A touching and precious picture welcomed me, as I reached little Riham and her mother this morning. Riham was lying on her lap and was carefully bathing by her mom. Seeing her mother caring and intimately spending time with her daughter, filled us with deep joy. Riham started to get daily occupational physiotherapy and bathing which really helps her to be calm and also her chest health. You can really see how she is reacting to tight caressing, holding and hearing her mothers voice.
They also made an EEG scan this morning, as you can see on the picture. The results will come tomorrow.
Riham still really needs our prayers as well as her mother. May she can built a new intimacy with her daughter and may Riham feels peaceful inside.
How Deep the Father's Love for Us
As I stood comforting Riham today I was so struck by how much I could feel God’s love for her. She is so small, so sweet and so innocent and she is a treasure to her Heavenly Father. He loves her so much that He sent His son to give His life for her. This is amazing. At a time when many things are so broken for Riham it seems important to remember that our God is the defender of the weak, he is our safest dwelling place.
Riham’s mother is finding hospital very difficult and sometimes being in the hospital setting can make her feel very unwell. Please pray for Riham’s mum that she would feel the love of God and pour this same love over little Riham.
Riham is currently stable although faces many challenges. She has lost a bit of weight which is worrying when she is already so small. She is also making repetitive and constant movements with her arms and legs and needs a lot of massage and careful positioning to try and allow her body time to rest. Please pray peace and healing into Riham’s body. Pray that she feels loved and held tightly in the arms of her father so that she has peace.
The situation in Riham’s intensive care room was tense and somber today. Riham had another visit by the neurologist and the news was not good – she has extensive brain damage from her extended CPR. Her situation looked bad, her eyes were rolled back in her head and she was having convulsions after being taken off the narcotics. However, the young brain is amazing and incredible feats of recovery are possible, and we are faithfully expecting a miracle in this case.
The mother was very tired and restless, so we took her for a walk and tried to encourage her as much as we could. Please pray for the mother’s comfort, and Riham’s complete healing.
Today when I came into the ICU, the nurses were preparing little Riham for surgery. After she was in the surgery room I went outside with her mum to get some fresh air. Her mom was peaceful but also very worried. When we came back to the waiting area she put music on and started to pray for her little daughter.
It was a lot of waiting. During the surgery Riham’s mom coped with it okay. Finally the surgeon came out and said that everything went well and that they did the pacemaker and fixed something else in her heart which they didn’t see before. After the surgery it took them some time to stabilize Riham.
Please pray for Riham that she will recover soon from the surgery. And please also pray for her mother to have strength to be strong for her daughter.