Today we picked up Omar and his mother at Erez Crossing Point and brought them to Sheba Medical Center.
Omar had an echo and an ECG today.
The doctor said that Omar is doing fine and that some of the medications he receives can be decreased soon. He will have to come back in about three month’s time. It’s always really great when Omar returns for follow-up and I can spend time with him and his mother.
Please thank the Lord that Omar is doing so good. We ask God to continue to bless him and his mother.
Omar doing well on follow-up
Today Ella and I were at the hospital for an echo with little Omar and his mother. He is a very cute and happy boy and it was really nice to spend the time with him and his mother at the hospital.
His condition is in general good and for now he has to continue with his medical treatment. In two months he has to come back for another check up.
After his appointment we brought him and his mother back to Gaza. Please pray that he is doing well during the time in Gaza and the next check up is going to be good too.
This morning, coworker Lilly and I picked Omar and his mother up from the Gaza border crossing and brought them to Sheba hospital for an ECG…
and an echo. This is Omar’s first follow up appointment since his two-month long hospitalization, and thanks be to God, his echo looks very good.
His cardiologist adjusted his medications slightly and asked to see him again in six weeks.
Today with Omar was extra special to me as I also brought him from Gaza for his echo in October, and then to the ER that night when his oxygen dropped and he was rushed into an emergency catheterization.
How far this sweet boy has come since then! His cardiologist remarked what a great recovery he has made. “For that,” she said, “I can say alhamdulillah!” (“Praise be to God!”) Knowing that Omar’s life hung in the balance just three months ago, it was especially poignant when his mother proudly announced to me that tomorrow is his birthday and he’ll be one year old.
Praise God for carrying this beautiful boy through so much to make it to this day!
The mother of Omar finally received the news she’s been waiting for, and was able to return to Gaza. For a week now the hospital had thought of discharging him so each day ended in disappointment. Thankfully today was the day! He had to go in to a small surgery to remove a PICC line, but after that he was ready to go. The nurses wanted a picture with him before he left, and I was able to capture the sweet moment. Join us in prayer that God’s hand would continue to be with this sweet little boy and his family.
Today I visited Omar and his very friendly mother at Sheba hospital. His mom was in a good mood and waved to me when I was in another room.
The reason for her joy might be that Omar had an echo today and the outcome was very good. The doctor told me there is only a little bit of blood clots still, but it has gotten better. Please pray that the next result will be even better with blood clots cleared.
At Sheba hospital today, Omar’s bed was moved from the ICU to the normal cardiac department as he is doing better.
Omar’s mother is very happy and understands that Omar is making good progress.
Please keep praying for this lovely boy and his mother, that he may continue to recover well and not suffer any more complications. won’t be any other complications.
Omar is on a good way of recovering. He was extubated successfully today at Sheba hospital. In the evening, they will try to feed him already.
Two other tubes were also removed today, so it would seem that Omar’s condition is getting better and better.
We are very happy about this news. The doctors also told us that they have to give little Omar more oxygen and medication than expected, but they have not had to increase the amount as yet. All in all the doctors are very happy with this development, especially after the last urgent cath.
Omar’s mom was very happy and proud of her son. Praise God for this development of Omar’s health.
“He is strong, right?”
Omar’s mum stood over his bed at Sheba hospital this afternoon as she be agreed this question. What a strong boy he is and what a God we have.
Today, surgeons removed the stent that had been placed there in Omar’s previous catheterization last winter. They also connected the large vein, which brings blood from the upper body to the heart directly to the pulmonary artery, where it will go to the lungs.
Given how unwell Omar was, we didn’t know what to expect from the surgery, but doctors were able to successfully complete the operation.
Please be praying for Omar’s recovery as it might be difficult, and for the coming days which are very important for him. Everything has happened so fast, from his oxygen being around 30 % at our community house on Sunday night, being intubated on Monday morning, a diagnostic cath same day, to the surgery today. It’s all been in rapid succession, so please keep his mother in your prayers as well. This has been unspeakably hard for her; she truly is a wonderful woman who is calm, intelligent, warm, and generous.
