“She wouldn’t have made it much further”

Reem reached the Sheba Medical Center in Israel late Thursday night, after some delays in getting security clearance for her young mother to accompany her. The mother says that Reem stopped breathing on the way in the ambulance, and doctors at Sheba immediately put her on mechanical ventilation in the ICU on arrival.

Cardiologist Uri Katz at Sheba says this afternoon (on the eve of the Sabbath) they are still trying to assess the fundamental cause of Reem’s distress, as she has complex congenital heart defects. The assessments will continue over the next few days. “It’s good she’s here,” says Dr. Katz. “She wouldn’t have made it much further.”