ADI: Israel's National Transplant and Organ Donation Center

I've posted about them before, but ADI: Israel's National Transplant and Organ Donation Center (hebrew only) is definitely making progress on the education front.   A young woman suffering from diabetes recently passed away and her organs were donated to four patients.  An article in ynetnews reports:

Hilla Abramson, a social worker from the central city of Kiryat Ono, suffered from juvenile diabetes since the age of six. Due to the circumstances, she was certain that her organs would not be suitable for donation and therefore did not sign an ADI card...
The family agreed to donate the organs after the woman's parents discovered that she was a fan of the ADI organization, which advocates organ donations, on her Facebook account.
There are two interesting points to this story.  The first is that Hilla was probably not dead according to the recent Halacha standards.  The article states that she suffered from irreversible brain death, but not brain stem death.  Her family accepted her death and ended her suffering.

The second point is that suffering from a chronic disease does not automatically invalidate a person from being an organ donor.  If you believe in organ donations, it is worth signing an ADI card and letting the medical professionals make the call.

Condolences to Hilla's family.  May her memory be a source of comfort and strength.


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