Organ Transplants

Marc Davis (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 20:33:01 -0500 (EST)

Hi there, I read the post concerning Organ Transplants with much interest
mostly because I was the recipient of a kidney transplant 25 years ago. I
was 14 at the time and my dad was my donor. (alav a shalom). He passed
away three years ago and not a day goes by that I don't miss him.

I was diagnosed with acute renal failure in the summer of 1974 at 14 years
old. My grandfather went to the lubavitch rabbi at the time and was told
that some jews consider transplantation a form of cannibalism, but you
should do what your heart tells you to do and he would support any decision
my father had made. I even got a bible from Rabbi Schneerson.

Well, to make a long story short, my dad gave me his kidney, and I am now
38 years old. I gave him two beautiful grandsons who are healthy and my
dad gave me life twice and my children life.

Medicine is a wonderful thing and I am sure that by now there are laws that
have been passed by Rabbi's that have changed some opinions. Life is a
wonderful thing and I wish you much luck in your eventual transplant. My
husband is a donor as well as all the members of my extended family. G-d
Bless you.

Sharon Stakofsky-Davis
Marc Davis Legal reporter : Just my opinion, of course.
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