Mir's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

Thankful for New Life

Posted on Sat, 03/15/2008 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley

Mir had her surgery on Wednesday and is doing very well. Her mother told me that she greeted Dr. Tamir with a hug and kiss when Mir was rolled out of the operating room. She says that she is so thankful for the staff and all that they have done for her and her daughter.

She cant wait for Mir to open her eyes so she can make eye contact with her, but she knows that she is on her way to recovery and a new life.

Mir will be in ICU for several days before she is moved to Intermediate ICU so please keep her and her mother in your prayers.

Surgery Delayed Because of Fever

Posted on Sun, 02/03/2008 - 00:00 by Hank_Dannecker

Baby Mir from Gaza had a temporary setback due to a slight fever that persisted through the night and into the morning hours. Her operation was scheduled for today, but Dr. Tamir along with colleague Dr. Alona gave a thumbs down after a pre-surgery check up. Both were reluctant and saddened by the delay but decided for the safety and well being of Mir to postpone the operation.

Mom and Baby Mir took the not-so-good news in stride. Mir turned it into a opportunity to suck down a good, warm bottle of milk.

Mir will recover from her fever at home in Gaza, and we will return her to the hospital once her surgery is rescheduled.

I am always impressed by Dr. Tamir's bed-side manner and the loving reassurances he gives the children. He and the staff leave no doubt about their devotion to and love for the children.

A Little Bundle of Grace

Posted on Sun, 01/27/2008 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

There were confrontational demonstrations led by Islamists at both the northern and southern crossings into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. When I heard Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak mocked publicly as a coward (for going along with Israeli requests to keep the border closed), I realized again how effective it is to play the shame card in the grace-less Muslim culture.

And then a little bundle of grace walked right into the middle of the scene:

Underneath the blanket was six-month-old Mir, a delightful baby girl from Gaza whose permission to enter Israel for urgent heart surgery was fruit of the labors of our staff in Jerusalem.

One of the many satellite TV crews on hand was drawn to inquire, and soon launched into a ten-minute interview with Mirs mother about her journey to Israel for her daughters lifesaving care.

The crew photographed our staffer Hank Dannecker driving Mir off to the hospital, where doctors marveled at the deep cyanosis caused by her heart defect.

By evening, Mir was sleeping in the hospital awaiting her surgery, and at least one television channel was broadcasting a message of love, rather than hate, from the Gaza Strip.

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity....for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore (Psalm 133).

Staff member Autumn adds the following after visiting Mir and her mother in the hospital on Thursday:

Today as I visited with Mir and her mother I was surprised to see such a happy mother and baby.

One of the doctors told me that they weren't sure when Mir's surgery would be because there were other cases that needed to be taken care of before her so she might be here a few days before she has her operation. Once I explained this to Mir's mother she told me that she didn't mind waiting because at least there is electricity, heat, food and water at the hospital. Right now the situation in Gaza is very difficult and most of us are doing without a lot of those things so she is happy because she is having her needs met. As Mir is waiting for her surgery lets remember to keep her and her mother in prayer. I don't want Mir's mother to become discouraged or tired before Mir's operation begins.