The Schneider Pediatric Center recently held an emotional meeting with the parents of Jonathan Yitzchak Samo, a soldier who donated his organs after his unfortunate death. Dr. Lena Korn Feldman, director of Beilinson Hospital, spoke to the family and expressed her heartfelt condolences for their loss. She also shared how deeply the hospital staff was touched by the situation and how grateful they were for Jonathan’s generosity.
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 emphasized the unique bond between mothers of soldiers and expressed her deep understanding of the pain and sacrifice involved in such situations.
Moshe Samo, Jonathan’s father, spoke about his son’s bravery and the impact of his organ donation on others. He highlighted how his son’s generosity had brought hope to those in need and had saved lives.
Professors Dan Arabot and Yaron Barak, who performed Jonathan’s heart transplant, further emphasized the significance and emotional weight of the situation. They expressed their deep connection to Jonathan and shared their appreciation for his selflessness in giving life to another person through his donation.
The meeting brought together two families – those of Jonathan Yitzchak Samo and Tehilah Tespiya, an eight-month-old baby who received a liver lobe from Jonathan’s donation. The emotional gathering highlighted the profound impact that organ donation can have on both givers and recipients alike. The doctors at the center expressed their gratitude to Jonathon’s family for their generosity and how it has touched so many lives positively.
Overall, this meeting serves as a powerful reminder of how organ donations can bring hope and healing during moments of profound grief and loss. It underscores how these generous acts can change lives forever and inspire others to consider making similar sacrifices for those in need.