Today we said a final goodbye to dear Ibrahim who passed from this life at 11:45 am. While his family was not able to be present at the hospital, the nurses and staff were tenderly caring for him even in his final moments. Upon arriving at the hospital for other scheduled echo appointments and visits, we received the news that Ibrahim was in critical condition and that the doctors were expecting he would not survive the day.
I quickly found his room in the Pediatric ICU and waited while the doctors consulted with each other. They explained to me that all of their attempts to help him have only caused more problems. Within minutes they had removed him from the heart support machine to see if he could maintain his own heart rate. Slowly, sweet Ibrahim’s heart grew tired of the effort. The nurse and I waited patiently in the room. She gently stroked his arm with care. I leaned over the bed, offering words of encouragement to him. I recalled to the nurse the day just last week when I drove Ibrahim’s grandmother back to Gaza. We waited.
When the heart monitor read “0”, a bleep sounded from the machine. The nurse looked up to the ceiling and squeezed Ibrahim’s hand. This was an arduous journey for Ibrahim, whose short life on earth was riddled with difficulty. We pray for and extend our love to his family as the Lord welcomes Ibrahim into true rest and comfort.
Please join us in these prayers.
It was a somber visit to Ibrahim’s ICU room in Sheba Hospital today. Several doctors stood around his bed, consulting one another on his difficult situation. The baby remains on heart and lung support and is now suffering from an infection (sepsis), which has further complicated his situation. Still without any family members to sit beside him, Ibrahim is struggling to push through. Outside of his room, the doctor was concerned: “I am very worried for him. We have done all we can do.”
“So he is in God’s hands?” I asked.
“Yes. I do believe in God too.”
Join us in praying that the Lord will work miraculously in his body. This is a critical time for Ibrahim who is so near to God’s heart.
We found the Sheba medical staff faithfully attending to Ibrahim, now on his fifth day of ECMO heart-lung support. They report there is still no visible improvement in his heart function, and seem discouraged that this time-limited intervention is not making a difference. We’ve promised to support them with our prayers.
Walking into the PICU today at Sheba Hospital, I found Ibrahim’s grandmother holding the doctor’s station counter for support and shaking. I reached out a hand to see if she was alright, and she began crying and collapsed on the floor. As a few nurses helped her up and got her water, I noticed other nurses and doctors rushing into Ibrahim’s room. I asked the only doctor left at the station about Ibrahim and was told that he is very unwell and they have to put him on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). While this technology has helped many people, it also comes with many risks and indicates that Ibrahim’s situation is very serious. Ibrahim has spent his entire life fighting, and we fervently pray that he will keep fighting with the healing strength of God behind him.
Update July 7: Please continue to pray for Ibrahim, as he is still on ECMO and not yet improving:
Ibrahim from the Gaza Strip, has a complex heart defect, DILV double inlet left ventricle, and was brought to Sheba Medical Center. In his surgery today, the surgeon implanted a pacemaker in Ibrahim, and made a PDA pulmonary artery banding, to help his lungs.
Ibrahim’s grandmother is very concerned, we’re praying for her peace of mind and for little Ibrahim’s recovery.