Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Saving Lives in Israel

Shalom All,

Recently the Israeli Kenesset passed a law designed to encourage organ donation. Jewish law traditionally defines death as HEART DEATH. Heart death is simply defined as the when the heart stops beating. This is highly problematic for organ donation because when the heart stops beating damage is done to virtually all of the major organs, including the heart itself, which in essence prohibits their use in saving the lives of others.

On the other hand, a definition of death as BRAIN-RESPIRATORY DEATH radically changes the situation. Someone who is Brain Dead and cannot breath on their own may well be a prime candidate to save multiple lives through the donation of heart and lungs and kidneys and possibly other organs in the future.

The Kenesset passed a law which defines death as BRAIN-RESPIRATORY DEATH.

I appplaud these efforts by the Kenesset to save lives.


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