Aliza Goldenberg 311 .
(photo credit: Courtesy)
One month short of her 21st birthday and having recently completed her IDF
service, Aliza Goldenberg of Ra’anana was killed while sitting behind the driver
of a motorcycle and suffered lower-brain death last week. Her shocked family
noted that she carried an ADI organ-donor card and agreed that five organs could
be used for transplant.
Goldenberg, who had served in a choice IDF unit
near Hebron, thus saved the lives of four people and made her family feel that
she would live forever.
She was rushed from the site of the accident to
the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva, but she arrived in a
state of brain death.
When the transplant coordinator asked if the family
would donate her organs, they said they knew she had an ADI card and wanted to
honor her will.
Her lungs were transplanted into a 63-year-old man, her
liver into a 56-year-old woman and a kidney into a 51-year-old man at Beilinson.
Her other kidney and pancreas were transplanted into a 46-year-old man at the
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. All four recipients are doing
Meanwhile, hundreds of people of all ages who had undergone lung
transplants at Beilinson met last week at Kfar Hamaccabiah for an annual event
organized by Prof.
Mordechai Kramer, head of the medical center’s lung
One moving encounter was between the Dror family in Kibbutz
Lavie, which donated the organs of their 15-year-old son, and 21-year-old Hedva
Fallah of Bnei Brak, who received his lungs.
About 70 percent of Israel’s
organ transplants are performed at Beilinson.