There was not a dry eye in the room when the parents of an Israeli boy, Noam Naor z"l, came to Schneider Children's to meet with the parents of Yakub Ivachisad, the 10-year-old Palestinian boy who received Noam's kidney.
During the emotional meeting, Sarit, Noam's mother, said, "To see Yakub today is very exciting. I wish him only health, a full and speedy recovery and such joy as he has not been able to experience for 6 years. My happiness is huge, I feel as if something of my Noam is alive. This gives me great comfort." Suhilla, Yakub's mother, said with tears of emotion, "I thank the family from the bottom of my heart".
Prof. Eytan Mor, Director of the Organ Transplantation Department at Schneider Children's, noted that "we the doctors who perform organ transplantations, know that behind every organ donation to a child, is a tough human story, and that is your story. I greatly honor and admire your act and it is important for me to say that because of people like yourselves, who have a rare sense of humanitarianism and unconditional giving, we succeed in saving children's lives."
Prof. Joseph Press, Director of Schneider Children's, welcomed the parents and said, "I am very moved and greatly admire your courageous donation. I think that, in the hospital here today, a good relationship has begun between nations due to your deed."
Two weeks ago, 10-year-old Yakub underwent a kidney transplant at Schneider Children's. The child, who suffered from kidney dysfunction, was treated with hemodialysis and waited six years for a kidney transplant.
amonth the few pediatric hospitals in the world that is capable of conducting multiple transplantations at the same time.