(photo credit: Michael Ainsworth/Dallas Morning News/MCT)
Nine organs were donated on Sunday by the family of Gilad Veturi, a 16-year-old
student at Ilan Ramon High School in Hod Hasharon, after he collapsed and during
running practice and died two days later.
His lifesaving organs were
transplanted into six patients, while his corneas were saved for transplant at a
The teenager, who collapsed Thursday at the finish line of a
60-meter sprint, was known to be an excellent athlete who was in good health.
Doctors at Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center- Beilinson Campus where he was
taken to in critical condition were unable to say whether he had suffered from a
brain aneurysm or an irregular heartbeat that caused the organ to fail
Veturi was declared dead on Shabbat. He is survived by his
parents and two older brothers.
According to Israel Transplant, Veturi’s
heart was given to a 56-year-old man who had an ADI organ donation card and was
thus jumped ahead of the queue; his lungs were transplanted into two men ages 63
and 67; and his liver was given to a 64-year-old woman. All of the operations
took place at Beilinson.
Meanwhile, one kidney and Veturi’s pancreas were
given to a 36-year-old woman who had an ADI card; the other kidney went to a
24-year-old woman, also with an ADI card. Both operations took place at Tel
Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center; the corneas are soon to be transplanted at
Israel Transplant director Dr. Tamar Ashkenazi said that
“Gilad’s parents represent the beautiful Israel. They are people who
give, who are ready to help others and who, at a time of distress and terrible
personal tragedy, are able to think about saving lives and giving organs.”