Before I explain the medical situation of my 2nd son Eli for whom we are raising money, I feel I should explain that while we are living in Israel and the hospital that we need to go to is also in Israel (about 3 hours drive each way), the Israeli banks charge high fees for receiving money from overseas and take weeks to receive payments from Paypal, while my Australian bank that I opened before making aliya, charges low or no fees for money from overseas and can receive payments from Paypal instantly. That is why this fund raiser is in AUD not ILS.
When Eli was being born (on 11 June 2015 in Ziv Hospital, Tzfat, Israel) his left shoulder got stuck. By the time the doctors realised what was wrong and cut his mother open a little more to let him out, the contractions had ripped some of the nerves in his shoulder. Initially his left arm was limp like a rag doll and his left hand was curled in, with no more than a couple of mm of natural finger movement.
After an osteopathic treatment by Christina Creek MD who was visiting Israel from New Zealand, and several physiotherapy sessions at a local clinic, he started to be able to move his upper arm a little (from hanging at the side to just below shoulder height), and his hand could open enough to grab a pencil.
In his first year we had to take him to Sheba Children's Hospital in Tel Hashomer for check-ups 4 times before we could get him booked in for an Operation to fix his nerves.
At the age of a year and one month he had his first operation which fixed one of the major nerve bundles in his shoulder.
Since then he has been having physiotherapy sessions almost every week to stimulate the use of the new nerve connections, and twice a year check-ups in Sheba Children's Hospital to assess how successful the operation was and if or when he needs to have another operation to improve his condition.
In April this year he has 2 appointments about a week apart to see specialists who will determine what happens next.
1) Best case, all is good and on track to a natural full recovery of the use of his arm and hand.
2) More Check-ups needed to evaluate his continued recovery and possible need for surgery in the future.
3) Surgery is required, and we will need to bring him to Sheba Children's Hospital for at least a 2 day stay this year.
While the cost of the doctors and physiotherapists is covered by our health insurance, the cost of travel to and from the hospital for each trip is about 5000 shekels (including 7 seater car rental, petrol and other small travel related expenses) and the cost of staying at the closest Hotel while Eli is staying in the Hospital for Surgery is about .
Hopefully we will only need to do the 2 trips for 10,000 shekels, which is our initial goal.
However there is a high probability that we will need to do more trips, and we will keep you posted with updates.