FOUR CHILDREN GIVEN NEW LIFE
FOLLOWING DONATION OF
THE TRANSPLANTS WERE CONDUCTED AT
SCHNEIDER CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER OF ISRAEL
Barmor, Petach Tikvah
June 7, 2005
The organs of a 3 year-old toddler, who died
yesterday in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Schneider
Children's following eye surgery at another hospital, were donated to 4
children and transplanted throughout the day at the medical center.
The child's heart was given to a 7 year-old
girl from Baka-al-Garabiya who had suffered from congenital cardiac
dysfunction and had waited for the past nine months for a transplant.
Three months ago her heart stopped beating and resuscitation stabilized
her condition. Since then, she has been living on borrowed time until the
transplant yesterday. The surgery was conducted by Dr. Gidi Sahar,
Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at Schneider Children's and the
adjacent Beilinson Hospital, Dr. George Frankel, Cardiac Surgeon at
Schneider Children's and Pediatric Anesthesiologists at Schneider
Children's, Drs. Yaakov Katz and Irena Hirsh.
The child is hospitalized in the PICU. Her
father said, "I would like to thank the family who donated the heart
to my daughter. I am sorry that the reason is so tragic and I sympathize
with them with all my heart. There are no words enough to thank them for
myself and my family."
The toddler's liver was transplanted in Mary
Ahava, a 6 and a half-year-old child from Netanya. She suffered from liver
failure and her liver deteriorated so much that only a transplant could
save her life. She has also been hospitalized in the PICU at Schneider
Children's. The surgery was performed by Schneider Children's liver
transplant team headed by Prof. Eitan Mor, Director of the Transplantation
Unit, Dr. Ran Steinberg, Deputy Director of the Pediatric Surgery
Department, Dr. Nico Unka, Senior Physician in the Transplantation Unit,
and Pediatric Anesthesiologists, Drs. Mila Katchko and Eli Simchi.
Following the operation, Hallie, Mary's
mother said tearfully to the toddler's family, "I would not like to
be in their position, but for us, they are saints, they saved the life of
our daughter as well as other children."
One kidney was given to a 13 year-old and the
second was transplanted last night in a 17 year-old. The toddler's two
corneas will be transplanted in the future.