Omar's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Out of ICU

Posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 07:50 by Lee_Liang_Chian

Omar's recovery has been speedy from Day One after the surgery. The doctors even say that it's much better than what they had expected. To Um Omar's relief, Omar was transferred from the ICU today to the same ward as Baby Sam. Now the moms have each other for company, besides the many daily visitors from the Arab congregation who have been visiting our Iraqi patients and their moms at Rambam.

But the excitement around seemed to have affected Omar somewhat, for he appeared very listless, even a little fretful when we met him.

This contrasts with his cheerful countenance last night in the ICU, where I found him happily chomping away on Bamba (peanut-butter flavoured puffs) and even some pistachio nuts! He grinned contentedly when I gave him a motion-activated light-ball and his mom bobbed it continuously to entertain him.

Today, while waiting for his bed to be assigned, Younis and his mom also dropped by to see Omar. The rosy glow on Omar's cheeks gave Um Younis much hope for her own child. The camaraderie amongst the Iraqis is simply wonderful, but do pray that the children will get adequate rest, as they need some quietness around them in order to sleep peacefully.

Omar Has Pneumonia

Posted on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 07:50 by Lee_Liang_Chian

Omar developed pneumonia two days ago, and has been hooked up to a mechanical ventilator since then. This is to help him with his breathing, and Dr. Khoury told me that it may be removed tomorrow as his condition improves. Such post-operation reactions are quite expected. The operation itself has been very successful, the doctor assured us. Omar's mother is comforted to see her sons complexion turning a healthy pink as his hearts proper functions are being restored.

There is nothing much left to be done, except to let nature takes its course and to ask God Almighty to bless Omar with complete healing and abundant life. And this is what our gentle giant Simantov did, when he drove all the way from Jerusalem today with his wife Linda to visit the Iraqi children now at Rambam.

Omar Back on Respirator

Posted on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 07:50 by Philip_Saa

Today Omar asked for water: Aawaawaaw in Kurdish. He was reconnected to the oxygen device because of some liquid in his lungs. The doctors hope that in 24-48 hours his lungs will be clean again and he will be breathing again on his own.

Please pray with us for Omar and for his mother, who was in a good spirit today. Again we give thanks to the Lord for our church people; they are showering the Iraqis with the love of the Lord and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.

Surgery Successful Beyond Expectations

Posted on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 07:50 by Philip_Saa
Wednesday Night, July 4, 2007
Surgery Successful Beyond Expectations

Omar was taken to the surgery room at about 7:30 am, at 8:30 all preparation was done. His mother and I were there when he finished talking by phone with his father and uncle, then they gave him the anesthesia, and then he was taken to the surgery area and his mother burst out in silent crying. I took her outside. As we were waiting at the waiting room (Omar's mother pictured above, second from right), a nurse came out every hour to inform us about Omar's condition. Meanwhile I took out my Bible and asked Um Omar to read Psalm 34 and John 14:13-14. She did and we both started praying. Violet, my wife, and Um Ameer, a prayer warrior from the church, came with some food and drinks for Um Omar.

In less than 3 and half hours, much less than the doctors estimated Omar was out of the surgery room and was immediately transferred to the ICU. Um Omar and I went there and met the surgeon, Dr. Bar El, at the ICU. He told us that the surgery was successful. It went exactly according to the plan.

A few hours later we went back to check on Omar and his mother; Omar was already out of the oxygen device breathing on his own, and crying and saying, "I'm thirsty!". His mother was so happy and thankful to the Lord and to the doctors. Omar has lost his blue color and is becoming pink. His doctors hope that Omar will recover fast and will soon be taken to the regular children's section where he will stay another 7-10 days.

Omar Will Have Surgery Today

Posted on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 07:50 by Pastor_Philip_Saad
Wednesday Morning, July 4, 2007
Omar Will Have Surgery Today

My wife Violet, our daughter Sharon and I were just visiting Omar and his mother, and Sam and his mother too. We wanted to make sure that everything is alright with Omar and his mother prior to the surgery.


