Malak's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

An Angel Returns to Gaza

Posted on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

Malak went back to Gaza today after the doctors in Israel determined that she has healed sufficiently to return home. Malak will continue on some normal post-surgery medications for a short while, but is otherwise completely healed.

Malak seemed happy as a clam today, in spite of having her open-heart surgery barely a week ago. Malak's mother crammed a stroller and all her new toys in the car for the trip down to the border with another Gaza family, so it was a tight squeeze. Malak didn't mind the ride a bit, and spent the whole time babbling and playing. Malak and her mother made it into the border terminal with no problems and we said a fond farewell.

Malak Loves the Piano

Posted on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

Malak is doing better than ever. Now so full of energy, she refuses to lay back in her stroller, instead she wants to be sitting upright to get a better look at everything going on around her. Malak's mother had me follow her into the hospital playroom to show me Malak's skill at playing the piano. Both Malak and her mother were in very good spirits, Malak appeared to be in no pain, and her mother was very happy at how well she is doing.

Malak Turns Up In An Unexpected Place

Posted on Sat, 09/05/2009 - 01:00 by Jonathan Miles


I went into the ICU this afternoon looking for Malak, and to my surprise she was nowhere to be found. Then she turned up out in the hallway in a stroller, just two days after her open-heart surgery! There's no better sign than this just how well and how quickly Malak is recovering.

When Mom learned that Malak has her very own Internet site, she wrote down the address and asked me to take a special picture for her husband back home. Hi Dad! Check out my surgery scar!


Malak Comes Through Surgery

Posted on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

Malak from Gaza underwent her open-heart surgery today, well ahead of the schedule we were given yesterday. Her surgery was the second of the day, which typically indicates that the doctors did not perceive it to be a risky case. The surgery was completed in under five hours, rather quickly by open-heart surgery standards. One of our volunteers, observing the surgery, commented on how delicately and carefully the surgeon performed every move to insure that the surgery was done correctly; in order to minimize the aesthetic impact of the Malak's surgical scar, he made today's work harder by limiting the size of the chest opening.

The surgery went perfectly and was a complete success. While waiting for the surgery to finish, Malak's mother was surrounded by her relatives who live in Israel. She told us that her heart was beating quickly, but with her family and us to distract her the time flew by. When Malak was wheeled from surgery to the ICU and her mother saw that she was ok, she appeared very relieved and was doing fine after sitting with her in the ICU for a short while. If all goes well Malak should be weaned from post-surgical mechanical ventilation tomorrow.

When Awake, Malak is Full of Energy

Posted on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

Two-year-old Malak from Gaza is waiting in Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv for surgery to correct an Atrial Septal Defect. We visited her and her mother today who seemed happy and confident in the doctors and surgeons.

Malak was sleeping soundly when we first went into the room, but later we found she was very full of energy and could hardly be contained by her crib. After speaking with the doctor this morning we learned that if everything goes according to schedule, Malak will undergo the open-heart surgery sometime next week.

An Angel from Gaza

Posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 01:00 by Jonathan Miles

Our coworkers brought two-year-old Malak to Israel today from the Gaza Strip crossing for her scheduled heart surgery. Like many children with Down syndrome, Malak was also born with a heart defect. She has a hole between the atria of her heart which must be closed if she is to thrive.

Malak's name means "angel" in Arabic, and another little one with the same name was also admitted from Gaza today for surgery. We look forward to seeing what good things the Lord has in store for these two angels.