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Hadassah Perseverance Ensures That Patient Gets a New Kidney

The persistence of the organ transplant coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center in reaching a patient who had been waiting for five years for a kidney ensured that he received one—after the police located him in synagogue, attending Shabbat morning services.

Nurse Olga Stein left several messages for Robert Iltov--both at home and on his cell phone--about the availability of a kidney. When he did not return her calls, she called the police and arranged for a search. Procedure in Israel dictates that if the hospital cannot report within one hour that the candidate has been located and is waiting in the hospital, the organ becomes available to the next person on the waiting list.

Escorted by a police car, traveling by ambulance, Mr. Iltov arrived at Hadassah, where a successful transplant surgery was performed. "Last Friday I dreamt that they found a kidney for me," Mr. Iltov reported. "I just celebrated my 45th birthday and there could not be a better birthday present."

Date: 6/15/2012
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