Adam's Heart Surgery

Gaza Strip

The Battle for Adam's Life

Posted on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 16:40 by Shevet Volunteers

Wed, 12/07/2011

Four month old Adam Abu Mousa was greeted at the border crossing by volunteer nurse Ingrid from Holland, who was prepared to administer oxygen to Adam if needed. We were alerted of the severity of Adam's condition, although a complete diagnosis was not yet determined.

When it was Adam's turn for his echo, there was an uncommon amount of doctors walking in and out of the room looking at the echo screen. There is a rhythm to all activities and when you are familiar with the rhythm it becomes instinctual to sense when things have changed. Every time I have seen this happen in the past, doctors have been conferring over unusual or serious conditions. Today was no different. Baby Adam is in serious condition. The doctors have identified multiple (maybe three) holes in his heart and possibly a fourth unidentified problem in the aortic artery. 

After four attempts to evaluate all of Adam's heart defects, he was given oxygen and admitted to the ward for further care and observation.


Sun, 12/11/2011

Adam appeared bright-eyed and alert in the Pediatric ward today. His mother was relieved at the improvement and the prospect of surgery for him tomorrow.


Wed, 12/14/2011

Adam is a smiler. He is constantly found with his eyes locked on his mother's face and smiling from beneath his nasal cannula, the tube giving fresh oxygen to his nose. He has not had his surgery yet. 

The mothers who speak a little English tell me they are waiting for the "Professor" to come. As near as I can understand, that seems to mean the head surgeon, Dr. Sasson. No matter how many hearts Dr. Sassoon repairs, each child is a special case and he weighs out all of the details of each case and the individual intricacies for that child.

Adam's condition is complicated, and if surgery is his only hope for a healthy life, I am sure Dr. Sasson wants everything to be just right before beginning.


Thu, 12/22/2011

Adam remains in serious need of surgery. As I entered the room, I found Adam in his mother