Refael, a sweet little baby with big brown eyes and bouncy curls, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and a weak heart. For an excruciating 38 days, his mother Chagit stayed by his hospital bed. Her 9 other children remained at home, awaiting their return. Then came the most frightening few minutes of Chagit’s life – the day that Refael went into cardiac arrest.
Doctors were miraculously able to revive the tiny child. Unfortunately, the medical team came to the Cohens with sobering news: Refael will need a heart transplant to live. Such a procedure can only be done outside of the country, and for a tremendous expense.
Chagit has, of course, refused to let a financial matter mean losing her child. The couple are doing all they can to raise the money they need to save Refael’s life, including opening a vulnerable public crowdfunding campaign. The campaign shows a touching video of adorable Refael, together with his mother’s plea.
It is a story that all parents can connect to – and it is Chagit’s dream that readers around the world will join her in saving this most precious life.