40% Increase in Live Kidney Transplants in Israel


The Matnas Chaim organization led by Rav Yeshayohu Heber seeks to increase the number of people volunteering to donate kidneys to strangers. It reported a 40% increase in such transplants last year, with 127 people donating a kidney to save or drastically improve someone else’s life. To date, the organization has arranged 380 live-donor transplants.

Fifteen percent of the 5,800 people undergoing dialysis in Israel die each year from kidney malfunction. The average waiting time for a cadaver kidney is 5-7 years.

“People are born with two kidneys but only need one to live a healthy life,” Matnas Chaim explained. “All the activities of Matnas Chaim have one goal: to increase the number of kidney transplants in Israel. The organization’s long-term vision is to eliminate the waiting list for kidney transplants in Israel and make Israel the first country in the West where people can get a kidney transplant without any delay.”

{Matzav.com Israel}


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