Seeking help in Israel over the holidays

One-month-old Omar’s young parents to the doctor in Gaza when they noticed he was blue. On echo it was discovered that Omar has a severe, life-threatening heart defect, described in his medical report as a “mostly-interrupted aortic arch,” which left his oxygen saturation at only 60% of normal.

There is no hope of treating such a defect in Gaza, so his cardiologist turned to us, and we turned to Israel’s largest hospital, the Shebe Medical Center. Thank God, they agreed to accept Omar, and he arrived today in an ICU ambulance.

He’s in good and caring hands now, and even though we’re entering the high holidays in Israel, we’ve seen so many times that if a life is at stake Israeli doctors will give up their holidays in order to save a life.