Eye cancer: “A heart for children” supports cancer patient Omar (4) | life and knowledge

Awake, Omar (4) frolics around the playground with his teddy bear.

“It’s so nice to see him so happy,” says his cousin Nerges Barosh (26).

Because: Omar suffers from a malignant, incurable eye tumor that caused him incredible pain for a long time.

Doctors in Iraq could not help

In late 2020, Mama Haveen (32) noticed that Omar’s right eye was turning white and swollen. But in their home country of Zakho (Iraq), the doctors cannot help the little boy: “They didn’t know what he had. Just prescribed him headache pills.”

A malignant tumor is growing in his little body. Omar cries and screams in pain for months. “I cried on the phone because I felt so sorry for him,” says Nerges Barosh.

Cousin Nerges Barosh (26) with little Omar: She collects donations for Omar’s treatment, shares his fate Instagram (@cancer_fighter_omar)

Photo: Tim Foltin

Together with the association “Yafes Kinderkrebshilfe e.V.”, the family collects donations for treatment and stay in Germany, because the doctors estimate the therapy costs at around 300,000 euros.

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Omar’s cancer can no longer be cured

When Omar was admitted to the children’s clinic at the University Hospital in Essen with his mother in April, he bled from the eye. Diagnosis: advanced retinoblastoma, that is, a malignant eye cancer.

Prof. Dirk Reinhardt, director of the children’s clinic, about BILD: “In Germany, the disease in children is usually detected early and can then be treated very well. Omar’s disease is already very advanced. The cancer cells have spread to the cerebrospinal fluid and the spinal cord.”

Omar loves cars: During his therapy breaks, he can frolic in the garden

Omar loves cars: During his therapy breaks, he can frolic in the garden

Photo: Tim Foltin

Omar can no longer be healed. No one knows how long his little body can fight the malignant cells. Nerges Barosh on BILD: “It is terrible that children like Omar lose their lives just because she was born somewhere else.” Iraq has one of the highest childhood cancer rates in the world, but there are hardly any therapies there.

New zest for life for the little fighter

In order for the little boy to be able to live without pain for as long as possible, he will receive chemotherapy, and radiation and surgery may also be considered. The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports Omar’s treatment.

Omar can laugh again: Thanks to the treatment at the university hospital in Essen, the little boy is no longer in pain.  The tumor on the eye has retreated

Omar can laugh again: Thanks to the treatment at the university hospital in Essen, the little boy is no longer in pain. The tumor on the eye has retreated

Photo: Tim Foltin

Because: Although the therapy can no longer save little Omar, it has given him courage and a pain-free life back! “Since then, the tumor has clearly regressed. Omar is finally out of pain and can smile again,” says Nerges Barosh.

The BILD aid organization

The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports children with cancer all over the world

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Here’s how you can help

In Germany, over 80 percent of childhood cancers can be cured. But not everywhere in the world are there cost-saving treatments for the little patients. That is why the BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” is doing everything in its power to ensure that children like Omar have access to cancer treatments.

The association also supports major cancer studies at the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center in Heidelberg and Charité in Berlin, which offer seriously ill children the opportunity for new drugs and treatments.

Please donate online at www.ehfk.de or at www.paypal.me/einherzfuerkinder

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