Late last night, Omar’s oxygen saturation levels dropped very low. Co-worker Alena and I rushed him to Sheba Hospital’s ER, where the doctors and nurses worked hard for several hours to stabilize him and find the source of the problem. He was admitted to the pediatric ICU and received blood transfusions, medication, and oxygen overnight in an attempt to raise his oxygen levels.
This morning, after the measures last night weren’t enough to keep his oxygen at a safe level, Omar was intubated and taken into an emergency diagnostic catheterization. The doctors still are not sure what caused this sudden change in his condition, and they plan to take him into surgery in the next few days.
This has been quite a difficult situation, especially for Omar’s mother, but one thing that stands out to me is the providence of God. We had originally planned to take Omar back to Gaza yesterday afternoon, and the fact that he was in Jaffa instead was due to a last-minute change of plans. What’s more, the decision to check his oxygen last night was spontaneous and difficult to explain—he appeared normal and healthy. But the doctor in the ER said it’s a good thing Alena checked, because if Omar hadn’t been taken to the ER last night, he could have died overnight. Thank God for his provision for this little boy.
Please pray for Omar’s health in the next few days, as his condition is still dangerous, and for his upcoming surgery. Additionally, please pray for his mother, as this situation is unexpected and extremely difficult for her.
Surgery planned for Tuesday
Today co-worker Bria and I went to the Erez check point to pick up Omar and his mother. Omar had an echo appointment at Sheba hospital. His mother was very sweet, and used some of the English she knew to talk with me.
After the echo and an ECG, the doctors decided they would like to have Omar in for a catheterization Tuesday. We then took him back to our home in Jaffa until he is admitted tomorrow afternoon.
We brought little Omar back to Sheba Hospital from the Gaza border crossing for a check-up today. It was so so good to be able to spend time with his mother, who has been our neighbour in the families’ apartment all week, but sadly whom I have hardly managed to be able to see, with so much going on here.
Omar’s mum is a really steady, pleasant and undemanding person, with a calm nature and is fun to spend time with. She told me about her family, especially showing me photos of her older boy Khalid who looks like her, and her husband who looks like Omar. This is a beautiful family, and I am so pleased that the outcome of today was that Omar could return to Gaza to be with them! He had spent his entire life in hospitals, and most of that has been at Sheba; with his father unable to visit him.
Omar’s echo looked good today. The doctor told me that he has one of the most complex anatomies (anomalies) they have seen. His anatomy means that it is not possible to put him on a heart bypass, meaning that it wouldn’t be possible to carry out an open-heart surgery. So Omar has had two stents placed in his pulmonary arteries, which are functioning well, helping him to live, thank God, in relatively good health at the moment.
After the doctor gave the news that Omar and she could return to her family in Gaza today, Omar’s mother squeaked in happiness and we shared a joyful hug, as she poured out thanks to God, to the hospital, to Shevet Achim, to me (?!), to all who have helped her, in particular to Berith, our co-worker in Jerusalem.
Beirith and Omar’s mum formed a special bond during their time in Jerusalem, which was cemented during the emotional event of Omar’s bleeding. Both of these ladies are dear to each other’s heart. It was a happy surprise that it worked out for Berith to be able to come to the hospital today, and then return with Omar back to Gaza. God truly goes before us and makes the plans in such great detail, reminding us of the gift of good friendship.
Please pray for the tiny boy Omar and his family!
A discharge to Gaza for Omar
Co-worker Carina and I arrived in the morning to Sheba and we went directly to Omar’s room. Omar’s mother was waiting for us inside, fully expecting to return to Gaza. Omar was sleeping peacefully in his bed.
A very patient, kind doctor came to the room and was kind to answer all our questions. After inquiring with the cardiologist, this doctor said that the next appointment must be a week from now. In practical terms, this means that Omar’s mother will have to continue to stay in the Shevet community house in Jaffa because it is not possible to arrange such fast travel permits. After we explained this to Omar’s mom she became very sad.
