Medical community officials on Thursday night reported 16 organ transplants were performed nationwide in a 48-hour period.
The deaths of four Israelis permitted the transplants, including a heart, lungs, kidneys and corneas.
Tens of physicians, nurses and transplant teams were involved in the effort which compelled simultaneous actions at the Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah, Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, Ichilov Hospital and Hadassah Hospital, to permit harvesting the organs in the limited time available.
The new Brain Death Law permitted moving ahead with the transplants, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reported Friday morning.
The new law, which is endorsed by some lawmakers affiliated with the Dati Leumi (Modern Orthodox) camp has resulted in widespread opposition among Gedolei Yisrael, including HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlita, HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita and others.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)