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Six years after he underwent an organ transplant to receive a new kidney and
lung, Yossi Sherman agreed to donate the organs of his 33-year-old son, Gilad,
to save others’ lives.
Gilad, a lawyer who worked in the State Attorney’s
Office on cases presented to the High Court of Justice, died last week from a
rare vascular disease in his brain, and his funeral was held on Sunday in Ness
When Gilad’s family became aware that he would not survive, they
initiated a request that his organs be transplanted.
factors prevented the determination of brain death, doctors waited until his
Organ donations from a person without a heartbeat are
much more complicated, with the staff following a strict protocol and working
very quickly. In most such cases, only the kidneys can be used. At some medical
centers, livers and lungs have been transplanted from a clinically dead donor
whose heart did not beat.
At Hadassah University Medical Center in
Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, experience has been accumulated in such a procedure. One
kidney, two corneas, skin for treating burns patients, bone tissue, ligaments
and heart valves were removed for transplant, while the second kidney was
transplanted into a 53-yearold man at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical
Gilad Sherman left a wife and a two-year-old son. Yossi Sherman
is a social worker and head of prisoner rehabilitation for the Ashdod
Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch expressed
her sorrow over the loss at the funeral.