Hadassah breaks the organ transplant record for a single medical center: in less than two weeks, 6 liver transplants and 6 kidney transplants were performed at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Among them - an altruistic donation by a Jewish veterinarian from Jerusalem to a dialysis patient also from Jerusalem.
The month of July 2022 was among the active ones that the team of the transplant unit knew on the spot when in just two weeks 12 patients were operated on who suffered from prolonged liver or kidney diseases and their condition deteriorated to the point of needing a transplant.
The data indicates that organ transplant surgery is performed almost every day.
"In the last month, we have seen a significant increase in organ donations in Israel and, as a result, a significant increase in the number of transplants performed, something that is reflected in our center," says Dr. Abd Halaila, an expert in general surgery and head of the transplant unit at Hadassah. "And high numbers of organ transplant surgeries in Such a short period of time testifies to the extensive teamwork that takes place here in Hadassah.
I liken it to a coordinated and harmonious orchestra of excellent people, whose performance is made possible thanks to the determination and perseverance and a lot of desire of everyone to save lives."
One of the 12 organ transplants was in the body of Maher Hamdallah (38), a father of two, a license examiner who lives in the Old City of Jerusalem, who needed a kidney transplant and underwent daily dialysis treatments.
The person who donated a kidney from her body to him is Hades Cerbero Elroy from Jerusalem, a veterinarian by profession, who decided that she wanted to donate her body to save lives.
"From a young age, as a person of faith, I held on to the knowledge that God put us here and we are supposed to share in what he gave us. After a very long process, I did step by step, all the tests and inquiries with the Matanat Haim organization and with the team at Hadassah, and there was no hesitation. Two weeks ago, when the token went down and the surgery was approaching, I was afraid for a moment, but I calmed down after consulting with the teams. When I was asked, if I would agree to donate to an Arab as well - I thought about it and answered that I donate my kidney to anyone who needs it."
Maher together with Hadas, who donated a kidney to him and will allow him to finish dialysis treatments, photo: Hadassah Spokesperson
Hadas' meeting with Maher Hamdallah, a kidney patient who until now suffered from daily dialysis treatments and gained a new life thanks to her kidney donation, was exciting for both of them.
"I said all the time that if she is in danger - even one percent of danger, I don't go through with the surgery and I don't put the donor at risk," he says through tears.
"I waited for this moment for a long time and I couldn't believe it when they called to say that a kidney donor had been found for me and that I could stop dialysis. I said that someone must be joking, I didn't believe that it was a real call from Hadassah. But the next phone call, where I was invited for pre-surgery tests, was already sorted and I realized that it was very serious. We were very excited in the family. I don't think there are enough words to describe what you did for me, Hadas. There are not enough words to thank you," Hamdallah shared with Hadas his feelings and his appreciation for her.
"If anything good can come out of my act, it's that people will understand that people, regardless of who they are, can give to each other," Hadas said excitedly at the post-surgery meeting, as she recovers at a good pace and gets stronger.
"Hidden are God's ways, he found you. You should have received my kidney."
Hadassah donates the kidney together with Maher and Dr. Ashraf Imam, one of the transplant surgeons, photo: Hadassah Spokesperson
According to Dr. Halaila: "The donors, who do a sublime deed as far as I'm concerned - whether it's a relative who is determined to save his family member or whether it's an altruistic donor who comes through the 'Gift of Life' organization and doesn't even know who he's donating to before performing the transplant, they also deserve special recognition Because if it weren't for their kindness and the courage to step out of their comfort zone and routine, we wouldn't have come to save the lives of so many people every year.
All that stands before their eyes is saving lives in any way.
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