(photo credit: Avi Hayoun)
A record number of 35 lifesaving organs were transplanted into 27 patients in
the past week, according to Israel Transplant – which noted that the number of
organs donated during such a short time is unprecedented.
Emek Medical Center in Afula; Rambam Medical Center in Haifa; Rabin Medical
Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva; Schneider Children’s Medical Center in
Petah Tikva; Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; Hadassah University Medical
Center in Jerusalem; Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer; Soroka University
Medical Center in Beersheba; and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot worked around
the clock to remove the organs from deceased donors and transplant them into
Also contributing to the effort were hospitals’ blood banks,
intensive-care units, imaging centers, pathology and tissue-typing labs, cardiac
departments, catheterization labs and managements.
Transplant matched the donor organs, they were rushed on ice to the transplant
centers where the surgical teams were ready.
Seventy percent of all organ
transplants are done at Beilinson.
Four heart transplants were performed
at Rabin, Schneider and Sheba; seven lung operations (some with two lobes, and
some with one) were carried out at Beilinson; five livers were transplanted at
Beilinson and Sourasky; an entire liver, liver lobe and kidney were transplanted
at Schneider; kidney and pancreas transplants were performed at Hadassah
University Medical Center and at Beilinson; and kidneys were transplanted at
Rambam, Beilinson, Sourasky and Schneider.
Of all the organs, five were
given to children and teenagers.
On Friday, a first-ever day to collect
new potential organ donors via the ADI Organ Donors Organization and Israel
Transplant (as well as a blood drive for Magen David Adom), will be held around
the country, with help from students at the four medical schools. Please call
*6262 for more information.