Omar's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Omar Admitted to Hospital

Posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 07:50 by Alex_Pettett

Part of the miracle of Omars healing came first in dealing with getting him admitted. After we arrived at the hospital, Omars admittance was refused until payment was in hand. Though many are excited to see this work succeed, administrators still need their due. Haifa Pastor Philip Saad (pictured above with Omar and Omar's mother) was on hand to help me negotiate the maze of desks and accountants whose rubber stamps were so vital.

Two hours later we came back to congratulate the anxious mother of Omar for the admittance of her son. Blood tests and a battery of questions began immediately.

Between Arabic and Kurdish, Pastor Philip and Omar's mother had some trouble communicating. So, Baby Sam's mother lent a hand.

Omar, 3 Others to Arrive In Israel Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 23:46 by Dirk_Kleinloh

Omar is a quiet little three-year-old boy, weak but in good condition for surgery. His heart defect is called Tetralogy of Fallot, meaning he has both a hole between the ventricles of his heart as well as a narrowing of an artery. He and his mother are simple village people from the north of Iraq. We were glad that his mother had some time to relax here in Jordan, as she was very tense and seemed overworked when she arrived. Now she is much more relaxed.

Tomorrow Omar and three other Iraqi patients are due to cross the Jordan river to enter Israel, in preparation for heart treatment at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. My family and I have enjoyed hosting them at our home here in Jordan while they've been waiting.

Our staff in Israel will update this page with more details after Omar's arrival tomorrow.

Chicken Pox Delays Omar's Surgery

Posted on Sat, 05/19/2007 - 07:50 by Philip_Saa
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Chicken Pox Delays Omar's Surgery

This morning the doctor discovered that Omar has developed chicken pox (possibly caught from the children of Dirk, our coordinator in Jordan!). Immediately he was under medication and was taken to an isolation room away from other children. He is alright, but his surgery has been postponed for a few days. Let us keep praying for him and his mother.

The Battle Has Begun

Posted on Sun, 05/13/2007 - 07:50 by Alex_Pettett
June 13, 2007

The Battle Has Begun

A sleepy Omar crossed the border into Israel last night at 9:38 PM. His arrival represents the second wave of the new work begun in Haifa known as the Confrontation at Carmel Campaign. Omars advent is fulfilling the vision of Shevet Achim to see all of Israel combat prejudice and hatred with healing and hope. This morning Omar began his first blood tests at Rambam hospital. The battle for healing begins . . .