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
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.
graduated this year  from
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
said he is not sure what he wants to do. He would like to go to school at
the stroke, Omar used to help his father a mechanic who has his own repair shop
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.
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
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
If this story has touched you or if you felt something in any way please feel free to Contact Pastor Cornelio Vasquez at:
One Way Road To Heaven Ministries
1910 E. Miller St.
Donna, Texas 78537