The recent meeting at the Schneider Pediatric Center was a deeply emotional affair as parents of the late Jonathan Yitzchak Samo and the family of Tehilah Tespiya, an eight-month-old baby who received a liver lobe from Jonathan’s donation, came together to express their gratitude. Dr. Lena Korn Feldman, director of Beilinson Hospital, spoke at the event, offering her heartfelt condolences to the Samo family and sharing how deeply the hospital staff was touched by the situation.
Tammy Fink, the transplant coordinator at Beilinson Hospital, also spoke at the meeting, sharing her personal connection to the situation as a mother of a soldier currently inside Gaza. She spoke about the unique bond between mothers of soldiers and expressed her deep understanding of the pain and sacrifice involved. Moshe Samo, Jonathan’s father, also spoke about his son’s bravery and the impact of his organ donation. He highlighted how his son’s generosity has brought hope to others.
Prof. Dan Arabot and Prof. Yaron Barak, who performed Jonathan’s heart transplant, further emphasized the significance and emotional weight of the situation. They expressed their deep connection to Jonathans and thanked his family for their generosity in saving lives through organ donation.
The doctors at Schneider Center expressed their deep appreciation to Jonathan’s family for their generosity and its impact on recipients’ lives. The meeting served as a powerful reminder of how life-saving organ donation is during moments of grief and loss. It underscored that even in times of profound sadness there is always hope that can be brought through such acts of kindness.
Overall, this meeting highlighted how deeply emotional organ donation can be for both families involved as well as for those performing it. It showed how grateful recipients are for such generous acts that save lives during difficult times.