Jafar 's Heart Surgery


Ceasefire Allows Jafar To Go Home

Posted on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

It is difficult for me to imagine someone longing to return to the war-torn streets of Gaza, but today when I told Jafars grandmother that I would be taking her home, she was so happy that tears filled her eyes.

For three weeks now Jafar has been cleared by the hospital to return home to Gaza, but because of the war he and his grandmother were stuck in Israel. Due to the current ceasefire, today served as a window of time that they might be able to get home safely.

Following Jafars final echocardiogram, we packed up his things and waited for his official release letter from the hospital. Other than a couple of Israeli police officers stopping us to ask why we wanted to go to the border, Jafar and his grandmothers return was without hindrance. Praise God that they made it home safely and pray for their continued safety now that they are back in Gaza.

Longing to Return to Gaza

Posted on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay


Today we visited little Jafar and his grandmother who is longing to return to Gaza. Baby is doing well and she hopes to travel on Tuesday now that a cease-fire is in place. Sadly several of her immediate family have been killed during the war although Jafar's family is not affected.

Please for this Gaza family and this little boy who has miraculously been snatched from the middle of a war and received a new heart and hope. Surely God has a special place for him.

Chest Wound Healing Well

Posted on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Today Jafar had several stitches removed and his chest wound is healing well. Jafar's grandmother hopes to return to Gaza soon, but transport is difficult at the moment. Jafar is smiling and gurgling and is a very happy little baby with a brand new heart for which we thank the Lord.

Grandma Tells Jafar's Story

Posted on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 06:47 by Dorothy_Finlay

The youngest star on the set snuggled into grandma's arms as he was fed by nasal tube and sucked a dry pacifier. The Italian TV interviewed the Grandma through interpreter and she told them about how Israel provided immediate care for this little baby and about the total success of the surgery which corrected the serious congenital defect of transposition of the great blood vessels to and from the heart.

We praise the Lord for the part that Shevet played in treating this tiny baby. We pray that he becomes a man who trusts in the Lord.

Lively and Recovering Well In ICU

Posted on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Jafar, now three weeks old, hasn't seen his mother or father since he was whisked away from a caesarean birth and taken by ambulance from Gaza to Wolfson Medical Center. Faithfully cared for by his grandmother, he is still in ICU but doing well. Today he was sucking the edge of his oxygen tent since he had nothing to suck, being fed by a catheter. A lively newborn looking for a feed.

Pray that soon he and his mother will be reunited as both of them recover from their respective surgeries. It is a miracle that his tiny baby was able to escape the fighting and get through to help. May the Lord have His hand on his little life for good.

A Life Plucked from the Fire in Gaza

Posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 00:00 by Dorothy_Finlay

Our team in Jerusalem, with the help of God, was able to get Jafar out of the Gaza Strip on his first day of life after doctors diagnosed him with transposition of the great arteries, which requires emergency surgery to switch the arteries back to their proper places. Jafar came through surgery successfully, and is now three weeks old and doing well in the ICU as he recovers, with his grandmother by his side.

There is very little child to view under all the tubes and dressings, but let us pray for this little life before our Father. He has seen fit to spare his life, may he grow up to love and serve Him. Pray for his family in Gaza in these troubled times.