Gaza Children's Heart Surgery

Gaza Children

Naseem, Retaj, and Ala Need Heart Treatment

Posted on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 23:22 by Brian Mace

Of the eight children who were brought to Wolfson Hospital on Tuesday for the heart clinic, three were invited for admission in the future:


Naseem is a one year old boy who has a large hole in his heart. He will be invited for surgery when he is four years old, and in the meantime, he will be brought to regular check-up appointments.

He was waiting with his mum when we arrived at the Gaza Border crossing, and they were among the last to be returned in the evening, so they had a very long day. But he never complained and was well behaved and sweet, even waving from time to time.


Retaj is little two year old girl who has a hole in her heart. She has been invited for a catheterization in May.


Ala is a little boy aged 9 months who has a large PDA, which is blood recycling through the lungs instead of being pumped around the body. He has been invited for a May catheterization as well.

Bessan and Saed Preparing for Hospitalization in Israel

Posted on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 14:58 by Brian Mace

Of the six children who were brought to Wolfson Hospital today for appointments, two of those have been invited for admission at a later date.


Bessan is a 6 months old girl who has a defect in her heart which allows blood to transfer unnaturally between the chambers. The hospital wanted to admit her today to begin the treatment process, but because of a fever she was returned home and will be invited later.


Saed is an 11 year old boy who has a post-operation complex of some kind. The hospital wanted to admit him also, but decided instead to invite him for catheterization and surgery on the first of May.

Meet Four New Faces From Gaza

Posted on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:21 by Brian Mace

We are hoping that these four children from Gaza Strip will receive treatment for their heart defects at Wolfson Hospital in the future.


Ihsan is a lovely looking and sweet little boy who has a hole in his heart. He was brought to Wolfson today, and will be invited for surgery on the 21st of March.


Shams is a little girl of 4 years who also has a hole in her heart. She will be invited for a catheterization later on.


Mohammad was brought to hospital today for follow-up following surgery of a month ago. He has a hole in his heart and will need further surgery when he is 5 years old. He is presently about 5 months old.


Fawze is a little boy of 13 months who has congestive heart failure, a mitral valve cleft, and may be invited for surgery later. 

Three Children Looking Forward to May Surgeries

Posted on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 22:07 by Brian Mace


Malak is a little girl aged 18 months who was brought from Gaza to the hospital in Tel Aviv today. She will be returning every 6 months, and at the appropriate time, will be admitted for heart catheterization. Malak has tricuspid atresia, which is where the valve between her right atrium and her right ventricle fails to develop normally.


We also brought Ali, a 2 year old boy, to the hospital today, and he too will be expecting surgery in May. Incidentally, Ali also has tricuspid atresia where the valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle fails to develop normally. 


Sama was brought to hospital today and she is to expect surgery in May 2012. Sama has a hole between the left and right atria in her heart.

Needing Special Equipment for Mai

Posted on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:24 by Brian Mace

This week's Gaza Report is about 2 children who were brought to Wolfson Hospital this week for assessment, and who will need surgery in the future, Mai and Hadeel.


Pinning Their Hopes On Surgery In Israel

Posted on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 19:03 by Liliya Semenyuk

This week's Gaza report is about three children from Gaza Strip who are pinning their hopes on heart surgery in Israel, Omar, Mohammed, and Nessan.

Omar: As soon as I saw him in the room awaiting an echo evaluation, Omar turned away, a shy smile hid amongst his mother

4 Gaza Children to be Invited for Surgery in January

Posted on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 17:15 by Donna_West

From this Tuesday's Gaza clinic we expect 4 children will be invited for surgery during January: Seba, Lama, Asmaa and Mohammed Alqadi.


Seba is a one and a half year old girl who came from Gaza on Tuesday with her father. Her young mother died of cancer in July of this year shortly after giving birth to Seba's brother.  Seba's father brought her to be admitted for a catheterization on Wednesday. As Seba was being examined, the nurses discovered she had a rash in the groin area which could introduce infection at the nearby site of the catheterization. This was a risk the doctors were not willing to take. She returned home with a promise from Dr. Alona that Seba would be invited back for her surgery next month and they would forego the cath. She suffers from Tetrology of Fallot.


Lama is 8 months old. When I first met her mother she seemed troubled because Lama was not sleepy. Very young children are often sedated so that they can lay still long enough for an accurate image of their heart to be taken. Lama's mother was sitting next to me saying, "No sleepy."  I started talking to Lama and yawning. We all know how contagious yawning can be.  With the added help of a sedative I appeared quite effective and made an instant friend of that mother for the rest of the day. Lama has had a previous surgery in which a shunt was placed in the aorta, and doctors now suspect a coronary fistula (an unnatural connection between one of the coronary arteries and a cardiac chamber). 


Asmaa is a one month old baby girl. All wrapped up in white baby blanket for most of the day, it was difficult to get a glimpse of this sweet little bundle. But as the day wore on, her mother's arms grew tired and she was willing to let others share in the joy of holding her child. Asmaa's diagnosis is pulmonary stenosis and a ventricular septal defect of about 4 mm. 

Mohammed Alqadi:

Mohammed is a 4 month old baby boy who traveled to the clinic with his grandmother. Diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, this little one will have multiple health issues to deal with.  He will be invited for repair of a ventricular septal defect next month.

Seba from Gaza Invited for Heart Surgery

Posted on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 15:31 by Donna_West

Seba Abu Seta, a seven month old little girl from Gaza was evaluated at the Tuesday clinic for the Palestinian children this week. She was escorted by her grandmother. Her evaluation showed her heart to have the TOF defect (Tetralogy of Fallot) and she is invited for surgery next month. We look forward to seeing this child's health improve so she can enjoy a full life. We will keep you updated as her treatment progresses.

Elham Receives Diagnosis and Surgery Date

Posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:14 by Colin Mayhew
Elham Almatsri, this 9-month old baby girl from Gaza, was at Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv today for cardiac evaluation. The diagnosis of her condition is Ventrical Septal Defect, an aperture between the two lower chambers of the heart allowing oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mingle unnaturally together. 
There is no history of congenital heart problem in Elham