Elijah Thomas Farhat Obituary

Elijah Thomas Farhat (Eli, or E)   Image

Elijah Thomas was taken from his family on April 30, 2012 after only 12 short days of life. Elijah suffered from a congenital heart disease, Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome.  Due to many complications after procedures and surgery to help heal Eli’s broken heart, our baby boy died in the comfort of his parents arms. Elijah is survived by his loving parents Ronald and Tera (Parry) Farhat, brother Carter Vandlen, sisters Lexi Farhat, Paige and Ryan Mae Vandlen, grandparents Ronald and Patricia Farhat and Terry and Charlene Parry; great grandmothers Joyce Celentino and Ruth Helen Parry; uncles and aunts Chris and Cherri Farhat, cousin Christopher;  Alex and Wendy Coss, cousins Alexis, Tyler, Jacob and Anna; Matthew and Christie Parry, cousins Zach, Abby, Gavin, and Max; . Elijah was preceded in death by his sister Madison Farhat and we can only hope the babies are together in heaven. A private funeral is being held Thursday, May 3rd for the immediate family only.  The family is asking that donations be made in Elijah’s name to the Whole Heart Foundation, (wholehearts.org), at 7025 CR 46a Suite 1071 #116, Lake Mary, FL 32746, or to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1600 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI  48104. The Farhat family would love to give a special thank you to the Medical Staff at CS Mott Children’s Hospital for their spectacular care of Elijah and the love they showed to our family. You were Eli’s Angels. Also, thank you to everyone who followed Elijah’s story at Elijahfarhat.com. Your prayers, thoughts and hopes were not only felt by Ron and me, but also by Eli. “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The world gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought life to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it”– John 1 3-5. Elijah’s light will shine forever.


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17 responses to “Elijah Thomas Farhat Obituary

  1. stacy king estes

    We will see you again little angel. You’re up the with your sister happy and healthy. You will be missed Elijah. Say hi to my sweet babies Noah and Jayden.

  2. Shannon Vlasic

    What a beautiful obituary, Tera. Your love shines through. ❤

  3. Forever…..that it will! Peace to all –

  4. Elis sister Lex

    I am super sad

  5. Errin Liell

    Beautiful obituary and by all of the survivors listed it is clear this was one loved little boy. I will be praying that the comfort of the Lord would cover you all.

  6. I feel So bad for you Lexi I know how you feel I was really suprised to hear the news I hope I can make you feel better! P.S. this is Katya

  7. Sherrie Nunheimer

    Wonderful words for a wonderful baby boy. Elijah was on this earth for such a short time but he brought such hope, love and prayer to all of us. Praying for you all.
    Love Sherrie & Dale

  8. Carol Eastman

    Tera and family, Our hearts ache for all of you, all I can say is there is a reason for everything, someday we will know why.
    Love Gram
    Grandpa too

  9. Jodi Knipp

    I’m a friend of Laura Nott (Nunheimer) and precious little Eli’s story truly touched my heart. He’s so beautiful, and so loved. May our God in His infinite love, and wisdom heal the void that’s been left behind. May He restore all of you not just individually but as a family. When my mom died almost 13 years ago at 57 I knew her “job” in heaven would be rocking, and lovin on all the babies. Trust me when I tell you that besides God’s he’s in great hands!!! 😉 Please know how much you’re prayed for, loved, and thought about!

    Jodi Knipp

  10. Camie Kesler

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heart aches for you and your family. May you find peace in knowing your precious angel, baby Elijah, is with God our savior. Big hugs to you all!

  11. Melissa Lockwood

    Tara and family. You are all in our prayers here in WV. May God give you the strenght you need at this time. Love Melissa, Steve and family.

  12. Kim

    Where words fail…God does not. Many prayers to follow now and in the days to follow!

  13. Vicki Schroeder

    I continue to be amazed by this brave little man, you and your family I am so touched by all of you. I am drawn to this little boy and your family’s story and all the love and prayers here. God bless all of you, you are really special. Stay strong you are truly blessed and loved.

  14. Jody Francis

    Elijah has touched so many with his precious life. Thank you, Tera, for sharing Elijah’s story during these most difficult days.  We are grateful that you gave us all the opportunity to know and love your beautiful baby boy through your writing.  Praying for God’s comfort for your family. May he walk with you, especially tomorrow.
    Love, Jody & Jon

  15. Mary M

    Tera, your pain and tears will one day turn to joy and laughter. There is no rain without sunshine. May God’s eternal love be a guiding force in your healing from this great loss.

    Much Love, Mary

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