Nour's Heart Surgery

the Gaza Strip

Nour's Life in the Balance in the ICU

Posted on Thu, 06/17/2010 - 01:00 by Ellen_Husted

Nour is a 26-day-old baby girl from Gaza. She was born with a serious condition known as TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries), meaning the pulmonary artery (which brings blood to the lungs for oxygenation) and the aorta (which brings the oxygenated blood to the body) have switched places. You can imagine the problems of having all your blood going to the wrong place in your body. She was rushed to the hospital and had what is known as a switch operation (whereby the surgeon switches the arteries to where they are supposed to be). However, because of the seriousness of the condition, Nour is in the Intensive Care Unit on an ECMO (a machine that provides cardiac and respiratory support). Nour needs additional surgery, but the doctors are waiting until she stabilizes before they begin other procedures. Please be praying for Nour; her condition is quite serious, and the doctors are not optimistic about her recovery.