Gaza Children's Heart Surgery


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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. 
 

Omar, Noor, Marwa

Posted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 01:54 by Boltin Teeter

Today three kids where omitted from Gaza to receive treatment at Edith Wolfson Medical Center. All three patients had an echocardiogram to determine their current need for surgery.

Omar was the first to get an echocardiogram and the doctors reported good results! They said every thing looks good and Omar is cleared to go back home. Omar will need to get an echocardiogram once a year to make sure he continues to stay healthy. 

Marwa was next for an echocardiogram. The doctors came to a decision to have Marwa and her mother stay at the hospital for a catheterization and possibly surgery. Despite the results of not returning home today Marwa and her mother where still in high spirits. 

Noor also recieved an echocardiogram and the doctors reported that he is also cleared to return home to Gaza! This was good news to Noor and his family. In the photo below Noor and Yusef in the waiting room after Noor’s echocardiogram.

Praying for Love and Support

Posted on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:29 by George Bekx

Ahmed has been in and out of the hospital for 7 years. He has had a CT scan and has been operated on before and will probably be operated again. Ahmed has multiple ailments, and some deviant behavior. We gave him a piece of fruit and cake, but he threw it on the ground. He was lying down in bed with his aunt and then she kept crying. Unfortunately, Ahmed was no longer approachable because he was angry. Spending most of your life in a hospital is very difficult, so please play for Ahmed - not only for physical needs of healing, but also for him to feel love and support instead of anger. 

Hadi (pictured below) is 6 years old and was with his grandmother for an ultrasound. He comes across quietly and grandmother reacts with restraint. We also gave him some cake and fruit.

Mohammed is 4 years old and very agile and busy. He can go home with his grandparents today.

Please keep praying for these precious children! May God's mercy and love pour out over them and their families. 

Healing at the Weekly Gaza Clinic

Posted on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:09 by Jesse Tilman
The multitude also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people . . . and they were all healed! Acts 5:16
 
This week's Gaza Clinic started with our two vans driving in opposite directions. I went to Gaza and George and Yousef went to the Central Bus Station to pick up some family members. Three children came with me and 6 followed by taxi later. Last of all came Mohamed by their own transportation. 
 
 
At the hospital, Simon from SACH came with Dr. Sasson, the lead surgeon. A man from Belgium came with them to see the work. 
 
 Jaffar was diagnosed by Dr.  Basher at 5 days old and went in for  surgical repair soon afterward with success. He's standing strong now, more than a meter tall in his yellow shirt.  
 
 
Pictured next to Jaffar in the white shirt, Marwa is back for an atrial switch operation. She'll be admitted and attended to soon, though not today.
 
 
Ahmed was also in our morning trip. His grandmother had been fun to get to know the last few times she's come.  He was admitted. 
 
Prettt Mai in the white was attentive to what went on around her. Her family from Jerusalem came to see her, including one lady in a wheelchair!
 
 
Ali in the stroller cried a bit and didn't have the energy to do much more. They almost missed the taxi home. Fortunately the time they took to get in allowed Mai's uncle to get back with a cane he had bought for Mai's family. 
 
Eshaq the baby in grey was fat and happy, looking around and smiling at George. We played a lot and he was easy fun throughout the day. 
 
Hadi in green sat and watched the goings on. He was admitted.
 
 
Mohammed came later and joined the party. He's in the red shirt and was active. He was admitted for operation soon.
 
 
As they filtered through the system we helped them go to the nurses' station down the hall to get checks. We added their hospital stickers to the line on the nurses desk and showed them where to wait in the hall.  
 
Some of Yousef's family visited and took in the day.  His nephew Suhaib and his aunt came.  Suhaib has studied to become a doctor and is looking for a place to practice. I'm glad they got an introduction today and pray it will be useful for Suhaib's future. 
 
It was another good Gaza day and we thanked God for the blessings He gives! Families are being healed and lives changed! 
 

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