and enjoyed playing with cars while we waited for his assessment.
Many of the others today were babies. They were carefully watched by their grandmother's and aunts who accompanied them. 
This is Asil, who stood out because of her beautiful big eyes. She was the child who came as an emergency case.
She is 8 months old. Her guardian was lovely and friendly and can speak a little English, which she learnt in school. Asil was admitted for a cathertisation. 
Also admitted today was Ebtisan, who has just turned 1 year old. She will have a catheterisation also. 
It was good news for all the other children today, who are able to return home. Please pray for these children and their families as they travel, and for Asil and Ebtisan who remain in hospital. Please pray for peace for their families as they trust in God. 
Written by: Georgia Willcocks and Anna Kaufmann 

To Wolfson We Go

Posted on Tue, 08/21/2018 - 21:48 by Jennifer Kellner

Early this morning, we took two vans to the Gaza border to pick up four families. Elizallden, Seba, Nawal and Jamal were all ready to go shortly after our arrival. Each of the children already had heart surgery and needed to visit Wolfson for checkups/echos. 

As we arrived, Jamal's grandmother blew up balloons and had the children bouncing them around playfully in the lobby (as seen in the photo). Soon, however, the medical team had to administer a large dose of medicine that tastes quite harsh, especially for small children. Jamal was very upset even minutes afterwards. Nowal, also pictured in the photo, was not happy about the medicine either but we all cheered for her when she was done. She seemed happy to see everyone supporting her.
All will head home to Gaza by the end of today except for Nawal, who was admitted for further examination. We pray that God's favor would be over their health and lives for the many days to come. Please join us in lifting them up to the Lord.

Mohammed and Marwa

Posted on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 19:11 by George Bekx

Mohammed is going home today! All his stuff was ready to leave. It was not entirely clear whether it would happen in the morning or afternoon, though.

Marwa has been back in the hospital for the last 10 days and will probably be operated on Sunday. She has recovered from her previous hospital period, and her body is stong enough to undergo this operation. 

Please keep praying!


Sami with our Gaza Patients

Posted on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 22:34 by Jesse Tilman

"Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow. 'Come now, and let’s reason together,' says Yahweh: 'Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land'." Isaiah 1:17-19

Baby Sami has joined two of our other Gaza Patients at Wolfson Hospital. He got surgery before the weekend and is healing up now.

They still have him on strict intake restrictions, but his guardian is making it work well. A pacifier and a little TLC (tender loving care) go a long way! Hopefully he'll soon be able to take milk normally. 
Sami is the baby that came out in very dire condition by ambulance and went into surgery upon arrival. He's also the cousin of Ghazal over at Sheba. Thank you for praying for this precious child. It was a miracle that he made it intact. With the oxygen depleted at one point we heard, we didn't know if the trip would be successful! That and the ambulance hand over at the border of Gaza were sticking points, but thank God he is now safe in the doctors' hands at the hospital. 
Big Mohammed is next to Sami and doing alright. He's still in for a few days and fighting with the hospital ways. His guardian watchs over him and keeps him out of trouble though. 
Marwa is just a few doors down from them and doing great! She even showed off her dancing skills when we visited. She's energetic and playful and it's so good to see her healthy after her bouts with fluid and swelling. Here's a picture of her entertaining a fellow patient with a video while they did a check up.

Mohammed Returns to Gaza

Posted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:18 by Jesse Tilman
"Whatever comes to your hand,  do with all your power..." Ecclesiastes 9:10a

Little Mohammed returned to Gaza. After his echo at the Gaza Clinic, he is good to go for another while before the next check up. 

His aunt was great as she took care of all their things. Mohammed mostly slept and the ride down was fun as we traded some conversation and got to know each other.