The death of a border guard led to saving a man with advanced liver disease when Hadassah Medical Center surgeons transplanted Benjamin Yaakovovich's liver and kidney into the 54-year old patient.
Dr. Hadar Merhav, head of Hadassah’s Transplantation Unit, together with Dr. Abe El Halaila and Dr. Ram Elazari, performed the complicated 10-hour surgery. “The recipient was suffering from fatal liver disease and had lost the use of his kidneys as a result," relates Dr. Merhav. "In the last month, his condition deteriorated. I’m pleased that the complex surgery went well and that the organs have been accepted and are working smoothly. The transplanted organs saved his life."