A 41-year-old Palestinian from Bethlehem received the kidney of a 38-year-old Israeli who died from a stroke at Hadassah.
The Israeli's family agreed to donate his organs. When a matching candidate was found for his kidney--through the cooperative efforts of the Israeli Civil Administration, the Israeli National Center for Organ Transplantation, and the Palestinian Authority--he was brought to Hadassah and prepared for surgery by nephrologist Dr. Aharon Bloch. The transplantation started at midnight. It was performed by Prof. Hadar Merchav, Director of Hadassah's Organ Transplantation Unit; general surgeon Dr. David Arnovich; and anesthesiologist Dr. Vaslentin Levin. The patient is recovering from the operation.
The donor’s family chose not to speak to the media, but expressed their deep satisfaction at being able to participate in creating a “mosaic of peace."