Ibrahim's Heart Surgery

Gaza Strip

Ibrahim Goes Home

Posted on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 00:46 by Alexa Bigl

On Friday we heard from Ibrahim's father that Sheba hospital was ready to discharge Ibrahim back home to Gaza! The day before he had been weaned off his oxygen, so his recovery had been going very well. Ibrahim's grandmother was becoming very tired and was having back and head pain so this was joyful news for Ibrahim and also for Grandma that they could return home. 

The gratefulness of Ibrahim's family was touching. We very much enjoyed the times we got to spend with this precious baby and his grandmother. We will continue praying for Ibrahim's family, that they can come to understand a small bit of God's love for them. We praise the Heavenly Father, the Healer, for Ibrahim's life and his healed heart! 

Improvement and Anxiety

Posted on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 21:24 by Samara Noble

Ibrahim was moved out of the ICU into the children's ward. When I entered his new room I saw a totally different child. He no longer looks blue, he was alert, and wanting to be held. His grandmother is afraid to pick him up and she is anxious to return to Gaza.

She is not sleeping well in the hospital and forgot her medication at home. The doctors keep trying to reassure her that he is doing well and she needs to hold him but she is still uncertain.

I am hopeful that soon he will be discharged and will be able to return home to his awaiting parents, family, and friends. Please keep both Ibrahim and his grandmother in your prayers. 

Healing Nicely

Posted on Tue, 06/27/2017 - 05:21 by Samara Noble

Ibrahim is doing well! He is healing nicely from the surgery and they took the tubes out of his chest today! Praise God! His grandmother is always anxious to hear about how her grandson is doing and asks questions all the time. I have been amazed by how the women from these different countries, who are there for their children's heart surgeries, are able to support and encourage one another through this process. Even though they have not known each other long they are able to connect through similar circumstances and form a community.

Ibrahim was extubated over the weekend, and has been breathing on his own since. Some of the volunteers at Shevet have expressed how they cannot wait to hold this little baby, as he looks very huggable. We have also spent some fun times with his grandmother as she is very outgoing and enjoys company. 

Ibrahim Comes Through Life-Saving Surgery

Posted on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:24 by Samara Noble

As I walked into the hospital room I saw a newborn laying sedated on a bed meant for a grown man. He looked so small and fragile it brought  tears to my eyes. As I looked at him, I was reminded how beautiful life is and that God gives life to all even this little child named Ibrahim.

Since I was the only one in the room for about 30 minutes I began to pray earnestly for this child's physical life but also his spiritual life and that of the other children in our care. It was a truly amazing opportunity. This little Ibrahim came from Gaza yesterday and went into surgery today. One of the nurses explained to me that the heart has two great arteries; one pumping blood to the body and the other to the lungs. Each of Ibrahim's arteries was pointed in the wrong direction. They intervened to switch them back in the correct direction. The nurse informed me that the surgery went well and his reports are looking good but they will wait until 24 hours to see for sure. I talked with the grandma a little, who spoke only Arabic, and she was extremely thankful.

Safely in the Hands of Doctors in Israel

Posted on Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:16 by jonathan

Thank God, Ibrahim safely reached the Sheba Medical Center Monday night after transfer from the Gaza Strip in an ICU ambulance. More details as they become available.

Rushing Ibrahim from Gaza to Israel

Posted on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 03:32 by jonathan

Ibrahim was born in the Gaza Strip two days ago with transposed arteries leading from his heart; thus blue blood rather than red is sent out to his body. A surgery can be done in Israel to switch those vessels back into their intended places, if Ibrahim arrives in time. We're working to rush him out this week with God's help.