Gabriel's Heart Surgery

Kurdistan, northern Iraq

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Help Gabriel

Strength for the Weary

Posted on Sun, 10/21/2018 - 17:59 by Coby van Wijhe
"He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power." Isaiah 40:29
Today Gabriel had his 8th Echo appointment. We all hoped so much that the results would be better. Sadly the doctor had to say that the pericardial effusion is still present. Mom was so disappointed. She cried and we felt also very sad for her. Although he is on a strict fat free diet and high in diuretic medication, still there is hardly any improvement. Gabriel is a happy and active boy. Although the fluid has no bad influence on him, the doctor will not send him home because of some risk. The doctor will discuss his situation with other doctors. Hopefully there might be another solution to his problem. On the way home Mom was so sad and just cried all the way. May our Lord provide for the needs of Mom and Gabriel

ER Visit

Posted on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:01 by Sophie Harvie

Gabi needed to go to the Emergency Room today because his hand had swollen up following a cut. We needed to take this very seriously as Gabi carries a bacteria which can be exacerbated when there is an open wound.

Gabi and his mother were in good spirits throughout the hospital trip. We had quite a long wait in the ER as we organised Gabi's medicines and treatment plan. Gabi was given antibiotics by the doctor to treat the infection in his hand. He will retyrn to Sheba shortly for an echo.
Do pray for this beautiful messenger of God to be fully healed.


Posted on Tue, 10/02/2018 - 20:59 by Jennifer Kellner

The days are flying by here in Israel - Sukkot has just come to a close and it is already October, I can hardly believe it! However, it is also a stark reminder of how long Gabby and his mom have been here for heart surgery/recovery. 

Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God for the improvement Gabby has made thus far. There were many months where Gabby was in the hospital with a drainage tube and while he is not fully recovered yet, we really praise Jesus for the healing He has done so far. It seems there is often a long waiting process involved in reaping an abundant harvest; I hope this is the case for Gabby and his mom. 
Today Gabby had another echo as the doctor has requested to see him weekly. They are closely monitoring the fluid buildup, which after seeing images of his heart today, has remained the same. They will continue him on the higher dose of medication and hope that gradually it will reduce and he can go home with no concerns. He will have another echo next week. 
Please pray for Gabby and his mom, that the Lord would intervene and grant his mom the gift of seeing this waiting period come to an end. Praise him for all he has done and will continue to do!

Fluid Decreasing!

Posted on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 20:09 by Sophie Harvie

Gabi and his mother came to Sheba today for a repeat echo. At the time of his last appointment Gabi's medications were increased in response to the fluid in his heart.  Praise God, today his fluid levels have decreased and his echo is starting to look better after a period of being static.

It was great that Suhail was able to attend the appointment with mum today to ensure she really understands what happening with Gabi. He will be reviewed again in one weeks time.

Some Miracles Take Time!

Posted on Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:43 by Diana Zarrate

When we went to the hospital, Gabby's mom was very hopeful that his echo was going to be better than the last time. In fact, the whole team expected the same. When we arrived to the hospital they did his echo, weighed him and took his vital signs. We waited for around 30 minutes and the doctor arrived. She told us that there was no change; the fluid persisted and he will need another echo this week since the doctor increased the frequency of his medication. On our way home I wondered why God did not relieve the fluid in Gabby's heart but I remembered that it is a miracle he is with us! I thanked God that he has not gotten worse and is stable. I know that God always has everything under control.

Please continue to pray for his mother, that God would give her strength, peace and joy in her heart. Also, please pray for a complete and fast recovery of Gabby and that his next echo will be better. 

Precious Gabi

Posted on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 01:16 by Robyn Stuart

On our way home from the hospital we all agreed that Gabi's mother had a very different countenance compared to the trip to the hospital. Gabi had been unwell over the past 24 hours which caused his mother anxiety. The blood tests that were taken showed he was slightly dehydrated from his bouts of vomiting which have now stopped. The xray and echo gave a good result that the fluid was a little less today. So he will continue on with all medications and return next week after the Yom Kippur holiday break for another check up. He is well enough to return home but because of living a long distance from a hospital the doctor would rather keep him a little longer to stabilise him on his medication. Gabi is covered by many prayers from believers all over the world. So today we say thank you to our Heavenly Father for doing a good work in precious Gabi's life. 

Prayers for Patience

Posted on Thu, 09/13/2018 - 23:44 by Coby van Wijhe
Today Gabriel had his echo check-up in the hospital which showed fluid around the heart. His medication now has increased to 3x per day. He needs follow-up with cardiologist regularly but isn't able to access this in Iraq, and so needs follow-up here. It is very important that he continues on a no fat diet, to assist with his heart healing. His mother was very upset not to be discharged today, and might benefit from having a fellow mother to spend time with in the hospital. Let's be praying for them as they continue to be patient. 

This Looks Familiar

Posted on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:45 by Jennifer Kellner

Today we brought Gabby and his mom back to the hospital for his scheduled echo appointment and blood test. The doctor was very lovely and attentive to Gabriel, who said his heart looked not just good, but “very good” – we are all pleased.

Since Gabriel was in the hospital for so long struggling with the fluid around his heart, the fourth floor of Sheba Hospital became very familiar to him. When we arrived back at the hospital he was cheerful as many people greeted Gabby and his mom.

For now, we are relieved and thankful for Gabby’s continued improvement. We recognize and thank God for his provision over this baby’s life. A couple of weeks ago we prayed Isaiah 30:18 over this baby, during a long period of waiting:

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!

We praise God for this report today and hope for many like this to come. Gabby will have another echo in three weeks to revaluate his health and potential ability to return home home, to Iraq.

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.