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Gaza Clinic Update

Posted on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:04 by Co-authored

Hassan was doing well and he is returning home today! His grandmother said that he is feeling well and his heart surgery was very successful. We were able to give him a knitted bear from England. They are very excited to return home after weeks in the hospital.

Marwa was playing in the library when we came in, but was very excited to see us and all the nurses. She finished the first two of her surgeries but she and her grandmother will be in the hospital for another couple weeks for her third surgery.

Ali is being discharged today to his home so he can fully recover there. He got a bacteria in the hospital which is very common in hospitals, but the doctors said it is not dangerous for him and his heart is doing well. His mother was very nervous about it, but the doctor explained to her that it is very normal to conduct the bacteria in a hospital and is nothing to worry about for his health. He still seems a bit weak, but hopefully he will get stronger once he is home and in his own space. The nurse also said he will continue treatment and will come back to the hospital for check-ups and further treatment.

Hassan Visits Again

Posted on Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:34 by Jesse Tilman

Our Hassan who was admitted in Sheba Hospital for over a month recently returned today for a check up. We brought him up in the morning. 

At the echocardiogram rooms an assistant gave Hassan a look over with the machine's wave perception and made some video recordings of the inner workings of his heart and then waited for the doctor. The doctor looked them over and then did a little probing himself with the machine. After some questioning and further physical examination, he began explaining to the guardian the prognosis. Overall the only current issue is a failure to gain weight. Hassan is barely growing in weight and his height didn't look like it changed much either. 

After Hassan had an EKG done to map his heart rythms, the doctor gave some recommendations, including having more olive oil in Hassan's diet. Hopefully we will see him a little heavier and healthier next time. 

Entertaining Neighbors at the Gaza Clinic

Posted on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:01 by Jesse Tilman
"Let brotherly love continue. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in bonds, as bound with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you are also in the body." Hebrews 13:1-3
The day started bright and promising as we pulled out onto the highway towards Gaza. We were going to pick up a few of our kids coming to the weekly clinic. The rest would follow in a van taxi. They were ready and waiting at the border crossing so we loaded up and headed north to the hospital. 
Ibrahim came in his own taxi with his father. They didn't know we had a taxi for them later with everybody. He's the skinny young guy of 7 or so. We met him at the hospital gate. 
Inside, a camera crew with SACH from Chanel 2 News were on their last day of filming for a documentary. They got some good shots for an end of the week story.
Jana is in the green Mickey shirt. It was her first echo. She did great and enjoyed the time playing games, coloring, and of course trying out apps on smart phones with friends.
Remas came in pink with jewel studs. She was one of our three passenger families in the morning. She enjoyed playing with paper airplanes and getting tea with her father. Later she put on a special hijab and made her Muslim prayers in the hallway. 
Karim also came with us in our vehicle. He's been here before and we've gotten to know him. 
Marwa returned specially today. Unfortunately she has some fluid build-up and is looking uncomfortable with an extended stomach. She colored expertly and perked up a bit as she showed us her artwork. She is being admitted. 
Shayd had a cool jean vest he wore proudly before the echo. He's a cute boy with some curls in his hair. He's post surgery. He enthusiastically chased any live bubbles and grabbed for the bubble solution bottles determinedly. 
Kayed was crying off and on all day.  He's in the red shirt and was very energetic. At three years old he's small for his age. He's still pre-op and had purple lips. 
Abdullah in the white loved the bubbles and tottered after them.  He's after surgery and came for a check up. 
Daii Diah is in the blue shirt. Happy and doing fist bumps, his brown belt wrapped tight, he quietly kept stock of the hall and found the toys and games he liked. 
Hadeel is a young woman of 20 already.  She came in our morning trip with the van. Her picture is up on the wall from when she had surgery years before. She's in the blue there. She and Karim drove back with us on the return trip to Erez.
We had a good time and enjoyed some coffee breaks in the doctors office. George, Jenny, Danielle, Yousef, and I were on the Gaza team today with Amar and Lindsay pushing from the office. 
We didn't see Ali in the ward as he was getting surgery finally. Hassan was there though and it was good to see him recovering so quickly. 
We thanked God for our food at lunch time and for the amazing opportunities He's giving us to love on these unique people. They have a special story each and it's wonderful to hear from every family. I hope we can visit them someday in their homes. On the way out I stopped for a picture of the hospital's own reminder for prayer, a sculpture of a kneeling person, a beautiful flowering plant growing next to it.

