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June 2, 2013 11:59 am

Ten Year Old Palestinian Boy Saved by Israeli Doctors, Jewish Kidney Donor

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Yaacov and his father Samir, at the intensive care unit at Schneider Childern's Medical Center of Israel.

The life of a ten year old Palestinian boy was saved today thanks to Israeli doctors at the Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikva, and a Jewish kidney donor.

The child, who suffered from kidney dysfunction, and was undergoing dialysis had been waiting for a kidney transplant. The boy is now recovering in the hospital’s ICU, and is in stable condition.

“For now we are very satisfied with his recovery,” a member of hospital staff told The Algemeiner, “within a few days he will go to a regular ward.”

The boy will still have to take medicine for the rest of his life, but won’t need dialysis multiple times a week which makes for very poor quality of life.

The father of the boy said that he had no words to thank the Jewish donor’s family and noted that, after many years waiting for a transplant, his son was receiving new life.

The boy is from a village near Hebron and is not a citizen of Israel.

Schneider Children’s Medical Center Spokesperson Riva Shaked told The Algemeiner in an interview that “it was a very overwhelming surprise” for the child and his parents, “because they weren’t prepared for it.”

“Of course they were very very happy,” Shaked said, “I heard the mother say, ‘its impossible, it’s impossible,’ she was overwhelmed.”

In the past said Shaked, “we talked about the possibility of the mother donating one of her kidneys to him.”

Explaining how the story came about the spokesperson explained, “We are the only transplant hospital for children in Israel and we knew about this kid, he came to see our doctors six months ago, and we knew he needed a kidney, so we called him.”

“In our hospital we treat all Israelis, both Jews and Arabs and also Palestinian children, and when a child is sick, it really doesn’t matter what his nationality or religion is, for us it is all the same, we want them to be healthy,” she explained.

“The vision of Mr. Schneider, who founded the hospital, was for it to be a bridge for peace, and from time to time we see it really happen,” Shaked concluded.

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  • Ameila

    What a great story. A LIFE is precious above all else. It is good when Doctors and medical people do the right thing for the right reason against what others may think.

  • It would be interesting if this news is made available in Egyptian news media . But that might embarrass the Egyptian medical establishment. Like: if you had to take your choice of a Jewish doctor or an Egyptian doctor for your kid…which one would you choose?

  • dank

    I wonder why this news report wasnot printed on cnn or nbc which pick up any news the can be negative towards israel.

  • shoshana

    I have been working at the hospital of Ashkelon wich is a town in the south of Israel, and I can asure you that 10 to 15 palestinians from the Gaza strip are been taken care of there.This is a matter of routine Israel has never shut its doors to sick people who need help.

  • Mordechai

    So Jewish liberals risked a Jewish life (of the donor) in order to save life to another suicide bomber. gross…

    • Markus E Brajtman

      I read that the donor was a Jewish boy who was brain dead.
      The real heroes are the Jewish parents who gave life (chai) to a Palestinain boy.

      I wonder if the Palestinians, Gazans an Tutu would appeciate this,

      Strange, but Tutu is very quiet about this

      I wonder what would have happened if Tutu knew about this before the transplant.
      Would have have tried to stop this as he does with the world, to boycott everything Israeli?

  • This story, and many others, should be sent to the boycotters.

  • Markus E Brajtman

    G-D bless Israel
    The only true democracy in the entire Middle East, where everyone, no matter what religion, is treated the same.

    How many times do we read about Palestinians from the territories and Gaza, sending patients to Israel Jewish hospitals for treatment to save their lives?

    yet, those same Palestinians /Gaza have sworn to destroy Israel and kill every Jew.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Will this make the news in any Arab country? I would really like to know. I don’t believe it will.

  • Fredric M. London

    This is wonderful. I am sure the PA would do the same for a Jewish child.

    • Mr. London, Did you know that the Pope’s mother is Jewish?

    • fortune

      What drugs are you on unless you are being sarcastic.

      We’ll see if he becomes a homicide bomber in the future.

    • Barry Leonard Werner

      Is that some kind of a joke?

    • Ben

      You are being sarcastic, right? Because of course the PA wouldn’t do the same for a Jewish child. Anyways thanks for the laugh

    • Are you on drugs? It is a capital offense to do business with the Jews, I am sure giving a Jew a kidney would also be a death penalty offense. I worry that this boy and his father will face punishment upon returning to Hebron.

    • Markus E Brajtman

      Dont believe it.
      The PA wants to see every Jew dead.

      The biggest racists are the PA. Abbas has said that if, not when, a PA state is created, no Jew will be allowed to live there.

      Maybe Tutu should take note.
      The same applies to Jordan.

    • HA, HA, HA

    • whaaat

      according to muslim law a muslim is not allowed to help/save a jew. there is a law in england that a muslim policeman does not need to help a jew if his life is in danger because it is against theyr religion.

  • Dafna Yee

    I am happy for the little boy and his family. I am afraid, for their sake, that they may face problems from Arabs where they live. Unfortunately, the parents could even be considered to be “collaborators” with Israel if they try to express the unpopular view of gratitude for the Jewish Israelis who saved their son’s life. However, I wish them the best and that the family lives long and healthy lives.

    • When the kid grows up, he and his father will probably express their gratitude by trying to kill the surgeon.

  • George Rapple

    A really beautiful story.