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    The Following Article which was published on the 1998 July 22 edition of The Monitors Mid-Valley Neighbors Newspaper, details with The Reason this church exists today and why Many People have given their hearts to the lord and are saved. I ask you to please take time out of your schedule and read this article.


            Against All Odds

Young stroke

victim graduates

with his class

By Lucy Hood    


Donna- Omar Vasquez suffered a severe stroke at the age of 14, and doctors predicted the young teen would not survive, and if he did, he would be the mental equivalent of an infant for the rest of his life.

            Omar graduated this year [1998] from Donna High School . He even finished with his class, despite losing a year of school when he had the stroke.

            On Oct 29, 1994 , Omar was at the home of his grand mother and his Great-grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. His grandmother had gone out to run an errand, leaving him in charge of watching his great-grandmother.

            It was sometime during that brief interval of about 45 minutes that Omar remembered vomiting and looking for a towel before he blacked out. His next recollection was of Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi .

            He never knew of the agony that transpired while he was hospitalized for five days at Knapp Medical Center, where doctors predicted he would not  survive, if he did live, they said he’d never walk again, he’d never be able to get a driver’s license, he’d never be able to take care of himself.


            “The CAT scan showed his brain was getting worse,” said his mother, Cindy Vasquez. Liquid was accumulating in his brain, and doctors feared the worst thy asked the family to sign papers authorizing the removal of life support machines if he did become brain-dead.


            Cindy Vasquez and her husband Cornelio who used to have a different lifestyle listened to relatives who told them to put their faith in God.


            “We used to drink a lot and party a lot,” Cornelio Vasquez said.


            The Vasquez promised to abandon their former way of life, if God would save their son.  “We gave our hearts to the lord that night,” Cindy Vasquez said. They held a group prayer outside of Omar’s room. About 50 People – friends, relatives and complete strangers gathered to pray, she said.

            The following day, Omar began to come out of his coma. He opened his eyes. It was early in the morning on Nov 3. That same day he was flown to Corpus Christi .

            As he came out of the coma, he had the mental capacity of a preschool child. Doctors would place cups, pens and other items in front of him, and ask him to pick them up. He couldn’t do it.  He could pick up something, but if they asked him to pick up the cup he was likely to pick up the pen. Cornelio Vasquez said.

            Omar did, however, respond to a musical angel. His father had bought the angel, took it to the hospital and asked Omar to turn it on, and Omar did. “That meant he wasn’t bad off. He knew what was going on,” Cornelio said.


            Recovery was difficult. Omar had lost the use of the right side of his body. He was confined to a wheelchair. His mother recalled that he didn’t want to leave Corpus Christi and come home, where his friends and relatives would see him in such a state.


Yet, since then, a combination of therapy and determination have led to an almost normal life.  Omar can walk; he now has a driver’s license, he talks fine and comprehends everything that going on around him.


            He still doesn’t have the use of his right hand but he shakes hands with his left. His right foot is not as flexible as his left and sometimes causes him to limp, but he’s come a long way from death’s door step.


            Omar said he is not sure what he wants to do. He would like to go to school at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen and study the computer technology now used by mechanics to fix cars.


            Before the stroke, Omar used to help his father a mechanic who has his own repair shop in Donna.


            Also, before the stroke Omar spent much less time with parents. His mother remembered how she and her husband would dispatch the children to their grandmother’s house every weekend. It was party time.


            Life is different now for the vasquez family, but they say their conversion to Christianity has not been easy. They frequently are teased or criticized for their seemingly zealous devotion. “It’s not an easy road, but it’s a good road,” Cornelio said.


  Another difficult road for the family has been Omar’s recovery. As Cindy Vasquez recalled the events that took Place four years ago, tears flowed easily. While she talked about the recovery process, the changes in their lives, the fact that many of his friends drifted away because they didn’t understand, Omar sat on a sofa and looked away through the living room window


            As his mother talked, a tear flowed from his eye and down his cheek saying more about what he’d been through than a thousand words would ever do.

This is a partial picture of the front-page article in the newspaper

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