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Israeli Kidney Donations: A New Record

Over the third week of August, twelve kidney transplant operations were carried out in Israel, setting an unprecedented state and possibly worldwide record.

Twelve patients in some 24 operating rooms in various hospitals across the country received their new kidneys, owing it to an effort made by Matnat Chaim ("Gift of Life"), a volunteer organization dedicated to encouraging people who are suitable for kidney donations to save lives.

The organization was established by Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Heber, who died of coronavirus in last April.

Rachel Heber, the wife of the deceased Rabbi and the founder of Matnat Chaim, said that "when we started the organization in 2008, we did 4 transplants a year, thinking we hit a record... what happened this week is extraordinary and very gladdening."

Since the death of Heber's husband, Matnat Chaim successfully assisted in seventy-three transplants. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we are truly in awe of your work. Thank you for inspiring acts of beauty and generosity in others. Please continue to bless us this way.”