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.
Grandma was so excited that she even forgot her important handbag in the car – so we had to turn and bring the bag into the main building at the border only to be greeted by a screaming little Omar who was just very hungry. We hope and pray for a happy reunion with all the family, especially with his mum who is now able to get to know her lovely son.
We pray that he will grow to be a healthy young man despite a difficult environment. And we pray for the Lord’s love, His peace and His protection over the life of Omar. And may Omar and his family get to know our Lord Jesus Christ.
Waiting just a little longer...
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.
She was looking particularly nice today in her Burberry hijab, and joked with us again saying “merci”, before confirming that she is actually Palestinian, not French.
As soon as she found out Ahmed was going home, she tried to convince us to take her and Omar back to Gaza as well! The nurse was happy to tell us that Omar is doing very well, but he’s not ready to leave the hospital yet. Perhaps tomorrow, or the day after. So, in a very good nature, the grandma is happy to wait.
Thank God for this lovely family, and we will pray that he continues to heal well.
A sweet day with Omar's grandma
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.
Little steps for a little baby....
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.
After spending a little bit more time with Grandma and Omar we went on to another child, still hoping for Omar to wake up.
Georgia visited him a little bit later and then she could see how Omar is reacting to his grandma‘s voice by flattering his eyes. It is always so heartwarming to see and hear how the family talks to the baby. There is so much love in their words and I believe that this love is helping especially Omar today to wake up and to fight his sickness.
Let us pray for unending love for Omar and his grandma, that this love can give him strength for the extubation. We know this deep love only comes from God and my prayer is that Omar’s Grandma can experience this love through us.
Emergency transfer to Israel as Sabbath starts
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.