(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The family of a 17-year-old girl who was killed in an accident agreed to donate
her organs, saving the lives of six people on Monday.
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The girl, Stav
Schwartz, was the sixth youth to be killed in an accident in the last week,
making it one of the deadliest beginnings of the school vacation in
Last year, 50 youths were killed in accidental deaths from fires
and drownings to choking, falls and road accidents during the whole summer
vacation – and the elementary schools have not closed for the summer
Transplant coordinator Esti Katz of the Rambam Hospital in Haifa
said that the Schwartz family was “very noble, agreeing to give Stav’s organs
while in the throes of their pain and shock over her death. They have left a
living memorial for their daughter,” she said.
Dvora Sherer, of Israel
Transplant, said that the center has recently seen an increase of families
willing to donate organs and save the lives of the sick. She said the number of
people willing to sign ADI donor cards is also rising.
family said they had consolation in the fact that lives were saved, and felt
their daughter lived on in others.
For more information about donor cards
visit the website at www.health.gov.il/transplant/.