Mohammed 's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

Leg Continues To Heal

Posted on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 22:46 by Mary_Dailey
This morning we took Wahaj and his mom to Wolfson, and while we were there we checked to see how Elaf was doing. I went to see how Mohammed was doing and his mother showed me that his leg looked a lot better. He still has what looks like scabs on his lower leg and it's still swollen some, but most of the redness is gone. His mother told me to see how white his leg is.

I can tell his mom is very tired. Mohammed was crying quite a bit before we left. His mom took him over to the nurses' station. Let's pray that the Lord will dissolve every trace of the blood clot and take away any infection. We know He's a God who cares. He sees and has compassion for this little baby and his mother. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. This is an awesome witness to these parents and their families of just how much God does care for them.

Mohammed Receives Quilt After Successful Pacemaker Implantation

Posted on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 06:48 by Hank_Dannecker

On Monday Mohammed underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted in his chest to regulate his heart beat. After having successful heart surgery, a small percentage of children need a pacemaker to ensure that their hearts function properly. After his operation on Monday, Mohammed developed a small blood clot in his right leg. The doctor on duty described to me that there are different kinds of blood clots and, although serious, this blood clot is not life-threatening or going to cause permanent leg damage.

Mohammed's mother was very concerned and seems to be exhausted, but Erica from our staff was able to bridge the gap with some kind words. She was also able to present her with a quilt that is hand made by women in America who want to share their love with these struggling mothers and children.

Although each quilt is unique, they have one thing in common. A small red heart is sewn onto each quilt, letting these families know that they are from heart to heart. This is yet another creative, tangible way that we can show that we really are brothers and sisters dwelling together in peace.

Surgery Tomorrow For Pacemaker

Posted on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 06:48 by Mary_Dailey

Last week we went to see Havan and Mohammed. When we got there Mohammed was crying and we could tell his mother was tired. All his mother could do to calm him was hold him, rock him back and forth while singing to him. Finally, he settled down and was even a little playful. There were some balloons that some visiting clowns had given them and he enjoyed playing with one of those.
Today we found out that Mohammed is on the surgery schedule for tomorrow. Although his first surgery was a complete success, he is in need of a pacemaker.
Please pray for Mohammed and his mother. She is very tired. Pray that the Lord will let this operation work and will be what it takes to make him a healthy baby. Thank you for your prayers, we know God wants to heal these babies. This is another way God preforms His miracles.

Finally Out of the ICU, but with Oxygen

Posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 06:48 by Keleigh_Glisson
I didnt get a chance to write an update on Mohammed last week and really nothing had changed in this little boys condition. On Tuesday of last week I asked the doctors how he was doing and they said he is doing great, but his attitude is horrible. I must have looked a bit confused because the doctor paused for a minute and then said, He cries all the time. We cant get him to stop crying. He is driving us crazy!

The doctors also commented on Mohammeds devoted mother. They said that she is always by his crib trying to calm him. They even asked me to take her out of the ICU for a while so she could get some fresh air. Erica and I managed to pull her away from Mohammeds bed for about five minutes before she insisted on going back to be by his side.

Today, Hank visited Mohammed and found him out of the ICU and in the childrens ward. The doctors are saying that he continues to do really well, however, occasionally he has trouble breathing so they have kept him on oxygen. Hopefully Mohammed will continue to recover and be able to go back home soon.

Extubated and Recovering in the ICU

Posted on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 06:48 by Hank_Dannecker

Mohammed has been extubated a few days ago. According to the ICU doctor he is doing well. The only area of concern is that Mohammed is not breathing as well as he should be and the doctors are not sure why. Keep praying for this child that God will give the wisdom needed to help him have a quick recovery.

Surgery Was A Success

Posted on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker
Mohammed's mother always has a warm greeting and a sweet smile, but today I could tell that behind both was an exhausted woman. She didn't sleep at all last night because she was worried about Mohammed's surgery. Mohammed's surgery was originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed due to fever and diarrhea. Last night as I left the hospital, Mohammed had the hint of a fever. It wasn't until I early this morning that I received confirmation that he would in fact have surgery today.

His surgery was a success. He is doing well. Tomorrow the doctors hope to extubate him.

Surgery Scheduled For Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson
Mohammed was originally scheduled to have surgery on Monday. However, on Sunday afternoon he had a high fever and diarrhea. Because of this Tarza and Rezhin were able to have their surgeries on Monday while Mohammed was rescheduled for Thursday. This afternoon Mohammed's mother told me that they have moved his surgery date to tomorrow, but as we were leaving the hospital this evening we were informed that Mohammed had a slight fever. His surgery is still scheduled for tomorrow if his fever goes away. Please begin to pray for Mohammed's surgery.

Mohammed Finally Enters Israel For Urgent Surgery

Posted on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 00:00 by Keleigh_Glisson

It all started nearly two weeks ago with an e-mail from a doctor in Gaza asking us to invite an urgent child from Gaza to the clinic the following week. Because this child was urgent we immediately put him on our list.
Tuesday, the day of the clinic, came and the child's parents hadn't requested permission to enter Israel. There was some breakdown in communication between the doctor and the parents. We changed the date for this past Sunday. The doctors at the hospital were very generous to say that no matter what day the child came, they would accept him. Saturday evening came and we found out that the family had requested permission, but the answer was delayed. Late Sunday afternoon I received a call informing me that the child had permission and could cross into Israel. However, the family was still in their home over an hour away from the border. It was too late for them to make it to the border before it closed. 
Early Monday morning Erica and I began working on the permission again. Now, the family was waiting at the border, ready to cross as soon as the permission was granted. Three hours passed and still no permission. Finally, around 2 PM I received the call that the family had permission, but as the family sat at the border on the Gaza side, security told them they still did not have permission. It wasn't until 4:30 PM this evening that permission was granted for Mohammed and his mother to cross into Israel.

Mohammed and his mother arrived at the hospital an hour later and were greeted by the doctors at Wolfson hospital. Following numerous tests it was determined that Mohammed isn't in any immediate danger. He does have a hole in his heart and is scheduled for surgery some time this week. He and his mother were a little nervous as they walked the halls of the hospital this evening. It is the fear of the unfamiliar in addition to the fear of having your son's chest opened up. Please begin to pray for Mohammed and his mother as they settle into the hospital and prepare for Mohammed's surgery.