Omar was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago, but he was taken back to the apartment because of the chicken pox he developed. Tuesday morning Omar was taken to Rambam Hospital to get ready for his surgery, which will take place this morning around 7:30 a.m. Omar arrived to Haifa blue due to the tetralogy of Fallot disease which he has. In other words, Omar has a big hole between the ventricles, and many levels of obstruction from the right ventricle to the lungs, plus other defects. Omar must go through a repairing surgery in order to grow normally.


Omar is optimistic but as you see in the picture, his mother is a little bit concerned. We laid hands on him, prayed for a successful surgery and for peace and faith in the heart of Um Omar. Today several people will be with Omar's mother as she will be waiting for reports from the operating room. Please join us as we trust in Dr. Jesus' healing power, and as we pray for faith and peace in the mothers heart.

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Outings for Omar

Posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 07:50 by Lee_Liang_Chian
June 28, 2007

Outings for Omar

I arrived at the Haifa apartment late last night, and Omar and his mum were already fast asleep. This morning, I gave Um Omar a foldable paper magic flower and she was delighted to show it to Omar the moment he opened his eyes.



Later in the day, Pastor Philip brought both of them over to his apartment for a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by his wife Violet who, together with a group of ladies from their Arab congregation, had rostered themselves to visit with the Iraqi families at Rambam every day of the week.



Both mother and son got to dress up for the lunch appointment, and thereafter for a drive to Aker (Akko), a historical seaside town whose strong walls prevented the French leader Napoleon from conquering it.

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Omar Over Chicken Pox, Waiting Outside Hospital

Posted on Mon, 06/25/2007 - 07:50 by Pastor_Philip_Saad
Monday, June 25, 2007
Omar Over Chicken Pox, Waiting Outside Hospital

Omar has recovered from the unexpected chicken pox. The surgeon who is supposed to do his heart surgery is abroad, so they have asked me today to take him back to the apartment we've rented for visiting families. Dr. Khoury will let me know when should I bring Omar back to the hospital for the surgery. Please pray also for Omar's mother who misses her family.

Again I want to thank the Lord for the opportunity He has given us to minister to these precious people. I am also thankful for the loving response of our church people toward them. It is really amazing what God is doing through us in the hospital and the response of the doctors, the staff, and the other patients' families to our ministry. Please pray for me and for our church as we try to show these people the love of God in a practical way; it is a privilege to be used by God to draw together the children of Ishmael and the children of Isaac in unity.


Omar In Isolation

Posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 07:50 by Simantov_Allalouf
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Omar In Isolation

Omar and His Mother, with LC (short-term volunteer from Singapore)

Omar was still a happy, giggly little kid today despite his coming down with chicken pox. Because of the chicken pox, his surgery which was scheduled for yesterday (Wednesday, June 20) has been postponed until he is fully recovered. But for the meantime Omar will remain in hospital, in an isolated kind of environment since he is contagious at present. Sunday he is scheduled for another examination and, pending the outcome, will be rescheduled for surgery next week.

Resting Before Surgery

Posted on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 07:50 by Fred_Hambert
Monday, June 18, 2007
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When I arrived at the hospital to visit Omar today, he was snoozing on his bed. His Mom also got a chance to rest while several girls from Pastor Philip's congregation watched over Omar. Later, Omar woke up and I gave him a Mickey Mouse watch, which he liked a lot. Omar's mother is in good spirits too.

Omar Catheterized; To Surgery Wednesday

Posted on Sun, 06/17/2007 - 07:50 by Alex_Pettett
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Omar Catheterized; To Surgery Wednesday

As you may know Omar (3 years old) was admitted to the hospital on Thursday morning, and he had his blood tests already. Right now he is at the zintor (catheterization lab); he will be taken back to the children's department after a while. On Wednesday he will go through his heart surgery.

Please keep Omar in your prayers, pray also for his mother, who does not speak Arabic well. I want to thank God, the creator of all, for the doctors and the staff at Rambam, and for our church people who are showing and sharing their love with the Iraqis in a very practical way.