By writer to www.timesofisrael.com
A rabbi who based a kidney donation group has been hospitalized in critical situation with the novel coronavirus.
Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Heber, 55, himself a kidney recipient, has been sedated and on a ventilator at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. He contracted the virus a number of days in the past and his situation worsened Monday.
Heber, founding father of Matnat Chaim (Reward of Life in Hebrew), an organization that facilitates voluntary kidney donations in Israel, was set to rejoice the initiative’s 800th transplant this week.
Not too long ago, Blue and White MK Chili Tropper donated a kidney in a life-saving process for a person he doesn’t know by means of Heber’s group.
An announcement shared on social media on Monday evening, together with by a number of Israeli journalists and politicians, urged those that have recovered from the coronavirus to urgently donate plasma for Heber’s restoration (sort A or AB) on the Jerusalem hospital.
President Reuven Rivlin on Monday requested for prayers for Heber’s well being, calling him a “man of fine deeds and love of mankind.”
In 2017, police launched an investigation into Heber on suspicion of organ trafficking however closed the case with out cost a yr later.
Heber has been honored by Israel’s Well being Ministry and hospitals for his work.
As of Tuesday, 11,868 virus circumstances have been reported in Israel, with 136 sufferers on ventilators in critical situation. There have been 118 deaths from the virus, together with former Sephardic chief rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, who was laid to relaxation on Monday.