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Doctor keeps promise to patient born with rare disorder, escorts him to first day of school

From left to right: Dr. Tami Laron-Kenet, Zohar Atar and Omer Atar speak to Channel 12, August 18, 2022 (screenshot)
From left to right: Dr. Tami Laron-Kenet, Zohar Atar and Omer Atar speak to Channel 12, August 18, 2022 (screenshot)

Channel 12 interviews Omer Atar, a boy starting the first grade, and his doctor, Tami Laron-Kenet. Omer was born with esophageal atresia, a rare disorder in which his esophagus was disconnected from his stomach. He had to undergo surgery when he was a day old, and numerous treatments over the years.

Laron-Kenet has been his doctor throughout the years. She promised the family when he was born that he would survive and she would be with him to start the first grade.

The family now lives in Amsterdam, and Leron-Kenet traveled there to keep her promise. She says she never made such a promise to a patient before, but she “really believed it.”

“Omer went through very difficult years,” his mother Zohar says, with Omer on her knees. She says the family continues to travel to Israel’s Schneider Medical Center for follow-ups. “He gave us a strength. He’s very strong and very optimistic and very happy.”

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