Sometimes staying in a hospital for a long time away from family is not an easy thing for them and she was sure she would return home to her family today. Carina tried to comfort her and offered her coffee and chocolate.
In the afternoon, we returned back to Jaffa in the rain. We were pleased to welcome Omar and his lovely mother back to our community home. We hope they will find ways to enjoy this time with us before they return to Gaza.
Thank you so much for all your prayers! The baby boy is blessed.
"Don't know the cause yet."
When I went to Sheba Medical Center today to visit little Omar and his lovely, calm mother, I didn’t know where I could find them at first. But as always, God knows what we need during the day even before we ask for it. As I was proceeding to visit some of the other Shevet children that are at the hospital, Omar’s mother came into my path! I didn’t even ask for this delightful surprize, but God provides everythibg in His perfect way. Therefore, with very little effort on my part, I easily found Omar’s mom who greeted me in such a friendly manner, went to her hospital room with her, and was able to visit her beloved son as well.
When we went into the room, some doctors where with Omar doing some tests or examinations on him. Of course he didn’t like that at all, but his mother took loving care of him to calm him down and it worked out quite well.
The doctors couldn’t tell me yet what caused his bleeding two nights ago, and when I asked Omar’s mother, she could omly repeat the words “don’t know the cause yet,” over and over again. This is a sentence she learned to say in English.
The doctors decided to keep little Omar in the hospital on a “normal” station (floor 5) in order to keep him under surveillance. I’m glad they know what to do and that we, as a Shevet community know that while we leave Omar in the hands of the medical staff, we ultimately trust him in God’s hands. There couldn’t be a better place for him.
Please lift the cute little four-week old Omar and his very patient and lovely mother in your prayers, and that the medical staff can figure out what was the cause for his bleeding.
What a brave mother Omar has
When Omar’s mother woke up this morning, she discovered that a big part of her precious little sons clothes were blood-soaked. I thank God for His peace, because I remained calm when I helped her to remove his clothes, not knowing what to expect. This was very traumatic for the poor mother, and all her body was shaking. Gently we turned him around, but we couldn’t find the source, not even when she cleaned his body with water. I felt that I should take pictures of his bloody clothes, and I’m glad I did. It would have been hard to explain the reality in words for the doctors.
At Sheba hospital, I felt so sorry for both the little baby and for his mother because it was very hard to find Omar’s small veins for the bloodtests. They made several tests on him in the hospital, and after hours of check-ups and waiting, they decided to hospitalize him for more tests. That was a huge relief for Omar’s mother and for me. I really hope they find the source, because no one should need to experience what this wonderful mother did today. I admire her strength, while going through such a rough day like this.
Please, lift up this beautiful little baby Omar and his family in prayer, and also all the medical staff in Sheba. They do a marvelous work with their small patients.
Little Omar had his Catheterization at Sheba Medical Centre today. Thank God, it went well. Our small boy is getting better, little by little.
Omar’s condition was considered good enough for him to be moved to the Secondary Pediatric ICU on Sheba Hospital’s fourth floor, which was a very good sign. Praise the Lord for his recovery.
And thank you so much also for all your prayers!
A big day for little Omar
When I went to Sheba Medical Center today, I didn’t know our little Omar was having a Catheterization procedure done. His very friendly mother came out of the surgery area, so I was able to spend some time with her. She was very calm and patiently waited throughout the duration of his Catheterization.
The waiting time was well spent. I was happy there was another mother with us that could help with some translation. They also could talk to each other which I was thankful for.
The Catheterization procedure was finished, and Omar’s mother was very happy. When I went to the Pediatric ICU where Omar is now, his mother was sitting next to his bed, crying silently. Thank God that the procedure was a success.
Your prayers for this lovely mother and her little son are much appreciated.
This morning doctors in Gaza sent us an urgent plea to help newborn Omar. Only surgery in Israel could spare his life due to his complex congenital heart defect. And thank God, with teamwork between our Gaza coordinator Amar and the Sheba Medical Center, by evening Omar was already safely in the ICU in Israel:
Doctors are now assessing Omar to see how they can help him.