Rabin Medical Center Brings Together Children Who Were Recipients of Kidney Transplants in Reunion Spanning 2 Decades of Successful Surgeries

Rabin Medical Center is Israel’s leading organ transplantation center performing over 75% of transplants in the country. It is the only hospital performing transplantation on the full range of organs.

It is Israel’s only hospital with a dedicated Transplantation Department, overseen by Prof. Eytan Mor, has performed more than 2,500 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants, 400 lung transplants, 100 heart transplants and 50 pancreas transplants has been performed. Most patients continue their follow-up after transplant in our outpatient clinics which are currently separated to various sub-specialties: lung, heart, kidney and liver clinics.

Kidney Recipients Gather to Mark 35 Years of Pediatric Renal Transplantations

A gathering of all pediatric kidney recipients over the years was held at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel to mark 35 years of renal transplantation in children. Since its establishment, 360 kidney transplants have been performed in infants, children and adolescents at Schneider Children’s. During the decade prior to the hospital’s establishment, kidney transplants in children were performed at the neighboring Rabin Medical Center.

The gathering was the brainchild of the Institute of Nephrology at Schneider Children’s headed by Dr. Miriam Davidovits, and Kidney Transplant Coordinator, Naomi Zanhandler, and attended by Minister of Health Rabbi Yaacov Litzman, Prof. Joseph Press, Director of Schneider Children’s, Prof. Eytan Mor, Director of the Organ Transplantation Department, Dr. Tamar Ashkenazi, Director of the National Transplantation Center, and Rabbi Yeshayahu Haber, Chair of the charitable organization, “Gift of Life”.

Youngsters who had undergone kidney transplants over the past two decades at Schneider Children’s came from all over the country. Among those who attended were Roman Koramalov, who received a kidney when he was 5 years old and then later had a heart and lung transplant, and a toddler of three, whose mother donated a kidney to him three months after she had donated a liver lobe to him.

Dr. Davidovits said that “I am very excited to have everyone meet with children being treated today and those recipients who were treated in the past who are today themselves parents of children and are leading successful adult lives. There can be no greater satisfaction as a doctor than to see his patients integrate back into the circle of life, contributing to society and starting a family. I am proud of our excellent outcomes, which are as good as other leading centers in the world”.

The Institute of Nephrology at Schneider Children’s serves as a national center for kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplantation in children. Patients include infants, children and adolescents who suffer from varying degrees of chronic kidney dysfunction. The Transplantation Department conducts scores of kidney transplants annually in children.

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