I call it miraculous that, after two years of waiting, including a year of painful dialysis, I finally got a kidney – after my original donor was rejected shortly before surgery was scheduled.
Anyone in need of a kidney usually receives it through the Gift of Life organization.
Twelve patients in some 24 operating rooms in various hospitals across the country, received their new kidneys owning to an effort made by Matnat Chaim.
The Jerusalem rabbi has, over the past decade, become a leading proponent of living kidney donations, people who donate one of their kidneys to a stranger suffering from kidney disease and failure.
In this wild time of coronavirus, Chaim still managed to receive a "new used" kidney.
As of January there were 857 people waiting in Israel for a kidney. I am one of them
For years, living kidney donors were common among relatives and friends, but what Matnat Chaim in Israel and other organizations are encouraging is the donation of a live kidney to strangers.
The transplant was arranged through Matnat Chaim, a nonprofit organization based in Jerusalem that works to encourage kidney donations.
"Shabbat Shalom, sir, we are happy to inform you that a kidney is waiting for you to be transplanted in the hospital and you have to arrive in the operating room within an hour," said the officers.