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Mohammed and Marwa

Posted on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 19:11 by George Bekx

Mohammed is going home today! All his stuff was ready to leave. It was not entirely clear whether it would happen in the morning or afternoon, though.

Marwa has been back in the hospital for the last 10 days and will probably be operated on Sunday. She has recovered from her previous hospital period, and her body is stong enough to undergo this operation. 

Please keep praying!

 

Sami with our Gaza Patients

Posted on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 22:34 by Jesse Tilman

"Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow. 'Come now, and let’s reason together,' says Yahweh: 'Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land'." Isaiah 1:17-19

Baby Sami has joined two of our other Gaza Patients at Wolfson Hospital. He got surgery before the weekend and is healing up now.

They still have him on strict intake restrictions, but his guardian is making it work well. A pacifier and a little TLC (tender loving care) go a long way! Hopefully he'll soon be able to take milk normally. 
 
 
Sami is the baby that came out in very dire condition by ambulance and went into surgery upon arrival. He's also the cousin of Ghazal over at Sheba. Thank you for praying for this precious child. It was a miracle that he made it intact. With the oxygen depleted at one point we heard, we didn't know if the trip would be successful! That and the ambulance hand over at the border of Gaza were sticking points, but thank God he is now safe in the doctors' hands at the hospital. 
 
Big Mohammed is next to Sami and doing alright. He's still in for a few days and fighting with the hospital ways. His guardian watchs over him and keeps him out of trouble though. 
 
 
Marwa is just a few doors down from them and doing great! She even showed off her dancing skills when we visited. She's energetic and playful and it's so good to see her healthy after her bouts with fluid and swelling. Here's a picture of her entertaining a fellow patient with a video while they did a check up.
 

Mohammed Returns to Gaza

Posted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:18 by Jesse Tilman
"Whatever comes to your hand,  do with all your power..." Ecclesiastes 9:10a
 

Little Mohammed returned to Gaza. After his echo at the Gaza Clinic, he is good to go for another while before the next check up. 

His aunt was great as she took care of all their things. Mohammed mostly slept and the ride down was fun as we traded some conversation and got to know each other. 
 

Omar, Noor, Marwa

Posted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 01:54 by Boltin Teeter

Today three kids where omitted from Gaza to receive treatment at Edith Wolfson Medical Center. All three patients had an echocardiogram to determine their current need for surgery.

Omar was the first to get an echocardiogram and the doctors reported good results! They said every thing looks good and Omar is cleared to go back home. Omar will need to get an echocardiogram once a year to make sure he continues to stay healthy. 

Marwa was next for an echocardiogram. The doctors came to a decision to have Marwa and her mother stay at the hospital for a catheterization and possibly surgery. Despite the results of not returning home today Marwa and her mother where still in high spirits. 

Noor also recieved an echocardiogram and the doctors reported that he is also cleared to return home to Gaza! This was good news to Noor and his family. In the photo below Noor and Yusef in the waiting room after Noor’s echocardiogram.

Baby Ghazal

Posted on Sun, 07/22/2018 - 20:43 by Jesse Tilman
"Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." Matthew 15:28
 
Baby Ghazal is in the ICU at Sheba hospital. She's from Gaza and came with her grandmother. 
 
 
She came out emergently and went for heart surgery. Now recovering, she has a lot of drainage tubes and equipment surrounding her. 
 
Her grandmother was happy to receive a gift bag with some extra clothes for her stay. Talking with her we found that she has eight children. Ghazal is the only child of her mother though after her older brother died. We prayed over Ghazal and thanked the Lord for her life. 

Praying for Love and Support

Posted on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:29 by George Bekx

Ahmed has been in and out of the hospital for 7 years. He has had a CT scan and has been operated on before and will probably be operated again. Ahmed has multiple ailments, and some deviant behavior. We gave him a piece of fruit and cake, but he threw it on the ground. He was lying down in bed with his aunt and then she kept crying. Unfortunately, Ahmed was no longer approachable because he was angry. Spending most of your life in a hospital is very difficult, so please play for Ahmed - not only for physical needs of healing, but also for him to feel love and support instead of anger. 

Hadi (pictured below) is 6 years old and was with his grandmother for an ultrasound. He comes across quietly and grandmother reacts with restraint. We also gave him some cake and fruit.

Mohammed is 4 years old and very agile and busy. He can go home with his grandparents today.

