• Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Tears of Joy: Parents of Deceased Soldier Reunite with Heart Transplant Recipient from Gaza


Nov 21, 2023

The Schneider Pediatric Center was filled with emotion as families of both the late Jonathan Yitzchak Samo and the eight-month-old baby Tehilah Tespiya came together to share in a powerful meeting. Dr. Lena Korn Feldman, director of Beilinson Hospital, spoke at the event, expressing her heartfelt condolences to the Samo family and sharing how deeply the hospital staff was touched by their tragic loss.

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 expressed her deep understanding of the pain and sacrifice involved in such situations and spoke of the unique bond between mothers of soldiers.

Moshe Samo, Jonathan’s father, took center stage to speak about his son’s bravery and the impact his organ donation had on others. He highlighted how his son’s generosity had brought hope to those in need and emphasized how proud he was of his son’s selflessness.

Prof. Dan Arabot and Prof. Yaron Barak, who performed the heart transplant on Tehilah Tespiya from Jonathan’s donation, further emphasized the significance and emotional weight of the situation. They shared their deep connection to Jonathan and expressed their gratitude for his gift that saved another life.

The meeting ended on a positive note as families exchanged hugs and words of appreciation for one another. The doctors at Beilinson Hospital were deeply moved by this act of kindness and compassion towards their patients. It served as a powerful reminder that even in moments of tragedy and grief, there is always hope through organ donations that can bring new life to those in need.

Overall, this meeting highlighted not only the emotional impact but also the profound gratitude felt by recipients and their families for such generous acts during difficult times. It underscored how important it is for individuals to consider organ donation as a way to give hope to others who may be facing life-threatening situations.

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