Sulaiman's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

Sulaiman Stable in ICU

Posted on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 01:00 by Donna_Petrel

This afternoon I was able to visit with little Sulaiman in the ICU, but at the time I was there his mother was resting. However, I saw her earlier this morning. When I asked how Sulaiman was doing, she replied "God willing, he's good." She seemed to be hopeful about the outcome of her son's treatment as she sees the care he is receiving. Sulaiman's nurse was also positive in her response to my inquiry about his status, and she reported that he is stable. I came into the room after the nurses disturbed Sulaiman's rest by changing his sheets. Once he stopped crying he looked at me intently as though wondering why I was there with him. It is hard to believe he is seven months old; the picture you see cannot show just how frail and thin he is, how very tiny he is for this age.


After only a couple of minutes with him, the nurses needed to attend to him again, and I had to move out of the way. Please pray for this tiny life which God has brought to everyone's attention, giving a precious opportunity for him to live. And pray for his mother that her hopes will be fulfilled in the health and life of her son.

Sulaiman Arrives at the Hospital

Posted on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 01:00 by Lindsay Gries

Filed by Lindsay Gries Tuesday I had the opportunity to make a visit to the hospital with some of the women from Shevet Achim. It was an experience I will never forget. When I walked into the waiting room my eyes were immediately drawn to a mother holding her tiny baby, Sulaiman, wrapped up in a blanket. In that one moment, as I sat down with the mother and Sulaiman, I felt compassion like I have never felt before. I began to cry with this woman as I was holding her child's hand, and I watched as he was fighting to breathe.

In that moment, the Lord was speaking to me about how precious life truly is. I found out the Sulaiman only weighs 4 kilos (8.6 lbs), and they are keeping him in the hospital till he is healthy enough to have heart surgery. The doctors are still in need of finances in order to proceed with the heart surgery. This could be a great opportunity to truly save a child's life. Please pray for the mother and Sulaiman that God would strengthen them both physically and emotionally through this difficult season of life.