Israeli Parents Meet Palestinian Boy Whose Life Was Saved by Their Dead Son’s Kidney

June 13, 2013 5:52 pm 12 comments

Sarit Naor meets Yakoub Ibhisad. Photo: Schneider Children's Medical Center/Channel 2.

Two families touched by the death of a 3-year-old Israeli boy were finally able to meet Thursday, Israel’s Channel 2 reports.

When Noam Naor was killed after falling out of a window at his family home in May, his parents decided to donate his kidneys. One went to an Israeli child, the other to a 10-year-old Palestinian boy.

During the meeting, which Channel 2 reported left not a single dry eye in the room, Noam’s mother, Sarit, said she was deeply grateful to get a chance to meet the boy and his family.

“I just wish him health and rehabilitation,” she said. “It’s bliss for me, it brings me great comfort. ”

The Palestinian boy, Yakoub Ibhisad, had been treated with dialysis at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for seven years before the match was found. According to the Times of Israel, the Health Ministry’s transplant center contacted Noam’s parents, and asked them if they’d be willing to donate the kidney to someone who wasn’t Israeli — specifically, a Palestinian.

“It doesn’t matter who gets the kidneys, so long as fewer children need to undergo dialysis treatments,” Noam’s father  was quoted as saying.

Following the operation last week Yakoub”s father told Israel’s News1 he had “no words” that could express his feelings towards the Naor family.

Sarit Naor also expressed her delight.

“Knowing I saved a life gives me great comfort and the power to go on,” she said. “It was not an easy choice, but I today I am happy I made it. It doesn’t matter that it’s a Palestinian boy, I wish it would bring us peace.”

12 Comments

  • How wonderful. And note that this Palestinian boy has been treated for a long time prior to receiving the transplant in a hospital in Israel. So much for the false stories that Palestinians can’t get medical treatment.

  • While I understand cynicism and often fall victim to it, maybe Yakoub (Jacob?)will be the one to bring peace. He is of both.

  • this is really good news……and we need more of these

    • Kris Kristian

      We need more of Palestinains donating kidneys to Jews. But will that ever happen?

      When this boy grows upo, will he learn to be a suicide bomber?

      Remember that Gazan woman who spend months in an Israeli hospital where she had skin grafts?
      She came to offer her thanks, by dressing as a pregnant woman, but fortunately, a security guard spotted her.
      She wanted to show her gratitude by blowing herself up and killing Jews.

  • That shows you the beautiful heart of most Israelis and by extension, Christians. No Palestinian can do this for an Israeli because of their hatred for the Jews. I hope they read this kind of stuff.

    • what extension to xstians? this family is jewish and what they did has no connection to anything with christianity! it is jews helping to save a life of an enemy…nothing more, nothing less

  • Incidents such as these must be cherished and savored in the hopes of bringing peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

  • isaac \Geld

    This gives me hope for the future.

  • Stevie the K

    Sadly, the cynic in me says that in about 5 years that kid will be throwing rocks at Jews

  • This is a beautiful story. It’s so nice to read about good things happening instead of anti-Israel lies all the time. Unfortunately, I am sure that this story of love is going to be twisted into a story of hatred.

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