Omed's Heart Surgery


Helping Others While Waiting His Turn

Posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel
Omed and his mom were hoping they would get the news inviting them to the hospital this week, along with Alaa and Halo, but since that news has not come, they are waiting here at the house. Their attitude is good and their dispositions pleasant as they wait their turns. Omed was a big encourager yesterday when Halo got the news about his catheterization and became a little fearful. I can see the big brother role taking the forefront as the days go by and the children all interact with one another. Omed also has a good sense of humor, and is quite proficient at all things electronic. He helps his mom as much as needed with everything from phone calls to translation. I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Omed and his mother this evening, seeing pictures of some of Omed's nine siblings, and hearing about how well he is doing in school. Please pray that Omed's opportunity for surgery comes soon, and that his mother doesn't become discouraged waiting while the other children begin having their surgeries.

Surgery Will Not Be Complicated

Posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 00:00 by Justina
We were off early this morning to Wolfson for pre-admission testing and a final echocardiogram for the three new arrivals. The hospital staff was ready and waiting when we arrived and got down to business immediately. All three children underwent the usual battery of tests: blood pressure, urine sample, blood samples, x-rays and echocardiograms.
Omed's echo showed a very small opening in his heart between two chambers. The doctors explained that his surgery will not be too complicated; afterward he will be able to live a normal life with no limitations.

Omed Arrives In Jerusalem

Posted on Sun, 02/15/2009 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel
Today Omed and his mother arrived in Israel after a delay of a few days while we worked to finish some renovations in our Shevet center. Omed is a quiet boy so far who, like other 12-year-old boys, enjoyed playing games on his mom's cell phone as we made the journey from the border crossing up to Jerusalem. Once settled at the house, Omed took a few spins around the courtyard on a bicycle there. Meanwhile inside the house, while Alaa's mother prepared a big dinner for everyone, Omed's mother made calls to tell everyone she is here. After dinner Omed was determined to see why the television wouldn't play the DVD inside the player, so we called on Justin to assist in finding the problem.
Tomorrow, along with Halo and Alaa, Omed will go to Wolfson Hospital for his initial echocardiogram and examination in Israel. Let's pray together for peace for his mother as the process begins, and courage for Omed since he's old enough to have a good understanding of what lies ahead for him.