A mom from Israel donated her kidney and rescued a 3-year-old boy from Gaza

A mom from Israel donated her kidney and rescued a 3-year-old boy from Gaza

Idit Harel Segal from Israel, on her 50th birthday, decided she wanted a different birthday present for herself: to save a life. And she did, donating her kidney to a 3-year-old boy from Gaza.

The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel hoped that her decision would set an example to be imitated in a country suffering from long wars. She was encouraged by the memories of her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who told her to live her life with pride and substance and that there is no greater good than saving a life.

So Segal contacted a team that connects donors with those who need a transplant. In her case was a 3-year-old Palestinian from the Gaza Strip.

“You do not know me, but soon we will be very close because my kidney will be in your body”, Segal wrote in Hebrew to the boy, whose family asked not to be named because of the sensitive relations the Palestinians have with the Israelis. A friend translated the letter into Arabic for the family to understand. “I hope with all my heart that this surgery will succeed and you will live a long and healthy and meaningful life”.

Immediately after a war that lasted 11 days, Segal wrote “I threw away my anger and frustration and I see only one thing. I see hope for peace and love And if there are more like us, there will be nothing to fight for».

Until the transplant on June 16, there were many conflicts within her family. Her husband and the eldest of three children were opposed to her decision. Her father himself stopped talking to her. They thought she was putting her life in danger for no reason. Still, the loss of three relatives in the Palestinian attacks, including her father’s parents, made it even more difficult.

Nevertheless, she proceeded with her decision and saved the 3-year-old boy. He said he visited the boy on the eve of the surgery and is in contact with his parents. She never regretted the donation she made and in fact, her own family, which had been divided because of it, finally realized the importance of her deed.

The boy’s father from Gaza donated his kidney to an Israeli mother of two on the same day as his son’s transplant.

Source: mama365.gr

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