Palestinian child who got kidney donation 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Schneider Medical Center)
Sarit and Avi Naor, who donated a kidney from their son Noam to a 10-year-old
Palestinian boy on dialysis for seven years, received a phone call from
President Shimon Peres on Sunday. Noam suffered irreversible lower-brain death
after falling from a fourth-story window in his home to the second floor
“This is one of the most moving contributions to peace. It
exploded all prejudices,” Peres told the parents.
“According to Jewish
tradition, every person is created in God’s image, and whoever saves a human
being serves the essence of Judaism... You have made all of us proud.”
hope this case will lead only to peace,” Sarit replied.
There was no one
else suitable to receive the kidney, as no tissue-compatible child recipient was
registered and no older person in Israel could have made use of such a small
organ, said Israel Transplant.
“It doesn’t matter who gets the kidneys.
The most important thing is that more children will not have to continue getting
kidney dialysis,” said the parents.
The transplant was performed at
Schneider Children’s Medical Center for Israel in Petah Tikva. The recipient,
who comes from the Bethlehem area, had undergone dialysis at Jerusalem’s Shaare
Zedek Medical Center since he was three. After the transplant, he was in stable
After Noam’s fall, doctors struggled to save his life, but he
suffered so much brain damage that they could only declare his lower-brain
The Naor family, who are religiously observant, consulted with
rabbis, who supported their decision to donate his kidney (the second one could
not be used).
Sarit Naor, who said before the funeral that she greatly
appreciated Peres and his efforts to bring peace with Israel’s neighbors,
declared that she knew she was making the right decision by giving her son’s
kidney to the Palestinian boy.
Health Minister Yael German, who heard
about the donation, said: “The parents are noble people and an inspiration to
all of is. In their most difficult moments, they made a decision that was not
simple – to save the life of a Palestinian child. Their donation is a source of
pride and an example of humanity and good-heartedness,” German said.
operation at Schneider was performed by a team headed by Prof. Eitan
After the surgery, the recipient’s father said he had no words to
express his gratitude to the Naor family. After years of waiting for an organ,
their son was reborn, he said.
Schneider performs most pediatric organ
transplants in the country. Since it was founded, the pediatric hospital has
carried out about 400 heart, lung, liver and kidney transplants in babies,
children and youths with success rates equal to the best centers abroad.