Ahmad's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

A Look of Joy

Posted on Thu, 11/22/2007 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley

The day Ahmad was released to go home there was such a look of joy on his face, as if he knew he was being released to go home. His mother also had a look of relief that her son's catheterization went well, and that she would see her family soon. He was released the day after his catheterization and is now waiting in Gaza until his surgery, which is scheduled for mid-December. As Ahmads family is waiting, please keep them in your prayers. His parents are both very young and nervous for their only child. Pray that God will fill their hearts with peace, and comfort them.

Anger, Sadness, Relief

Posted on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 00:00 by Co-authored

High-school students from the Anglican International School in Jerusalem joined Shevet Achim for a two-day community service project. Today's assignment included visiting Iraqi and Gazan patients at Wolfson Medical Center and at the Save A Child's Heart children's house; and by day's end, blogging on the children they had become acquainted with. Shevet thanks the AISJ students who freely gave of their time and energy!

Gabriella writes:

Today I visited one of the children that Shevet Achim has been able to bring to the country for heart surgery. He was a baby boy called Ahmad, and he had come from Gaza City with his mother for heart surgery. Because of the strict border regulations, his mother was initially unable to come and Shevet Achim had to apply through two agencies to get her special permission to come. Ahmad is a healthy boy, quite strong compared to some of the other children here. While we were there he was fasting for surgery today, which was very upsetting for him since he felt hungry and could not understand why they were not able to feed him. The staff were very kind to him and his mother was able to be with him the whole time until his surgery.

After his surgery he is expected to recover well and live a normal life. I was glad to know that this was so for him since some children have more defects and sometimes need to go through more than one operation.

He seemed to be a happy boy which was encouraging. My prayer is that his surgery will go well and he will have a complete recovery. Also that he and his mother will pass safely through the Gaza border without any troubles.

AISJ student Kia adds:

Today I met a young boy that was being helped by Shevet Achim and Save A Child's Heart.

His name was Ahmad, 6 months old, from Gaza City. He was crying for food when we were ''introduced'', not having eaten since 2 a.m. the day before, because the procedure he was awaiting would not permit it. Today was the day of his catheterization, which would take place later on in the afternoon.
Speaking to his young mother, in her mid-twenties, and listening as she told her story of their extremely difficult crossing over the Gaza border, I found myself torn between 3 emotions: sadness, anger, and relief.
It saddened me greatly to see the impossible situation Ahmad's family had been faced with, when seeking out affordable, effective medical care in Gaza; and frustrated me that she was faced with so many difficulties at the border trying to cross just to obtain proper medical care for her son.
Nevertheless, I must admit that both emotions were drowned out by the overwhelming relief that I felt both at the knowledge that Ahmad was being given a chance, a miraculous chance at a normal life, by organizations such as Shevet Achim and Save A Child's Heart; and that I saw in the eyes of the young mother as she expressed her hope and enthusiasm for her son's treatment and recovery.
I find it remarkable and of great relief that people like Ahmed, young children in dire need of medical aid, are being reached out to; and I have great faith in the two organizations and their work continuing to help others; which reaches out to touch all corners of the globe.
I hope this will not be the last I see of Shevet Achim, Save A Child's Heart, or of the effects of their compassion and services to the less fortunate.