Ibrahim's Heart Surgery

The Gaza Strip

Fighting Together Against Death

Posted on Sun, 01/27/2008 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley
When Ibrahim crossed the border from Gaza into Israel yesterday, and I looked upon his small blue face, I was scared. This was the first time I had ever seen a child so close to death. Even when I held Jenan in my arms I didn't see death right away as I did with Ibrahim. He couldn't get enough air so he was turning blue and a few times it looked as if he was in a coma state. His mother began crying because she thought her son was dead. As we were waiting for another mother to cross we decided that we needed to go ahead and transport Ibrahim to the hospital because we weren't sure if he would make it or not. At the moment we decided to leave, our team just laid hands on him and prayed--without asking, we just did it. After prayer he seemed to breath a little bit normal but he was still holding on and we weren't sure if we would make the hour trip or not. We warned the doctors what we had with us and they were prepared for us when we arrived.

Upon arrival the doctors were able to determine that poor Ibrahim has more than just a heart problem. Ibrahim has Down syndrome, his intestines are growing into his lungs, he has several abnormal issues with his male organs and he has a heart problem. His mother asked me as tears ran down her face if we were going to turn him away because of the other problems he has. I told her
that we would try to do our best to help him with all of his problems but it would be in God's hands if he would make it or not. As she was relieved to hear that we were not sending her back to Gaza she could really focus on the steps ahead. Please pray for the doctors who will be dealing with all of Ibrahim's medical needs. Let's pray that they will have wisdom on how to operate and care for this child. Let's pray for his mother and family as they are stepping out and
trusting "the enemy" to care for their very sick son.

Like Sunshine

Posted on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 00:00 by Autumn_Ridley

After having several surgeries back to back, Ibrahim and his mother are doing quite well. When I walked into his room, his mother was like sunshine. She had a
huge smile on her face and she was so excited to let me see how well he is doing. I called her "sunshine" in Arabic and she just began to laugh. At one point I thought I even saw tears in her eyes because of the thankfulness and joy that her son is on the way to recovery and he is still alive.

After his last surgery, they removed his intestines that were growing into his lungs. There seems to be a lot of oxygen in his lungs and its not really moving the blood back and forth to the heart. They are waiting to see if this will heal up on its own or if they will have to do another surgery.

Ibrahim's mother is very happy to see her son doing well, but she is also missing her other children who are in Gaza. Continue to pray for Ibrahim and his tired but joyful mother.