Dima 's Heart Surgery


Dima Returns Home To Gaza

Posted on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 01:00 by Justin_Strong

We took baby Dima home to Gaza today after her successful surgery to reverse the transposition of her major arteries, a condition which is usually fatal if not corrected within the first month of life. When Dima's mother was leaving the hospital she said a cheerful goodbye to all the friends she had made, many of whom are other Shevet patients like the mothers of Mohammed Hamdan and Akram. Dima's mother was very grateful to everyone in Israel for all that they had done for her and her child. The ride home to Gaza was peaceful. Dima slept most of the time, and by lunchtime they were safely into the border.

Doctors (And Mom) Optimistic After Successful Heart Surgery

Posted on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 01:00 by Alex_Pettett
Dima lay on the ICU table with her chest open as the oxygen pump quietly hissed next to her. Dima's surgery two days ago went very well, and the doctors are optimistic that she will make a full recovery. Her emergency extraction from Gaza seems to have proven a success. Dima's mother was a picture of serenity and optimism. She sat around with four other Arab moms who were in similar situations.

Please continue to pray for little Dima's recovery and for us to continue to be optimistic that life always has a chance with the Lord.

Waiting through Passover for Dima's Surgery

Posted on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 01:00 by Jonathan Miles
Now one week old, Dima is stable under her mother's watchful eye in the pediatric ICU at the Wolfson Medical Center. We found Dima's mother waiting patiently there in the evening of the first day of Passover. Just one week has passed since she gave birth, but she seems peaceful and glad that her daughter is in good hands. It is probably the mother's first time ever outside of the Gaza Strip, and certainly the first time she'll spend a week eating matzot instead of bread!

Dima's surgery is scheduled for two weeks from now. The mother understands that the surgery to switch Dima's great arteries is complex and carries some risk, but also the promise of a normal life for Dima if completed successfully. She knows we'll be praying.

Five-Day-Old Dima Arrives From Gaza In Ambulance

Posted on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:00 by Donna_Petrel

The Shevet Achim Jerusalem office received a call from Gaza yesterday about a five-day-old baby girl named Dima who was born with TGA (transposition of the great arteries), and needed emergency transfer to Wolfson Medical Center. Throughout the evening and into the night our staff worked with the authorities and medical personnel to plan an ambulance transfer at the Erez border so the baby could come out. Ultimately the plans came together this morning, and Dima arrived by ambulance around 1 pm this afternoon. Follow this link to view Dima's arrival at the hospital.

She was rushed into the ICU where she was assessed immediately by the medical staff and underwent a Rashkind procedure, which created a hole in the wall between the upper chambers of Dima's heart. This opening is allowing oxygen-rich blood to circulate with oxygen-poor blood and improve her circulation so that Dima is now stable until she undergoes the necessary surgery to switch her great arteries. This surgery may be as early as tomorrow, or perhaps next week; there was not a specific time scheduled when I left the hospital.

Because I was with Um ("mother of") Akram waiting for Akram's return from surgery I did not meet Dima or her mother until after the Rashkind procedure. When I entered the ICU I found Dima in the bed beside Akram, a tiny face framed by her stocking cap and the warm blankets covering her. The nurse attending her told me that Dima weighs 2.8 kilograms, and gave me an update about the procedure done earlier. Um Dima came in a bit later. She is a frightened mother who left another daughter and two sons at home in Gaza. She was crying when I met her, but was somewhat settled after we talked for a few minutes. She was willing to allow me to pray with her during our short visit, and to pray for Dima too.

Please join us in prayer for the life of Dima to be saved so that she will grow up to fulfill the plan God made her for. Let's ask for peace for Um Dima as she waits in the hospital with her daughter until the surgery can be done. We're thankful for the other mothers who will surround her during this difficult time, and we look forward to visiting her again in the days to come.