Please keep praying for these precious children! May God's mercy and love pour out over them and their families. 

Healing at the Weekly Gaza Clinic

Posted on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:09 by Jesse Tilman
The multitude also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people . . . and they were all healed! Acts 5:16
 
This week's Gaza Clinic started with our two vans driving in opposite directions. I went to Gaza and George and Yousef went to the Central Bus Station to pick up some family members. Three children came with me and 6 followed by taxi later. Last of all came Mohamed by their own transportation. 
 
 
At the hospital, Simon from SACH came with Dr. Sasson, the lead surgeon. A man from Belgium came with them to see the work. 
 
 Jaffar was diagnosed by Dr.  Basher at 5 days old and went in for  surgical repair soon afterward with success. He's standing strong now, more than a meter tall in his yellow shirt.  
 
 
Pictured next to Jaffar in the white shirt, Marwa is back for an atrial switch operation. She'll be admitted and attended to soon, though not today.
 
 
Ahmed was also in our morning trip. His grandmother had been fun to get to know the last few times she's come.  He was admitted. 
 
Prettt Mai in the white was attentive to what went on around her. Her family from Jerusalem came to see her, including one lady in a wheelchair!
 
 
Ali in the stroller cried a bit and didn't have the energy to do much more. They almost missed the taxi home. Fortunately the time they took to get in allowed Mai's uncle to get back with a cane he had bought for Mai's family. 
 
Eshaq the baby in grey was fat and happy, looking around and smiling at George. We played a lot and he was easy fun throughout the day. 
 
Hadi in green sat and watched the goings on. He was admitted.
 
 
Mohammed came later and joined the party. He's in the red shirt and was active. He was admitted for operation soon.
 
 
As they filtered through the system we helped them go to the nurses' station down the hall to get checks. We added their hospital stickers to the line on the nurses desk and showed them where to wait in the hall.  
 
Some of Yousef's family visited and took in the day.  His nephew Suhaib and his aunt came.  Suhaib has studied to become a doctor and is looking for a place to practice. I'm glad they got an introduction today and pray it will be useful for Suhaib's future. 
 
It was another good Gaza day and we thanked God for the blessings He gives! Families are being healed and lives changed! 
 

Lama Returns Home

Posted on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 22:44 by Jesse Tilman

Lama who has been with us almost two weeks has returned to Gaza after healing up. After many special moments and blessed times, we are a bit nostalgic at seeing her leave. She was the only Gaza kid to stay in the hospital for a while, though others came and went.  Her guardian was quite ready to go, and even caught up on sleep in the van. We hope to see them again in a few months for their checkups. 

Visiting with Lama

Posted on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 21:05 by George Bekx

Today I was able to visit Lama at Wolfson hospital and talk to her grandmother. Lama was sleeping peacefully. 

She expects Lama to stay for at least two weeks. I was able to ask a number of questions to her using a translation machine. She has been sleeping well but sitting in the chair gives her back pain. Her and Lama are being well taken care of by the doctor who comes by every day.

When asked if I could pray for her she indicated that it was okay. I prayed for her and Lama. 

Small Gaza Day

Posted on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:25 by Co-authored
Tim Carden writes:
 
Today, we went to visit children from Gaza, and as always, received the warmest of welcomes. To our great pleasure, Marwa was able to go back home to Gaza for 2 weeks, and see her friends and family for the first time since being there. The joy on her face was truly wonderful to see. 
 
 
Unlike most times, we only received 3 families from Gaza, who all came over for echos today. Hopefully, they will all be starting surgery in good time. Like all of the other families, they were extremely friendly, and grateful for being there. 
 
Abed, only at a year old, arrived today in the hope to be able to do his surgery soon. He seemed to be in good spirits, and will hopefully endure a successful operation. 
 
 
Kenan, the smallest of the bunch, was also here for a surgery, and like Abed, was looking very healthy and cheerful. 
 
 
The slightly older Yahia(over 2 years), was only here for an echo, and will be returning soon to Gaza. 
 
Inshallah, as they love to say here, the surgeries will all go to plan, and these wonderful children will be able to return in full health.
 
Jesse Tilman adds:
 
We thought the two children for surgeries soon would stay at the hospital, but all three that came up with us this morning returned today. 
 
 
Dr. Basher drove up with us and Dr.  Fayez came on his own after lunch.
 
Lama, already here, had surgery today and is now in the ICU. His guardian is doing well. 

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