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Israeli Teenager's Tragic Death a Mixed Blessing

16-Year-Old’s Vital Organs Saves Six Lives After Transplants

By: David Shear
Published: October 15th, 2012 in News » World
What began with the simple hopes of an average 16-year-old, ended on Sunday, October 14th, with his vital human organs being transplanted into six patients, so that they could live, even though he could not.

The “He” in this story is Gilad Veturi, a student at Hod Hasharon’s Ilan Ramon High School, whose life was tragically cut far too short when, during a 60-metre sprint, he collapsed and died soon afterwards.

Gilad’s family donated their son’s life-saving organs on Sunday, October 14th, and even his corneas will be used in a future transplant.

While the young Veturi - who left behind his parents and two brothers, has passed away, his heart will live on in 56-year-old man, while the teen’s lungs are now being used by two men in their 60s, while his liver will help a 64-year-old woman.

One of his kidneys, and his pancreas, now belong to a 36-year-old woman; the other kidney went to a 24-year-old woman.

The transplants took place Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center- Beilinson Campus

“Gilad’s parents represent the beautiful Israel,” said Israeli Transplant director, Dr. Tamar Ashkenazi. “They are people who give, who are ready to help others and who, at a time of distress and terrible personal tragedy, are able to think about saving lives and giving organs.”

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