Stable but Needing Prayer
It was my first time to see Rafif and she really touched my heart. Although she is going through a lot her doctor told me that she is stable at the moment. I was glad to hear this news since her condition went up and down the last days. Watching this little baby I knew the Lord is caring for her. He loves her more than anybody, watches her day and night and has her life in His hands. He is the Almighty One who made heaven and earth, the little sparrows in the field and He cares for them everyday! How much more does He care for every need Rafif has!
Thank you for every prayer you speak! We can’t impact the whole world but we can work and live for Jesus where ever He places us.
We know Rafif needs every prayer she can get – so let’s pray for her with a thankful and trusting heart because we know – our God is control!
Little newborn Rafif remains very ill in the ICU at Sheba after her initial pacemaker placement, followed by a palliative but emergent heart surgery just a few days later. As you see, she is on the ventilator and requiring much support, including medications for sedation and blood pressure.
Rafif’s hospital course has been a variable one, marked by periods of stability and progress, interspersed with deterioration and the need for resuscitation and increased support. One of the PICU Nurse Supervisors told us yesterday that they suspect that Rafif may have as-yet unidentified underlying genetic or metabolic abnormalities complicating her situation.
Rafif’s grandma remains at the hospital, hopeful for improvement and thankful for all that is being done. She is open and appreciative of visits. It is obvious that sh loves this baby. May our Father cradle Rafif and her family in his loving arms.
Little Rafif is 10 days old, and arrived to the hospital here in an ambulance. She came from Gaza with her grandma. As I went into the ICU to look for them, I passed an incubator and felt pleased to know that this little life has reached the hands of the medical team here in Israel.
There was a lot of work going on to welcome Rafif by a fairly large team of people; they placed a cannula, did an x-ray and echo, as her grandma sat watching, seeming a little detached from the process. It must have been a really difficult week and a half for this family. She told me she was tired, and Rafif’s mother is tired, and Rafif is tired…
Later in the day, Diana and I were able to see Rafif after the medical team were finished working on her; and we prayed a lot. Rafif is so small, and she startled so easily at every sound, her body was tense and shaking and she cried often; really she seemed very distressed.
The nurse explained that Rafif has a complete AV block, and so we are seeing her heart rate at around 60bpm, which is so slow. Her oxygen saturation were also low, at around 85%. So she is not in a good condition. She is going to have a CT scan tomorrow and then maybe straight into surgery; they can use the CT scan to decide how urgently she needs to be operated on; she’s going to need a pacemaker.
Please pray for little Rafif, and her family. Please also ask for a blessing over the ICU staff as they help sustain her life as we move into the evening here.