Mahmoud Returns Home

Posted on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:26 by Jesse Tilman
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear, having a good conscience." 1 Peter 3

Innocent Mahmoud was discharged from the hospital today. His easy going smile and loving relationship with his father kept us all at ease. We shared a little about the reasons we do the charity work we do after his father thanked us for our service. 

Mahmoud's only been there a little over a week, but they were happy to be going back to their own house. They were in the same room as Ali our sixteen-year-old and an African child. Ali's surgery got pushed back and he was a bit down, but came around as we gave him some gifts. 
We got to the park before going home and enjoyed some time in the shade trying out the playground.
We'll miss this special family!

Gaza Visits

Posted on Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:56 by Co-authored

By Nelly and George Bekx

Hassan, who is 2 years old, had his heart surgery this afternoon. His grandmother was a little nervous. We were allowed to pray for her, and go to visit them in the afternoon.

Sixteen-year-old Ali is waiting for his operation on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mahmoud is doing well and eating a little. He had an ultrasound and will possibly go home soon.

Yamen looks good, has a fresh look in his eyes,  and after receiving an echo today received the good news he could go home.



Marwan and Judy Travel Home

Posted on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:54 by Jesse Tilman

From our group of Gazans at the hospital currently, two were approved to be discharged. Both had catheterizations since arriving for the clinic on Tuesday. 

Judy is the pretty young lady.  She's a bit quiet and tight. Her guardian was glad to see us and hear that we would be taking them back to Gaza. Judy lightened up later as she got to know us. She slept a lot of the way home. She is after surgery. 
Marwan is the baby. He was alert and watching everything. In his room he had a window next to him with a great view of the blooming trees outside. The sun was shining and we pointed out things for him. 
The families didn't have much luggage and it was easy to help them to the border.

New Goals

Posted on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:46 by Alisha Hershberger

Daniel, Martha and I visited Wolfson today to encourage our families from Gaza. They were all fairly talkative and gave us beatiful smiles today.

Ali, the oldest of our Gaza patients, at age 16, has not gone in for surgery yet. However, he may be admitted tomorrow. Ali was excited for the World Cup tournaments starting tomorrow. He is routing for Argentina, but Daniel may have convinced him to cheer for Germany, too. 
Yamen is currently in ICU and seems to be doing well. Praise God!
Judy and Marwan had their catheterizations finished and both are quite sore but recovering well. We didn't spend much time with them because they were exhausted and we wanted to let them rest. How good it is to know God loves and protects these children.
Mahmoud had gone into surgery around 2:30 this afternoon. He was very brave as they took him out to surgery. We tried very hard to keep him positive, but we could see he was scared. We will be keeping him in our prayers. God will work wonders, this we know.
Hassan has not yet gone for surgery, but her grandmother hopes it will happen on Sunday, God willing.

All of these families were so sweet and are so ready to be home again. Let's pray this can happen for them. Thank you!

A Rainy Gaza Clinic

Posted on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:44 by Co-authored
"Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand." James 5:7-8

Nine families were able to come this morning for the Gaza Clinic. One was scheduled for catheterization and three for surgery. The rest were for echocardiograms, but as the day rolled a few plans changed.  There was a good rain for an hour as they were exiting the border.  The refreshing coolness was very welcome. 

Ahmed, already in the ward after surgery, was approved to head home today as well. 
Judy, Naseem, Mohamed, Hassan, Samir, and Ahmed all came for echocardiograms. Judy had the pretty white dress and was a bit shy. Naseem was sporty in an orange tshirt. Samir had his shirt off for a while. Hassan was with the blue jean shirt.
Judy or "Jidi" as it is pronounced in Arabic, was admitted for catheterization after the echo inspection found cause. Mohamed has some spikey blond hair. 
Marwan came for a catheterization. He's the sweet baby. 
Ali and Mazel and Mahmoud came for surgery. Ali is the teenager and Mahmoud is the smart young guy in yellow plad.
Gazel also came from Gaza, by another route from our regulars though. She had a nice purple doll. 
Some interns got to know folks throughout the day and a group of English speakers came by to see the work. Doctor Tamir showed them the new 3D printed models of the heart they are making of each child to better understand each case. 
Georgia Willcocks adds:

Here is Hassan before he was admitted. His grandma can speak English so we were able to have several chats throughout the day waiting together. We didn't know Hassan would be admitted until after his echo.

