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A lifesaving kidney, donated with permission from the family of a 38-year-old
man who died after a stroke, was donated late last week to a 14-year-old
Palestinian from Bethlehem.
The successful organ transplant was performed
at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, where the teen
is now recovering in the intensive care department.
As a medically
compatible Israeli was not found by the Israel Transplant Coordination Center on
the list of people waiting for a kidney, the decision was made to offer the
organ to the Palestinian Authority. It could not be sent to a country abroad
because there was little time to do so before the organ became
Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s head of pediatric nephrology,
Prof. Ya’acov Frishberg, contacted Dr. Tarek Hindi, a nephrologist from Augusta
Victoria Hospital in east Jerusalem and asked to identify a number of potential
Palestinian recipients. They all went urgently to the hospital and gave blood
for testing and typing. The boy was found to be the most suitable for the
The organ transplantation coordination center, the Civil
Administration and Hadassah’s organ transplant center worked around the clock to
facilitate the donation and sending the teen to Jerusalem.
nephrologist Dr. Aharon Bloch prepared him for the operation, which was
performed by Dr. David Arnovitz of the surgical department and Prof. Hadar
Merhav of the hospital’s transplant center. Dr. Valentin Levin was the
“The case is an example of the human brotherhood that
is especially prominent in the field of transplants,” said Merhav. “In
many cases, people of one religion or nationality willingly donate organs to
another. At Hadassah, we are happy to do all we can to save lives,” he
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The donor family said they did a good deed and did not want to get
credit by publicizing their identity.
“We have had a special privilege to
contribute to the creation of ‘a mosaic of peace,’” they said.
recipient, Walid Daadua, previously received a kidney from his mother, but his
body rejected it. For the last four years, he has been undergoing dialysis
following kidney failure a few times a week and has been waiting for a donated
A liver and the other kidney were transplanted at Rabin Medical
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