Asma 's Heart Surgery


Asma Returns Home To Gaza

Posted on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker


Today was Asma's last day at Wolfson Medical Center. When the Shevet team arrived at the hospital, we were informed that Asma's father was packed and ready to make the journey back to Gaza. His only delay was a final report from the doctor. When the letter was finally finished saying that Asma's hospital recovery was complete (after a successful open-heart surgery), we headed for the van. Loaded and ready we headed to Erez. Within a few minutes of our arrival at the Erez border crossing, a rocket was fired into Israel, once again reminding us of the tension and the great divide that still remains between these two peoples.


Recovering Outside of the ICU

Posted on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 06:42 by Keleigh_Glisson


Five days after Asma's open-heart surgery she was moved out of the ICU and into the children's ward. She is doing great! Her father hopes that they will be free to go home by the end of the week. Praise God for a healthy child that will be returning to Gaza soon!

An Excellent Surgery

Posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker

Asma's father from Gaza was waiting for his daughter to return from the recovery room following her surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel Tuesday. He could not wait to see her, so he met with them down the hall and walked with the team of doctors that accompanied Asma from the recovery room.

ICU director Dr. Sion Houry and his team worked to help Asma make the transition into the ICU. Dr. Houry used the word "excellent" as he talked about her heart surgery, a word that gives great relief to all, especially a waiting father.

Dr. Houry went over her statistics with the team and called attention to newly-pink Asma's oxygen level now between 98-99 % of normal.

As I stood at a distance I marveled at the many gifts and talents that have been given to mankind. Without a loving and merciful God and these gifted professionals this child's fate would be left to chance and not divine appointment.

To Surgery Tomorrow

Posted on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

I was surprised to see Asma intubated early this afternoon when I arrived at the hospital. The director of the ICU said that they inserted a stent last week during her catheterization, which failed, and actually created an obstruction. They had to go back in and fix this, and Asma's condition deteriorated for a few days due to this. Today she is doing well and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow as long as she doesn't have a fever this evening. Please pray for Asma's surgery!

Asma Comes to Israel for Catheterization and Surgery

Posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 06:42 by Keleigh_Glisson

November 23, 2008

Monday evening we received word via many Palestinian families in Gaza that the border into Israel would be closed due to the increase of tension between Israel and many of those living in Gaza. Erica and I decided to fax our request to get children out of Gaza directly to the Israeli security at the border as a last effort to try and get at least a few children out.

Tuesday morning we were pleasantly surprised to hear that three had permission to cross into Israel, however the two children that were scheduled for catheterizations were not on the list. We called security and pleaded our case. We asked for permission to be granted to two more children and within a few hours permission was granted for Asma and Mohammed to enter Israel to undergo catheterizations the following day.

Their caths went well and on Thursday I expected to receive a phone call from the hospital asking us to take them back to Gaza, but no such phone call came. Early this morning I got a call from the hospital informing us that these two children were both in desperate need of surgery. The hospital asked us to postpone two other children from Gaza who were scheduled to come this week for surgery because of the urgency of Asma and Mohammeds condition.

Today the doctors told Hank that they are tentatively scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. Mohammed is healthy enough to await surgery in the ward, whereas Asma is so sick she is in the ICU.

They both need our prayers!