Five bereaved families say ‘yes’ to organ donation, save 16

One family that agreed to donate was that of Robert Fainaru, a 60-year-old father of three and grandfather of a two-year-old.

April 23, 2010 04:15
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Robert Fainaru.

robert fainaru 311. (photo credit: Israel Transplant)


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Sixteen people aged 23 to 65 have received lifesaving organs from five deceased donors during the last five days, according to Israel Transplant.

The organs consisted of six kidneys, one kidney/pancreas, one heart, five lungs and two livers.

One family that agreed to donate was that of Robert Fainaru, a 60-year-old father of three and grandfather of a two-year-old. An only child, he came on aliya from Romania at 16 with his mother, who was abandoned by her husband. He served in the Israel Defense Forces and studied cinema in a university, and then worked in Elbit as a hi-tech professional during the last 20 years.

As his hobby was acting, he played several roles at the Haifa Theater and also took a course in medical clowning.

When Fainaru died suddenly and his family was asked by the hospital transplant coordinator for permission to take organs, they did not hesitate, said Israel Transplant.

The 16 transplants were performed at the Rambam, Sheba, Rabin, Tel Aviv Sourasky and Hadassah-University Medical Centers.

Those who want to register as potential organ donors should call ADI at 1-800-609-610 or go to its Web site at

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