Via my good friend Loopy. Please repost in entirety.
This is an important story about a young man named Gabriel who is in the fight of his life. Please keep him in your prayers and pass this story along via twitter, FB and everywhere else. If you would like to repost I would consider it a blessing, but most important is to pray for this young man and his family. When I asked if I could repost this, Rebecca responded “Loopy, Thank you. Yes, that would be good of you. Gabriel fights daily to be well and to do the things he does. He’s a brilliant little one with a heart of gold already. We worry about the many issues he has, to include CHD (congenital heart disease) and CHF (congestive heart failure). He also has already had chest surgery to remove a precancerous mass from behind his heart. So now, to top all off, we are on very high alert for Leukemia. If we were ever denied help because of his medical history (IE Down Syndrome), I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably turn into the equivalent of the father on the movie in which his child needed a heart transplant?, he no longer had money, and the insurance was gone, as well. He held up the hospital staff (John Q with Denzel Washington)…and forced them to operate. Noone can ever say what they would feel in their heart when their child is facing a life threatening situation. You are great for offering up the chance for more prayers. His last surgery, I had five churches and their congregations praying when he had the previous chest surgery in late May. It would be a blessing to him and myself. Thank you. I happily accept whatever help can be given, prayers being the most meaningful and beneficial of any help out there. Blessings, Rebecca”
Here is a part of Gabriel’s story:Although I’m 15 months late starting this, it seems a most critical time to begin journaling about you. At this moment, doctors are deciding when you will have your heart surgery, Gabriel. They say you need to have it done before RSV season hits. Your heart is enlarging and the “shunt” to your lungs is increasing so that means pressure in your lungs is increasing. That isn’t how it’s supposed to go so the doctors want to fix the holes in your heart. You have two. One that is in the lower part of your heart called a VSD and the other is in the upper part of your heart that is called a PFO. They are also planning your immunization against RSV. It’s a monthly shot you will get to keep you from getting this respiratory virus. See, the reason you need it is because of those two holes in your heart. They make you susceptible to severe illness should you get this virus. And we don’t want that! Anything mommy can do to help you get well and stay well, you can count on me to do it. Yes, your surgery is a big deal but it’s a much bigger deal if you don’t do it. You are such a valuable addition to the world. They don’t know how lucky they are to have you in it. It’s my job to give you every opportunity to grow, learn, laugh and play. It’s also my responsibility to protect you and teach you. This surgery will give us years and years longer to accomplish our love crusade. So, surgery will be within the next several weeks to two months. It’s a waiting game for us now. Please read the rest at