Farah's Heart Surgery

Gaza Strip

Farah Returns for an Ear Check

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 02:23 by Jesse Tilman

We enjoyed seeing Farah today.  It's been a few months since we saw her last. On this trip she was just coming for an ear check and possible cleaning. We spent only a small amount of time at the border before they were able to come through. 

Farah is a cheerful little one and a half year old.  She is easy to coax into a smile or a laugh and we had fun with her today. 
The ear specialists inspected her briefly and then did an ear wash and drain. Of course Farah didn't like it at all and it was an intense few minutes for the mother and staff to hold her as she fully used her lungs. Farah has a permanent virus infection that slowed her recovery in the hospital and also affected her ears.  
Hopefully with the cleaning and future carefull attention to her ears and other vulnerable areas we can minimize any issues. 
It was a peaceful time overall with Farah and her mother and we had some good discussions.  

Post-surgery Echo

Posted on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:51 by Sophia Vogt

Today morning we picked up two baby girls from Gaza to bring them to Sheba. Both of them - Hedaya (3 months) and Farah (5 months) - had their surgeries about three months ago. Now everything seems to be ok, the echos were done really quickly.

Hedaya still needed another visit from the doctor, and so we had to wait. And wait... and wait. I have no idea why that took such a long time, but it was a great chance to build relationships with the families. Hedaya's grandma speaks English quite well, so we could talk to each other. I realized, how important it is, to show them love; to let them feel that they are loved. It is so amazing to see the shining eyes of the moms or grandmas when you care for their children. Also a special moment today was, when her grandma laid Hedaya into my arms with the words: pray for her, please. And that is what we request also from you, please pray for them, and also for their families! That they may see and experience the love of Jesus.

Finally, the doctor called little Hedaya again, and everything was right. So both of the children got their papers and we went back to Gaza, which took us a while, cause we were stuck in the evening rush-hour. Even after these few hours today, it was hard to say goodbye to all of them. Please, keep them in your prayers!

Farah Back to Gaza

Posted on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:57 by Alexa Bigl

Sweet Farah has finally been discharged back home. After a couple days of back and forth, waiting for some final checks, today was the day. She and her mom were ready to go by mid-afternoon and I met them downstairs at Sheba. I was shocked to see how many bags of gifts they had received during their month here in Israel. They carried everything down, with the help of other mothers whose children are admitted at the hospital, in two wheelchairs. We weren't sure if everything would fit in the car, but after Farah's mom and I tried a few different ways, we got everything stuffed in.

Farah slept in her baby car-seat during the whole ordeal and her precious little face was a beautiful sight to behold as we tucked bags in and around every open corner of the car. Farah's mom used her limited English while I used my limited Arabic and we were able to converse a bit, enjoying the car ride together. We are so happy for Farah and her family. Her heart is doing extremely well and everything looks clear from her infection and she is gaining weight! The Lord has done a beautiful work in physical healing, and we pray this is the beginning of His continued work in Farah and her whole family. May the Lord pour His love on this family and may they know they are precious people in the sight of God, amen. 

Farah Will Go Home

Posted on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 21:22 by Coby van Wijhe

When we saw little Farah, she was having a hearing test to see if there was any hearing damage because of her CMV infection. The test was not successful because she woke up and was moving. They will give her a little sedation to do the test again later this afternoon or tomorrow morning. The doctor said she will be going home tomorrow anyway! Farah's mom was very pleased, as she doesn't sleep well in the hospital. Farah and her mother have now been admitted already for one month at Sheba Medical Center and both are ready to be home. She has a healed heart and has been gaining weight; praise to the healing Father. Pray for Farah and her mom that they will have a safe journey home and their time in Israel will leave a lasting impression filled with memories of love and healing.

Prayers Against an Infection

Posted on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 22:35 by Coby van Wijhe

When we visited Farah this morning her mom was not in the room. Farah was sleeping and looked good. We met the doctor and she explained about Farah's health. Farah has a CMV infection, which she was probably born with. It's a common virus in the same family as the herpes virus. Because these babies are also at high risk for developing hearing, vision, neurological, and developmental problems, the medical team will check her eyes, ears, and see if there are neurological problems. They will also examine her throat because her speech sounds different. But apart from the infection, she is doing well. Please pray that the CMV infection will be minor and have no effect on the rest of her development. 

Happy Family in the Ward

Posted on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:11 by Coby van Wijhe

Farah has been doing well in the children's ward! Although the progress is slow, she is steadily improving. She continues to breath on her own. They were not able to put an IV in her vessel, so they let it go. She is on bottled milk now and today they tried to increase it to 30 mL every 2 hours. She is still very tiny and needs to gain weight. Farah's mom looked so happy.

Her dad was still with her and we had a nice talk with him. He speaks fluent English. They treated us with ice tea and sweets. Please pray she will increase weight and get stronger. 

An Encouraging Visit

Posted on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:33 by Lindsay Martin

Today Farah was moved to the children's ward after being extubated yesterday. She is recovering slowly but the doctors are encouraged by her progress. 

Her mother was encouraged today by a visit from her father, who had received permission to be in Israel. He spent some time with our coworker Yousef and engaged in discussion with him about the Lord. 
We are thankful for Farah's continued recovery and pray for swift healing for this little girl. Thank you for your continued prayers. 

Breathing On Her Own

Posted on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 22:51 by Coby van Wijhe
When Ben and I saw Farah this morning, her mom had a friend visiting her. She was from the same village and her child was also admitted in the hospital. They had a lovely chat and looked happy. Farah was breathing on her own again and looked much better. She was still on an IV but she was also given a bottle.
We gave Mom some fruit and biscuits and left her with her friend to enjoy spending time together. Thank you for your prayers. 

Recovering in ICU

Posted on Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:32 by Coby van Wijhe
Farah moved to another room. Ben and I visited her in the ICU in Sheba. She is recovering from her operation last Sunday. The doctor is pleased with her progress. They will try to extubate her this afternoon. Mom is looking better and sleeps well. 
Please pray for her recovery. 

Farah's Surgery

Posted on Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:18 by Alexa Bigl

Farah has undergone her successful heart surgery! The doctors had originally cancelled the surgery for yesterday, but we found out this morning it was quickly rescheduled, and Farah received her surgical intervention yesterday afternoon. She is recovering today and remains intubated. The doctors are hopeful she will be extubated tomorrow. They are also already talking about being able to move her to the children's department soon; after she is extubated. 

Our co-worker Yousef had a very nice visit with Farah's mom today. She is doing well; so happy her daughter's surgery is complete. Farah will need close follow-up as there is a chance she could need further intervention after a year. 
Thank you for your prayers; the Lord's healing hand is mighty indeed!
"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind." Psalm 107:19-21