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.
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.
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 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.
Our little Omar is now threeweeks and three days old. When I look at him I can’t believe that every human was as small as this tiny little boy is, once in their lifetime. It’s so hard to imagine.
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!
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: