Mohammed from Gaza's Heart Surgery

Mohammed from Gaza
Gaza Strip

Follow-Up and a Healthy Mohammed

Posted on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:34 by Eric Sanchez

Today we had an echocardiogram for little Mohammed (brother to baby Zahab) to follow-up on his surgery. He was accompanied by his loving grandmother. Right from the start you could tell this woman showed her deep love for Mohammed by the way she cared for him and put his needs before her own. We met them at a rendezvous point in Tel Aviv and took them to Sheba Medical Center for his appointment.

After checking in and a relatively short wait, they were taken to a room not too far from where we were actually waiting to have his echo. Mohammed was such a trooper and withstood the technician's apparatus moving on his chest without much fuss. Throughout the echo his grandmother stood faithfully by his side, placing trust in the technician and doctor who were discussing what they were seeing, as well as taking down metrics in a language she did not understand. This trust was visible in her eyes, and again her love for Mohammed and care for his wellbeing were so evident.

Afterwards - through interpreter - she learned that all seems well for him and her eyes were a celebration, filled with relief and joy. The two afterwards began their journey home. This was a great day for Mohammed and all of his family, and it was a blessing being able to assist in any way possible. What stayed in my mind afterwards was the sacrifice of love shown by his grandmother. She would do anything for him, and I know she would say that she would make the long journey it takes to get him the care he needs every day of her life if need be. May Mohammed grow into a strong young man with God's favor, and may his family be blessed.

Deliveries of Joy

Posted on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 21:21 by Rebekah Yang

This afternoon, I had the privilege, along with Suhail, to go to Sheba hospital in order to take Mohammed back to Gaza, so he may continue his treatment there.

When we arrived at the children's ward, we were welcomed by both his grandma and another relative with several warm kisses. After checking in on Mohammed, we went to visit his sister - Zahab - who had just arrived a few days ago and is recovering in the ICU after her heart surgery.
Suhail was blessed with a little bit of time to chat with Mohammed's grandma. We then climbed into the van again to take Mohammed to the Erez check point. On our journey back, there was a lot of heavy traffic. Even tryinf to get out of the main entrance gate at Sheba hosiptal was difficult and took us almost 20 minutes. At first I was very nervous. Mohammed is so tiny and he was breathing very quickly. However, after I put an oxygen mask over his mouth to help him breathe, he gradually settled down and fell asleep. While he was sleeping, I took his saturation and found out that his saturation was great - praise the Lord!
When we arrived at the Erez checkpoint we had to face the same questions again and again from many different people. It took us another hour before we eventually drove to the inside area of the checkpoint where a Gaza ambulance was waiting for Mohammed.
Although the time in traffic and at the checkpoint was so long and was frustrating at times, knowing that Mohammed was transferred to the other side, where people were waiting for him, filled me with joy. Words could not express how wonderful it was.
Thank you all for all your prayers and support. May God's healing hands continue to work in Mohammed's life in order to glorify His holy name. Amen!

Mohammed thriving three days after surgery

Posted on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

To our joy and the joy of Mohammed's grandmother, today we found him thriving three days after his open-heart surgery. He's gulping down milk 10 cc's at a time, and already adding to the tiny 2 kgs (4.5 pounds) he weighed on admission.

Doctors are already hoping that Mohammed can return to Gaza next week. 

"To GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death" (Psalm 68:20).

He is Stable

Posted on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 21:53 by Alejandra Becerra

Today was a long day! Suhail and I went to visit our baby boy, Mohammed, and his loving grandmother. 

It was the first time I had gone to Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Aviv. The centre was like a little town with a huge playground and a kids's cinema, and I found it really interesting to be visiting a new place. 

Mohammed had his surgery on Monday, and was now stable in the ICU. We were waiting for the doctors to remove a tube. During our visit he also had an x-ray and had to be under constant supervision. Suhail was talking to Mohammed's grandmother which was special because he encouraged her to continue taking care of Mohammed in a loving and dedicated way. 

Our watchword this morning was really touching and relatable for our families who face uncertain times like these: "Though you suffer now rejoice in the future."

Baby Mohammed's Emergency Transfer to Israel

Posted on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

Mohammed was born 45 days ago, a triplet, and we learned yesterday that he probably wouldn't survive the upcoming Shavuot/Pentecost holiday weekend without immediate transfer to Israel. After long hours of work by Laila and Agnes, he reached the Sheba Medical Center Thursday evening, thank God, and is scheduled for surgery Monday morning.