18-year-old car crash vic­tim saves five with or­gan do­na­tions

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By JUDY SIEGEL

The lives of five peo­ple have been saved, thanks to the fam­ily of an 18-year-old res­i­dent of Beer­sheba who was killed in a road ac­ci­dent on the eve of Lag Ba’Omer last week.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent, Maor Alonso was taken to Soroka-Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. He died a few days later on his 18th birth­day.

When the hos­pi­tal’s or­gan trans­plant co­or­di­na­tor asked his par­ents and brother to do­nate his or­gans, they con­sented.

His heart was trans­planted at Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Tel Hashomer into a 70-year-old man who re­ceived a tem­po­rary ar­ti­fi­cial heart. The re­cip­i­ent is now re­cov­er­ing from the trans­plant surgery in the car­diac in­ten­sive care unit.

His lungs were given to a 65-year-old woman and most of his liver to a 60-year-old man at the Rabin Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Beilin­son Campus in Pe­tah Tikva.

A lobe of his liver and a kid­ney were trans­planted into a nine-year-old girl at Sch­nei­der Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter, also in Pe­tah Tikva.

The other kid­ney went to a 34-year-old woman at Ram­bam Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Haifa.

The Is­raeli Na­tional Trans­plant Cen­ter said on Sun­day that in re­cent months there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of fam­i­lies of de­ceased who have agreed to do­nate or­gans. In ad­di­tion, it has re­ceived many scores of re­quests from prospec­tive al­tru­is­tic, live-kid­ney donors.

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