Gabriel's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Finally Back at Shevet

Posted on Sun, 08/19/2018 - 23:00 by Johanna Ebert

After two long months staying at the hospital, we were finally able to take Gabriel home last Tuesday. Praise the Lord! Those two months were a very hard time for Gabriel’s mum and Gabriel and we are so happy that he is now finally stable enough to stay with us in our apartment in Jaffa.

He still needs special milk and antibiotics, but he is improving. We praise the Lord for the healing that He has given and continue to pray for further recovery! 

Encouraging Visit

Posted on Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:39 by Robyn Stuart

Going up to the ward to visit little Gabi today I was aware of all the prayers that have been been said on his behalf. Having him now in the ward has been an encouragement that these prayers are being answered. His wonderful mother was busy with daily chores when we arrived. Gabi was entertaining himself with tunes from his Mum's phone. After some time a helpful nurse advised us that Gabi was scheduled for an Xray to check his lungs for fluid. It was also encouraging to get a good report from todays Xray that his lungs are good. He then had a big sleep after his taxing morning. 

He is on anti biotics for a recurring fever but there is still no results from previous blood test taken to give a reason for these fevers. So little Gabi will remain in hospital for a little while yet. Thank you for praying and be encouraged to continue in prayer for Gabi. 

Patience and Waiting

Posted on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 22:51 by Jennifer Kellner

Gabriel and his mother were in a different room today but his prognosis is still the same. The doctors and nurses informed us that the buildup of fluid has fluctuated in the past several days, getting better and worse at times. However, one of the attendants mentioned that they may take the drainage tube out this week. The doctors corrected the stenosis during his lastcatheterization and are hopeful that it will resolve the issue over time.

It’s been a long time since Gabriel and his mom have been back in the hospital. We invite you to pray alongside us as we lift them up to our Father, who cares for them more than we ever could.

Isaiah 30:18 says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

May this declaration over us be true, that God would in fact be gracious in healing Gabriel. This is the Lord’s promise and word of hope, thus we wait for Him.

Our Brave Little Man

Posted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 00:58 by Robyn Stuart

Little Gabriel had to endure another cathaterisation today as he is still stuggling with fluid on his lungs. His very tired mother hoped that today there would be an answer to the cause if this build up of fluid as we sat with her waiting for Gabi to come out of the OR. When the surgical team reported that they had enlarged a stenosis in the pulmonary artery, I could see that hope had risen in Gabi's mum. Please pray with us  as we lift Gabi to our creator God. We trust that hope will not dwindle and soon Gabi will be back to his happy self. 

Gabriel on Track

Posted on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:11 by Jesse Tilman

Visiting Gabriel today, we found him eating some orange and banana. Bite after bite, his mother at first was convincing him to eat and then he began to get used to it. We were hoping he would have his drainage tube removed by now, but his mother said this morning they found some fluid still in his lung and the tube will stay a bit longer. 

She was happy to see some visitors and we were able to hold Gabriel for a while and bless him. So with a few more days to come in the hospital, we pray for the mother's strength. After a little while, fellow Iraqi, Ana was transferred to the same room with Gabriel! Her surgery was yesterday and she is healing fast. The mothers were glad to get a few pictures together. 
Gabriel is still on a special diet with no oil and we looked into the formula he will use when he does come home. He's an active baby and that quickens healing, so we don't expect it to be long. 

Sweet Gabriel

Posted on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:52 by Robyn Stuart

Today we headed to hospital to support Gabi's mum while he underwent an exploritory cathaterisation proceedure. The doctors explained they were doing this to find a possible cause for the continued fluid build up in Gabi's chest. His mother was understandably anxious and emotional. While waiting outside the operating theatre his mother chatted to me with the help of google translate. We shared short stories and photos of our families. When Gabi returned from surgery his mum was relieved to be told his heart is in good condition and the flow of blood through the pulmonary artery was at quite a high volume. This they are hoping will reduce in the coming days, hence reduce any more fluid. They also re-inserted the fluid drainage tube in his side to stop further build up. Please continue to lift this little man before our wonderful heavenly Father. 

Answered Prayers

Posted on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:18 by Georgia Willcocks

It feels like Gabi has been in Sheba for such a long time now. Each visit has been a joy to see him, but also sadly has brought little news of any changes to Gabi's medical status. We have really had him on our hearts at home to join together and pray for him.

Today was finally some good news, that the fluid in his chest is decreasing and they are hopeful that they will be able to remove his chest drains tomorrow. 

Gabi's lovely mum has been so strong through this whole time, and today she seemed a little brighter knowing that Gabi is starting to show signs of improvement. I told her that we have all been praying for him, and for her, and that we will continue to intercede for him.

Praise God for the good news from today for this lovely little boy. 


Continued Prayers for Gabriel

Posted on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 20:53 by Sophie Harvie
We arrived just at the right time at Sheba this morning to accompany Gabriel and his mother to an echo and chest x-ray. 
Gabriel has been in the hospital for four days now due to increased fluid in his lungs. Unfortunately, this is seeming to be a persistent problem for Gabriel with quite a lot of fluid present in the left lung today.  The doctors are keen to isolate the reason as to why this is happening. They plan to monitor his fluid intake closely and may decide to do an investigatory catheterization if necessary. Positively, the doctor was pleased with Gabriel's heart on the echo.
Please continue to pray for Gabriel and his lovely mother. Pray that the fluid in his lungs reduces and for full healing for Gabriel. 

Little Ray of Sunshine

Posted on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 21:48 by Alisha Hershberger

Little Gabriel was having his echo before we saw him at the Sheba hospital today. From the previous examinations, there was fluid in his left lung. Today there is fluid in his right lung. Our prayer is that all of the fluid will be gone, and that his next echo on Sunday will have good results. We would love to have him back with us at Shevet soon.

Despite the fluid, Gabriel was in such a chipper mood. He was so happy to see familiar faces in the hospital today. Little Gabby was overflowing with smiles and it was very easy to make him laugh. He loves his new toy duck. It sings songs and he absolutely adores it. I was so excited to see that he is doing so well even when his health is not at its best.

Admitted Again

Posted on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 21:46 by Maxine Stuart

Poor Gabbi went back for his x-ray today. But it showed that more liquid had accumulated in his lungs since his last visit. His doctor decided it was best to admit him for monitoring while they try to reduce the fluid with medication. It was a long process getting him a bed and IV line sorted. He will have another x-ray and echo tomorrow morning.