Mohammed waited patiently for his echo while he sang to himself. His guardian was pleased to say the echo had a good result.
Quiet Judi in her beautiful outfit. She was admitted today as well, following her echo.
Samir was looking smart. He had a good echo and went home today. He is a lovely boy, here with his guardian who was full of joy and energy.
Yamen and his grandma. He is making a great recovery from his surgery we are told. He has had a good echo and good chest x-Ray, however his oxygen sats are still a little lower than the medical team would like. The plan is to keep monitoring his recovery, but they are hopeful that he will be extubated tomorrow. 
It was nice to see his grandma again after he was admitted last week. She was pleased to tell me about how well he is doing. She seems such a kind and generous person, who is also making friends with the other Gaza families; there was a real little community there when we arrived! 
It was a lovely group of relatives accompanying these children, who were fun to be with and I enjoyed to spend time with them. 

Sunday Gaza Children Check

Posted on Sun, 06/10/2018 - 15:28 by Jesse Tilman

Ahmed has a few more days till he goes home. He's petty lax in bed now and barely wanted to notice us at first.

Raghad and Anas go home today Raghad walks around and was holding onto mommy.
Anas likes to hold his hand over his head.  He smiles happily when you show him something. 
Tasnim is healing in the ward. She is a ball of baby fat rolling on her bed. Her mother was cheerful.
Yamin is scheduled for surgery today after arriving on Tuesday. Her grandmother is willing to miss the end of Ramadan holidays for her. She was wearing a pretty dress today and suckling on her pacifier.  She can't eat now until after the surgery. 
Baby Mohammed is in the ICU after surgery. He's under isolation with an infection. 

Weekly Visit for the Gaza Clinic

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:34 by Co-authored
Jesse Tilman writes: 
Seven children came out of Gaza today along with Dr. Basher. One child was planned to stay for an operation. Dr. Faez was also in attendance and Amira came too. 
Heyat was sporting some exercise moves. After her echo she colored with Georgia a while. 
Nissan was a blessing and remembered calling out car names with us from last time. 
Yousef was quiet. A young man, he is getting to know the world. 
Inji was very prettily dressed and enjoyed coloring as well. 
Yamen was the one already on the schedule for surgery. He slept most of the time. I got to hold his hand a little and encourage his guardian. He was getting a bacteria test, then an echo, then being admitted. 
Alla is the cutey wearing jewelry. She was quiet and held tight to her bottle. Later she got up a bit when we blew bubbles for her for a good ten minutes. She's a bit unsteady on her feet, but did alright. 
Nabeel was a bit shy and could barely look at the camera. Through the day his patience began to wear thin. He was the last on the taxi home though, as we sorted out his things.
The time with the Gazan visitors included a visit from SACH donors accompanied by their director Simon and the hospitals head heart surgeon. Some American interns spent some time with the crew afterward.  Later a school girls group came by to hand out presents. 
Over in the ward we found Ahmed, Anas, Tasnim, and Raghad.
Ahmed had a few remote control cars when we saw him. He's after surgery and probably only has a few more days in hospital. 
Georgia Willcocks adds:

We saw little Tasnim in ICU today, being fed milk by a nurse. The nurse was happy to explain to Jesse and I that she was extubated today, and she is making a good recovery. The plan is to monitor the recovery, to see whether she needs a further surgery. Yusuf was able to spend some time chatting with her guardian later on today about coming to faith in Jesus. We pray for Tasnim's recovery and for her family to be blessed with revelation of Jesus! 
We visited Raghad a couple of times during today's trip to Wolfson. She was asleep both times; the first time we prayed a blessing over her, and the second time we spoke with her lovely grandma. She pulled back the sheet to show me the dressing covering Raghad's surgery site.
Please keep praying for Raghad's recovery and a blessing for her family. 
Jesse and I visited little Anas today. He was alert and smiley, and has such beautiful eyes. He had a balloon which we played catch with, which he loved! He laughed and smiled which was fun to see. 
Keep him in your prayers.