Dec 31, 2012
Israelis treat Obama's Grandmother
Archive photo by Yisrael Bardugo

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother underwent emergency eye surgery by a team of Israeli doctors.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Israel Bardugo

U.S. President Barack Obama's step-grandmother underwent emergency eye surgery in an Israeli-run hospital in Equatorial Guinea last week, Adiv Sterman reports in Times of Israel:.

Sarah Onyango Obama, the president's father's third wife, lives in the remote Kenyan village of Nyang'oma Kogelo and suffered from an unspecified optical ailment, the website said.

Guinean Health Minister Tomas Mecheba Fernandez escorted the First Step-Grandmother to the hospital in advance of her surgery by a team of Israeli doctors.

The procedure was successful and Obama is making a full recovery, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday.

"All of Africa is talking about your hospital and of the fact that you don't need to fly to Europe to get medical treatment," said an enthusiastic Sarah Obama following her operation.

As reported on, the hospital was inagurated in November 2011 with Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Central Africa, placing mezuzas on its doors.

The hospital, founded by Israeli entrepreneurs Yardena Ovadya and Ariyeh Horesh, provides medical treatment for underprivileged residents of Equatorial Guinea and other neighboring countries.

Rabbi Bentolila praised the 100 member staff and the medical assistance that is given at the hospital, blessing that the healing angel Refael will be with the doctors and nurses.

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if its obamas fathers wife, how is it his step-grandmother?
(12/31/2012 5:18:21 PM)
Wouldn't that be his Step- Mother?
(12/31/2012 5:22:36 PM)
Maybe they can give her truth serum and find out if he's really American born.
(12/31/2012 5:58:33 PM)
Yossy H
Cool story and of course the international media forgets to run stories such as this. As to the fact that she's Obama Relatives well sadly he's proven not to care about his less fortunate relatives in the past.....
(12/31/2012 6:10:07 PM)
Go Rabbi Bentulila your the best!
(12/31/2012 6:42:08 PM)
This is truly amazing.
Rabbi Bentolita has been doing unbelievable kiruv work in Africa for many years.... he is a pride and joy to the Rebbe... there's also a guy who lives in Crown Heights, I will not mention his name, who helped out year after year for Pesach and High Holydays for the rabbi and should be praised highly also... Yasher Koach to everyone. Let the world see how Chabad and the Rebbe has penetrated into this remote part of the world.
(12/31/2012 7:24:57 PM)
I think
I read somewhere that Barak father's last wife was Jewish and they had two kids, its in the biography on the presidents father
can that be confirmed?
(12/31/2012 7:40:31 PM)
You are poshut such a racist. Just because he looks different than you means he isnt american?? Ppl like u make me scared to live n the shchune!!!
(12/31/2012 7:46:42 PM)
see us in better light
perhaps it will open their eyes and "see us" in a different light....
(12/31/2012 8:18:28 PM)
to 3
too late now! he's in for another term :(
(12/31/2012 8:43:24 PM)
Is Barak Obama
aware of this kind act by an Israeli medical team?
(12/31/2012 9:57:38 PM)
Not a charity case
Send the bill to the White House.
(12/31/2012 10:12:26 PM)
Agree with #2 sounds like his step mother twice ( or 3 ) times removed
(12/31/2012 11:14:48 PM)
shkoyach Rabbi Bento!
(1/1/2013 1:34:43 AM)
To 8
Nothing about not showing a birth certificate, and being born to Kenyan parents, has to do with racism.
(1/1/2013 1:41:19 AM)
to number 8
how is it not racism of you, to be scared to live in a community on account of one comment? how do you know where he is from? to tell you the truth I feel the term racism gets thrown around so easily I don't blame you.
(1/1/2013 10:47:30 AM)
To #8
Are you clueless about the controversy? He's certainly not lovin' America, duh!
(1/1/2013 3:43:40 PM)
all very nice but....
charity starts at home israelis
(1/1/2013 5:03:58 PM)
Y'sher Koach to Chananya
That is the helper that HaRov Bentolito hired year after year my friends.. These are the true shlichim of the Rebbe in Kenya.
(1/2/2013 9:00:19 AM)
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