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

Wake up, Omar (4 years old) is walking around the playground with his teddy bear.

“It’s great to see him so happy,” says his cousin Nargis Baruch, 26.

Because: Omar suffers from a malignant and incurable tumor in his eye that has caused him incredible pain for a long time.

Doctors in Iraq couldn’t help

In late 2020, Mama Henin, 32, noticed that Omar’s right eye was turning white and swollen. But in their homeland Zakho (Iraq), doctors can not help the little boy: “They didn’t know what he had. Only headache pills were prescribed to him.”

A malignant tumor grows in his little body. Omar has been crying and screaming in pain for months. “I cried on the phone because I felt so sorry for him,” Nargis Baruch says.

Cousin Narges Baroush (26 years old) with Omar al-Saghir: collecting donations for Omar’s treatment and sharing his fate Instagram (@cancer_fighter_omar)

Photo: Tim Folten

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

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Omar’s cancer can no longer be cured

When Omar walked into the pediatric clinic at Essen University Hospital with his mother in April, his eye was bleeding. Diagnosis: advanced retinoblastoma, that is, a malignant eye cancer.

Prof. Dirk Reinhardt, Director of the Children’s Clinic at BILD: “In Germany, the disease in children is usually detected early and can then be treated very well. The disease is of a very advanced age already. Cancer cells have spread to the cerebrospinal fluid and spinal cord.”

Omar loves cars: in his medical breaks he can have fun in the garden

Omar loves cars: in his medical breaks he can have fun in the garden

Photo: Tim Folten

Omar can no longer be cured. No one knows how long his little body can fight off the malignant cells. Nargis Baruch on Bild: “It is horrible that children like her age lose their lives just because they were born somewhere else.” Iraq has the highest rates of childhood cancer in the world, but there are no treatments there.

New life fun for little fighter

In order for a young child to live without pain for as long as possible, he receives chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and surgery can also come. BILD’s relief organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports Omar’s treatment.

Omer can laugh again: thanks to treatment at the University Hospital Essen, the little boy is no longer in pain.  The tumor in the eye has receded

Omer can laugh again: thanks to treatment at the University Hospital Essen, the little boy is no longer in pain. The tumor in the eye has receded

Photo: Tim Folten

Because: Although the treatment no longer saved little Omar, it brought him back to courage and a pain-free life! Since then, the tumor has visibly regressed. Omar is finally out of pain and can smile again,” Nargis Barosh says.

Supports BILD

BILD “Ein Herz für Kinder” supports children with cancer around the world

Photo: BUILD

Here’s how you can help

In Germany, more than 80 percent of childhood cancers can be cured. But not everywhere in the world there are conservative treatments for young patients. That’s why BILD’s aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” does everything in its power to ensure that children like Omar have access to cancer treatments.

The association also supports large-scale cancer studies at the Hopp Children’s Center for Childhood Cancer in Heidelberg and Charité in Berlin, which provide critically ill children with an opportunity for new drugs and treatments.

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

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