Struggling in the ICU

This was my second visit to see Reem in the past week, still critically ill in the ICU at Sheba hospital.  I had hoped to find her improved after the addition of another special medication four days ago. Reem continues to have extremely high pressure in her lungs, despite being given  high concentrations of oxygen, a special gas called Nitric Oxide, and two other medicines specifically designed to reduce lung pressures.  She remains on the ventilator, and requires continuous sedation as well as three medications to help her heart and support her blood pressure.

In short, Reem’s body is struggling.  Despite her peaceful appearance— the product of necessary heavy sedation— a war is waging inside this fragile little one. And since she had been unstable during an attempt last week to perform a diagnostic MRI, causing that attempt to be canceled, the doctors still call her “a great mystery”.

Reem’s mother is young, beautiful, vivacious, and so very hopeful.  She calls her first and only child, Reem, her “sleeping beauty”.  She read the Psalms given to her from sponsor Lucy, and openly and readily receives prayer.  Today, for the first time, her unfailingly positive speech seemed to falter when she confessed, “I need good news about Reem…  it has been nearly a month since our arrival”.  She speaks of Jesus, yet not yet as one that knows Him personally.

Reem needs a supernatural touch from God.   Her condition is grave, but our God not only cares— He hears, He heals, He comforts.  Please, friends, pray fervently for Reem and her family!

These Scriptures come to mind as I pray for Reem and her sweet mama:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

We don’t see the healing currently, yet we cling to the Healer and plead for His great work in her body,mind, and spirit. And especially for Reem’s mother:

“The Lord is my strength and my song— He has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14

What a privilege we have to stand beside Reem’s family during this time of need, bolstering and encouraging them, showing them the Healer.