Three people who signed organ donation cards in recent months were the first to receive precedence as organ recipients in an arrangement ADI-The National Transplant Center, designed last year to encourage donor registration.
The three would not otherwise have been currently qualified to receive organs.
Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba admitted a 48-year-old man, Reuven Lavi, last week, who suffered from severe brain damage due to an ischemic stroke (a clot in his brain). When all the doctors’ efforts to save him failed, he was declared dead.
A total of four patients underwent organ transplants at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva, while another two received corneas that restored their sight.
A 62-year-old man received Lavi’s heart; a 57-year-old man his liver; a 34-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman each received a kidney. The cornea recipients were women in their mid-50s.
A representative of the Lavi family said they were shocked and in great pain over Reuven’s sudden death, but received consolation from the fact that he gave life to others.