A few hours before a man was due to donate a lobe of his liver to his
three-year-old nephew, Israel Transplant located a cadaver organ for the
toddler, it was announced on Thursday.
The deceased donor also supplied
kidneys to a four-year-old and a 15-year-old boy. All the operations were
performed at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
It was a
dramatic moment when the family members were told that the child, who suffered
from a metabolic disorder that caused liver failure, would get a cadaver organ
rather than part of a liver offered by his uncle. The operation was performed
early on Wednesday, and on Thursday, the toddler was in stable condition at
The two other children who received kidneys are recuperating
and in stable condition.
Zinav, the mother of Shahab, the liver
recipient, said that her brother agreed to give the lobe, but the transplant had
been postponed several times because the child developed a fever. When the fever
stopped and the transplant was scheduled, the uncle’s surgery to donate the lobe
“I am very grateful to the wonderful family that donated
the liver and send my sincere condolences,” she said.
The operations were
all performed by the Schneider/Rabin Medical Center transplant team, including
Prof. Eitan Mor, Dr. Michael Gurevitz, Dr. Sigal Eisner, Dr. Yvgeny Solomonov
and others. Transplant surgeon Prof. Raymond Reading of St. Luke Hospital in
Belgium also participated.
Schneider performs most organ transplant
operations in children in the country. Since it was founded in 1991, the Clalit
Health Services hospital has carried out over 400 transplants of hearts, lungs,
livers and kidneys in babies, young children and teens with high success rates
equal to those in the best centers in the world. It is only one of the few
children’s hospitals in the world able to cope with several children’s organ