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Providing Life After Death
There is a growing understanding amongst the Israeli population that organ donation is a powerful way to honor a loved one’s memory. It is not an easy choice, especially in the aftermath of a tragic event.
Last week, the lungs of Lucy Dee, OBM, the Efrat resident who was tragically killed in a terrorist attack in the Jordan Valley, were transplanted into a 58-year-old patient at Sheba who was suffering from end-stage lung disease.
Dr. Liran Levy, the director of the Lung Transplantation Department explained, “In every transplant, we are faced with a difficult situation in which we must determine the fate of a life that ended in a terrible and tragic way, while at the same time providing hope and a new beginning for another person. The transition between these two worlds is almost impossible and incredibly difficult. Lucy’s lungs were transplanted into a 58-year-old woman with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) who had been waiting for a long time for a transplant. This transplant is her only hope, and we all hope that the family’s noble decision to donate Lucy’s lungs will improve the quality of her life and extend her time with us.”
Our fascinating video series, “Science Dose” continues with a quick look at the stem cell revolution with Prof. Benjamin Dekel which is taking place at Sheba (see below). A more in-depth look at how stem cells are changing our lives will be unveiled in “Lab Talks” within the next few weeks.