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Omar Hashem / About Me

Filmmaking student at Arizona State University 2021

Founder of SaudiDonors

Representative of GoldCam

Post Double Lungs Transplant Recipient Twice

(PTLD) Survivor

Best Speaker in Behance Jeddah 2016

Best Exhibitor in Behance Al-Khobar 2017

Participated in “Colors Of Saudi Arabia”, 2017

Won Two Silver Medals for Basketball and Tennis at The Transplant Games of America, 2018

Participated in Guinness World Record for Most Transplant Recipients Gathered at One Time

Omar Hashem

Producer, Writer, Director of Photography,  and Photographer.

I’m Omar Hashem a twenty-three years old guy. The only lonely child for his parents. I started my hobby which is photography when I was thirteen years old. I choose photography because I figured that it will open for me new opportunities in my life. For example, I can capture the happiness of every person, I can meet new people by volunteering as a photographer and finally, I can gain money out of it.

I developed my skills by volunteering and taking photos at events. Then, people started to appreciate what I’m doing. So, they began to pay me money for photography. Also, I worked for three summers just to upgrade my camera and lenses. So, I put a rule for my self that all the money that I’m going to get I will spend it on my hobby only.

When I was in the high school, I decided that I want to major in filmmaking. Sadly, my parents were against that. So, I went to KFUPM university to major in industrial engineering. Suddenly, after I finished the orientation year I got a rare disease in my lungs called PVOD. So, the doctors told me that I should do a Double Lungs Transplant within one year or I will pass away. In result, I did the surgery on August 20, 2016, at Duke Hospital in North Carolina.

In 2017 my parents and I decided that it’s time to return back to the college. But, this time they allowed me to study Film Making. So, I applied to ASU, and I got acceptance for fall 2018. After I arrived in AZ, I figured out that I got PTLD tumor but thank god I started chemotherapy, and now I’m free from it.

In 2019 my body decided to refuse the lungs and I went through something in called Chronic Rejection, that was in the fall semester of 2019. It was a hard journy and my situation was getting worse by everyday passes. Until the doctors decided that I’m in need of another transplant which I had on the 10th of Jan, 2020.

I don’t what will happen next but Im sure from what The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”.