Gabriel's Heart Surgery

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Echo Day

Posted on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:25 by Co-authored

Written By: Danielle Harris

Gabriel came in today to get his first ECHO after his heart surgery. He was not so happy during the ECHO, but as soon as we started speaking with the doctor his smile re-emerged. He was laughing and playing with whatever he could get his hands on. Gabriel’s ECHO was excellent, as were his blood pressure, weight, and oxygen level. His mother was concerned about his breathing, but the doctor assured her that it was routine after his surgery and there is nothing to worry about. The nurses and doctor all remarked about how well he is doing now and how healthy he looks! He will be back next week for another appointment, but so far his health and happiness are looking fantastic! And as he always does at the Shevet apartment, he filled the hospital with smiles and laughs!

Blood Test

Posted on Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:37 by Martha Kowal

This morning we drove with Gabriel and his mother to the hospital for a blood test. He was so sweet the whole ride and looked around and admired everything. When we arrived we went directly to the registration and after a long wait it was finally time.

Although he was afraid because he did not know what happened to him, he bravely defeated himself. We still do not have the results but we want to stay optimistic and pray that everything is fine and that he can continue to recover and work so well!


Posted on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:59 by Johanna Ebert

As we entered the secondary ICU today, Gabriel’s mum welcomed us with a bright smile and the good news that Gabriel can go home. We just had to wait for the discharge letter and then we started our trip to the Shevet apartment.

We are very thankful for the quickly recovery and hope he can continue like this. He is a very lovely little boy and we looking forward to spending more time with him and his mum in our house.

Big Exercise Day

Posted on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 21:52 by Co-authored

When we went to visit Gabriel today he was getting exercises from a physiotherapist. She trained his shoulder, back and arm muscles. While doing the exercises, she explained that it is very important for his development during this time. 

Gabriel will begin now by sitting in a child-carrier seat. He also found a new friend, George, who is a new volunteer. Together they made funny faces and we shared a lot of laughter.

Over night and during the day his oxygen was stable and will have an ECHO later today.


Posted on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:27 by Johanna Ebert

Georgia and I could visit Gabriel and his mum today. It was a big joy, Gabriel has been  extubated already and slept peacefully. Also the mum looked relieved and happy. She mentioned that he cried a lot during the night, but otherwise he is doing very well.

We are God so thankful for his protection want continue to pray for these sweet little guy and his lovely mum!

Cath and Surgery

Posted on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 23:48 by Alisha Hershberger
This morning Gabriel went to have his catheterization done. His mother followed him out as far as she could before they took him for the diagnostic technique. It was an emotional moment for us all to see him go behind those doors. We prayed for Gabriel's mother, and knew God would bring good from this. 
He came back just before lunch and his mother was delighted to hear he was doing well. The doctors informed us that they would take him for surgery in a few hours. We let Gabriel's mother have those hours with him.
At about 1pm they rolled him into surgery. We sat and waited while the operation happened. We expected a 4-5 hour surgery, but praise God he was out in about 3 hours. It was a wonderful surprise! The last we saw him he was doing just fine and recovering well.

Going Into Hospital

Posted on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:31 by Georgia Willcocks

We monitored Gabriel regularly since his arrival at Shevet. He remained stable up until the evening time, where his oxygen levels began to drop, and so he was taken to the hospital last night. 

Today, we visited him and his mum in ICU. The hospital staff worked quickly with him, showing great care to carry out tests so they can come up with a treatment plan for him. 

Gabriel and his mother are in ICU with another family who are from the same place, and speak the same language, and so this provides some companionship for mum, as their babies are on this journey together. 

Gabriel's mum prayed for him throughout the time we were together and she asks us to pray for news of his surgery plan soon. 

Sunshine Gabriel Comes to Israel

Posted on Mon, 05/28/2018 - 21:38 by Martha Kowal
Today we were allowed to welcome the little Gabriel to Israel! He arrived with two other children and their mothers after a long flight at 8am across borders. The other two children were not so stable with their oxygen and after the stress subsided, we drove to the Sheba hospital for some check-ups. There it quickly came out that Gabriel's condition is stable enough and he is allowed to drive back with us to the Shevet house.
Tomorrow he will go back to the hospital for an echo. Gabriel is a little sunshine, because ever since he arrived at Shevet, he has not stopped smiling. Please pray with us for Gabriel, together with his mother who is a Christian, and commit him to God for the time to come!