We were all very excited at the Shevet base in Jaffa to hear that Ibrahim and his mother were coming for a pacemaker checkup today. They both made a big impression last time – Ibrahim with his enormous smile, and his generous-hearted mother. I don’t think I’ve ever met an 11 year old who smiles as much as Ibrahim!
Ibrahim is a beautiful young boy who had received surgery before at a different hospital where resources are more limited. When it came to the last minute and there was no one left to help, we saw God open the door for him to receive his life-saving surgery at one of the best hospitals in Israel.
Ibrahim’s family has also suffered in losing a daughter before to a heart condition and knowing the pain of having no one to go to for help.
Today, as he went in for his follow up echo, the doctors reported that his echo was very, very good. Or in Arabic one would say, “mumtaz jiddan.” We thank God for how He has blessed Ibrahim and for his continued healing.
Ibrahim’s family expressed many thanks and heartfelt greetings to all of the hospital staff and to the Shevet volunteers for the way they have seen Ibrahim and cared for him when there was nowhere else for them to go. We know that God is the One who saw him and made the way.
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 146:1-2
Last week, Ibrahim and his mother stayed at the Jaffa Center. I immediately loved Ibrahim. He is so gentle, patient, and smart. His eyes are a soft chestnut hazel brown, and he is always receiving sensory information from the world through these beautiful eyes. We spent time together coloring and connecting the dots from an activity book. He is so intelligent and learns very quickly. His smile is so warm, and I love seeing him smile.
Today he was scheduled for an electrophysiology procedure. I searched for the electrophysiology department where Ibrahim had his procedure. It was in a different building than the typical pediatric building we are often in. I walked the various halls, and just as I was about to enter the correct floor, Ibrahim’s mother called out to me. I smiled and we reunited. The timing was absolutely perfect.
A doctor and transporter were transferring him back to the pediatric hospital building at that moment. I was so happy to see him. Ibrahim did not realize that I was there at first, but when we made eye contact, we were both smiling.
The mother explained that they had implanted a dual-chamber, implantable, cardioverter defibrillator to help pace his heart rate and control any abnormal rhythms.
Ibrahim is very gentle, and when he returned to the cardiac unit, the nurse mentioned that she loved him as well because he is so gentle. His eyes remind me of kindness.
Please pray for him as he recovers, and he is recovering well now. We hope that he will be able to return to his family soon.
Today we took Ibrahim and his mother to Sheba hospital to have an echo and assessment for his heart. Already we have seen God’s hand working in this boy’s life as he was given permission to come from Gaza late in the day after all the doctors had left. But praise the Lord, we were able to house him at our home in Jaffa for one night and the hospital was helpful to arrange a last minute appointment for him today. This was such a blessing from the Lord as Ibrahim has many electrophysical problems with his heart and will need a pacemaker inserted to ensure that his heart continues to function properly.
Ibrahim and his mother both have sweet spirits and thankful hearts. They were both patient through the process of waiting for the tests and seeing the doctors. He was admitted today so the doctors can continue to assess and discuss the best next steps. We are so thankful that God arranged this time for him to receive this much needed intervention.
Please pray for both Ibrahim and his mother as they get adjusted at the hospital. May they have restful sleep and peace. Please also pray for Ibrahim as he is unable to hear or speak. We are asking the Lord to not only heal this precious boy physically but also to give him a new heart, one that follows after the Lord.