Nazareth man’s sister gets his kidney by chance

55-year-old Gamal Haja, who suffered a severe stroke at Emek Medical Center in Afula, registered as potential organ donor with ADI-Israel Transplant.

October 11, 2010 06:19
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Gamal Haja

Gamal Haja 58. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Gamal Haja, a 55-year-old Nazareth resident who suffered a severe stroke at Emek Medical Center in Afula last week, had registered as a potential organ donor with ADI-Israel Transplant. When he suffered lower-brain death, his family asked to donate suitable organs.

One of his kidneys went to his 52-year-old sister, who was on the waiting list and who was chosen by Israel Transplant’s computer because she was most suited to it and not because she had been jumped ahead in the queue.

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Her brother’s liver was transplanted into a woman at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and the other kidney into a man at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva, whose surgical team also performed the transplant for Haja’s sister.

All of his family had registered with ADI when the sister was put on the waiting list some five years ago. The number of Muslims like Haja who register as potential organ donors is relatively low.

“I am consoled by the good deed we did,” said his brother Tawfiq on Sunday. “If I can contribute... why not do it?”

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