The last writers of Omar’s blog were very enthusiastic about his pretty smile, but today he hasn’t a smile. Today he had his catheterization. The doctors wanted to examine exactly what they have to do in the big surgery.
The problem was however, he had a complication coming off the Anesthesia. He was not breathing well on his own at first. So they have to check again. Now he is stable and breathing well on his own.
The nurse said that he will probably go home tomorrow, and then get a scheduled appointment for surgery. So everything looks well for Omar, but this exhausting day would never be one of his favorites days in life.
Omar’s little smile is so beautiful, it was so comforting to hold him in my arms and to see him again. He is a precious child of God. His heart is so complex, and I am very thankful to God that he was able to be transferred to Israel for his first procedure soon after he was born. This time he is returning to Israel for a catheterization to assess if he is ready for a major surgery. He will need more procedures as he grows older.
Omar was at the Sheba hospital today for an Echo and to see if surgery was needed for his current condition. He did so well holding still for the nurse and was mostly cheerful for the whole time we were at the hospital. His appointment went very well, and shortly after we were able to schedule a surgery appointment for him.
We very much enjoyed Omar’s beautiful smile.
Written by Jana and Ruth
The goodness of God underpinned our long day with Omar. There were so many little prayers he answered. We were worried about how we were going to fit two carseats, two grandmothers and their bags all in the back of the car. However when we got there, everyone fitted perfectly. We also discovered the two grandmothers were already friends and were soon chatting away.
Omar’s grandma had such a beautiful spirit. She kept laughing and talking to us in arabic, even if we didn’t always understand what she was saying. Sometimes she would say “take him” and just hand you baby Omar – it made me smile. She took photos of both of us with him and showed Jana a lot of pictures of her family.
Omar was such a beautiful baby and his outfit was amazing. He was wearing an enormous, fluffy all-in-one thing and you could just see his little face staring back at you. One moment I will always remember is watching him fall asleep as Jana held him, singing “blessed be the name of the Lord”. It seemed so symbolic of our whole day. As we looked to God, our “strong tower”, he provided. It is my prayer that the grandma sensed God at work.
Omar’s echo was good, though it was difficult because none of the medical staff in the room spoke much arabic. Again, God provided. Amar translated everything from Hebrew to Arabic over the phone. I felt quite helpless to do anything myself. As I passed my phone between them, I was reminded of my complete reliance on God to provide everything.
written by Christiane Dopplinger
There are not enough words to express the joy of Omar’s grandmother when she heard that Omar was going to be discharged and she could go back to Gaza and all her family with a healthy baby.
Alena and I were excited to see Omar’s grandma again at the hospital, as we both really enjoyed our time with her at the end of last week. We found her and Omar in the secondary ICU which indicates that he is really improving, and the only tubes or cables attached to him were those monitoring his oxygen levels and taking his blood pressure. It was lovely to see.
Thank God for this lovely family, and we will pray that he continues to heal well.
I felt like today we really got to know Omar’s grandma a lot better. She joined us as we were sitting waiting for Gabi’s surgery and for Neena’s cath. She definitely helped Neena’s mum to feel more relaxed about being in the hospital, so much so that she said that she would like to go into the room next door to Omar.
We had a lot of fun together, chatting and joking about how we can’t understand each other’s languages so well. She also surprised us with a “merci!” as we left each other.
Omar also had a catheterisation today. It didn’t take too long, and it was nice to wait together as a big group. Especially with Frankie, who is also a grandma, volunteering with us this week.
They watched together as Omar was brought back into the ICU.
The cath was described to us later as “very successful”, which was good to hear! They were able to do an atrial septostomy, which means that they made a hole in between the two atria, which will hopefully be improving the level of oxygen in the blood which his body receives.
Thank God for the good results for Omar today, and for the beautiful spirit of his grandma.
Today was my first time meeting Omar and I must say underneath all the tubes and cables I could see a beautiful, small baby.
His grandma greeted us with many kisses as we entered his room. She was very happy to see us and told me to get closer to Omar’s bed, so I could hold his tiny hand. The three of us were standing around his bed and Denae and I started to pray for Omar’s life while stroking him softly. During the prayer I had the feeling that Omar calmed down and he enjoyed our prayers.
“You can pray for anything, and if you have faith you will receive it“ Mtt 21,22
Because we are able to pray whenever and wherever we want, we prayed for healing and blessing above his life. After a few minutes, a nurse came in and told me that he is doing good and they will try to extubate him as soon as he is awake. This news warmed my heart and I praised God for His action at all times.
Please join us and continue in prayer for little Omar.
Omar is 20 days old. He was immediately transferred to Sheba Medical Center only 3 days ago. Today a pulmonary artery banding procedure was performed on his small heart. The surgeon was pleased with the results, and the healthcare team will continue to monitor him for the next few days to evaluate the results of the surgery.
At the age of just 36 hours baby Omar had recurrent attacks of cyanosis, and doctors in Gaza had to connect him to a mechanical respirator to keep him alive. They reached out to the hospital in Israel for an emergent transfer to find surgical help for Omar’s complex congenital heart defects. And thank God, the Sheba Medical Center went the extra mile to receive him into their ICU on a Friday evening, and they will prepare him for surgery next week.