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Within 24 hours at the end of last week, 11 people were given a new chance at
life after three families agreed that their loved ones’ organs be donated for
transplant, Israel Transplant reported on Sunday.
Tel Aviv Sourasky
Medical Center received two donations from people aged 65 and 68, who died after
strokes. At Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, a donation came from
39-year-old Eitan Davis of Yavneh, who suffered brain death from a complication
All three were holders of ADI/Israel Transplant donor
Michal Lugasi, the transplant coordinator at Sourasky and Miri
Leventhal, her counterpart at Assaf Harofeh, said that the families of the
donors were all “noble people” who made the humane decision during the worst of
tragedies. By carrying the card, they all willed life to desperate people, they
Israel Transplant coordinator Tamar Ashkenazi said that harvesting
more than one donation in 24 hours requires special logistics in surgical
theaters, blood centers, labs, intensive care units and more. Numerous medical
teams are ready to remove the organs, preserve and transplant them immediately
once permission is obtained. Israel Transplant chairman Prof. Rafael Beyar was
also personally involved in the coordination effort, she said.
57-year-old man received a heart at the Rabin Medical Center- Beilinson Campus;
the recipient had been due to receive a temporary artificial heart two days
later. A 59-year-old woman received a lung and a 29- year-old man with cystic
fibrosis received two lungs that saved his life.
A 56-year-old man and a
58-year-old woman received livers; a 61-yearold woman and a 64-yearold man each
received a kidney.
At Sourasky, a 57-year-old man received a liver, while
at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva, a six-year-old girl
received a lobe of a liver.
Hadassah University Medical Center in
Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem transplanted a kidney in a 33-year-old man. Rambam Medical
Center in Haifa gave a 49-year-old man a kidney.