Majid's Heart Surgery


Finally Home

Posted on Wed, 03/09/2016 - 22:09 by Brenda Hofer

Ruth and I went to Sheba hospital today to encourage and support a grandma whose granddaughter was having surgery early.  To my surprise, we were told that Majid would be discharged today as well. I was excited for him and his family since I knew he had been in the hospital for a while. The discharge process could be a long wait as I was told. I tried to prepare myself for a long stay.  It was apparent that Majid's mother was not eager to stay any more than necessary.  Hoping for the best, the hours slowly dragged by. We watched and waited and waited some more. Finally, the doctors conferred and the medications were filled, and we were off in the van. Other than heavy traffic, the ride home was pleasant.

As I was walking them to the Erez gate, it occured to me this was going to be the last time I would see them. It is funny how attached one can be after knowing someone for a limited amount of time. I am glad for Majid, though, that he is  going home to be reunited with his sister and two brothers. We also as believers are looking forward to our eternal home one day. We will have a shelter that will never rust, nor deteriorate. Isaiah 32:18 states "Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places." We praise God for His many blessings on Majid's family as they celebrate his homecoming. And, we look forward to our celebration with our Father one day in heaven.

Fast Reunion

Posted on Sun, 03/06/2016 - 20:41 by Brenda Hofer

Miriam and I set out for the Erez border crossing to pick up Majid's mother this morning.  It took us a minute to find her, but since she was only one of a few ladies in the crowd it was not too hard to pick her out.  We drove to Sheba Hospital without incident. Trying to find parking and then actually parking in an impossible spot was a miracle in itself.  Since we do not usually visit Sheba, it took us a while to find the building, but we did.  It was a pretty sweet moment and a privledge to watch Majid's mother and grandmother hug in joy.  Majid himself was only awake for a short time while we were there. His mother seemed relieved to finally see her precious baby boy again. The medical staff were attending to him a lot of the time when we were there, so I was a little sad I did not get to hang out with him more.  He is still fairly tiny like when I saw him a week and a half ago.

God willing, according to his grandma, he is doing great and might be discharged from Sheba in the next few days. We could not verify this with the staff, as they told us they could only release information to the family. But we were able to drive the grandmother back to Erez without a problem. She thanked us, in English a few times.  It was special to me that we can be the hands and feet of God in a practical way helping people and making a difference. Paul, like so many Biblical authors, exhorts us to be others-focused and less self-focused. Phillipians 2:4 says ¨ Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.¨ I hope we can help reunite Majid, his mother, and grandmother in their own home very soon.

Our Trust is in the Lord

Posted on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 23:43 by Juanita Florez Parra

Today, along with Brenda and Suhail, we had the amazing opportunity of visiting Majid, I was very anxious and excited for meeting him. Upon our arrival to the hospital, we found him in his room with his grandmother, she looks a bit tired, in love with her beautiful and little grandson though. We couldn't share too much time with him. While we were watching over him, he fell asleep . Even if his grandmother didn't speak our language, we could realize that our visit made her very happy. He's getting better, he isn't looking bad, but due to his lack of oxygenation he lost 1 kg and is looking much littler than the previous time.

There are many situations where we can't figure out God's will. It's difficult to see a little boy who has to be plugged to a machine daily and is receiving special care; but this invites us to place all of our trust and faith in God so we can understand what he has prepared for each one of us, and for Majid's life.

"But those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." isaiah 40:31


Awake and Recovering

Posted on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 21:57 by Jesse Tilman

Our little Majid continues his healing journey at Sheba Hospital. Today, we saw how his side is healing.

There is a smaller protective covering over it now. As we saw him this evening he was moving around quite a lot. His grandmother said this morning was the first he had been awake. He is on oxygen and looked like he was trying to speak. She said that he has no voice right now. 

She was grateful for prayers on his behalf and smiled broadly as we spent time with her. He has a gauze pad over his chest where the cardiac operation was done. We got to hold his hand for a little bit and encourage the grandmother as well. Outside the ICU we found some encouragement ourselves as we saw mementos from past Shevet Achim children who came here to Sheba.

Ibrahim's father and Jonathan took a look at a photograph of the hospital staff and Yaqoob (a child previously in Israel through Shevet). As we walk through the valleys and mountains with these families, we see God bringing His light in the darkness.


Majid Comes to Israel!

Posted on Sun, 01/31/2016 - 19:16 by Philip Rasmussen

Last Wednesday morning we received news that baby Majid from Gaza finally was accepted for treatment at Sheba hospital! And, that permissions from the Gaza and Israeli side of the border were given to let an ambulance bring Majid over the border and directly to the hospital. With strong perseverance from several co-workers and the Lord’s favor, Majid’s only medical hope for treatment was secured.

By late afternoon Majid was rolled in to the ICU by the ambulance workers and given into the cautious care of the staff. At one point, six nurses and doctors were standing around Majid’s bed and discussing which steps to take. A pediatric surgeon was called upon to close a wound on the side of Majid’s body left open from an earlier operation. Later a cardiologist came and made an echocardiogram to get a picture of the complex structure of the heart and stated that Majid was suffering from a heart defect very similar to Tetralogy of Fallot. They are planning to do a small stent operation which will enable Majid to grow stronger and hopefully to come back for a full repair in about half a year. The cardiologist was quite optimistic regarding Majid’s medical situation and prospects of healing. “Look at him; he will be fine,” was her final comment with reference to his sweet chubby cheeks.

Majid is escorted by his grandmother, and she seemed quite relieved to hear that her grandson doesn’t need a massive intervention right now but will do fine with a smaller procedure. By looking at her you could see what an emotionally tough journey she had been through in the last few days not knowing how long her new precious grandson would hold on to life. On top of all, that she carries much responsibility being the only family member escorting Majid and to navigate in completely new surroundings in Israel. It was beautiful to see how the father of one of our other Gaza children--Ibrahim--was doing everything in his power to make her feel at ease and also took time to talk to Majid’s family in Gaza over phone and assure them that Majid is in the best hands possible. True reconciliation is taking place in such evident ways at these hospitals!