Copied from The Algemeiner News Journal
Two families touched by the death of a 3-year-old Israeli boy were finally able to meet on Thursday, Israel’s Channel 2 reports.
When Noam was killed after falling out of a window at his family home in May, his parents decided to donate his kidneys. One went to an Israeli child, the other to a 10-year-old Palestinian boy.
During the meeting, which Channel 2 reported, left not a single dry eye in the room, Noam’s mother said she was deeply grateful to get a chance to meet the boy and his family. “I just wish him health and rehabilitation,” she said. “It’s bliss for me, it brings me great comfort”.
The Palestinian boy, Yakoub, had been treated with dialysis at Jerusalem’s Sha’are Zedek Medical Centre for seven years before the match was found. According to the Times of Israel, the Health Ministry’s transplant centre contacted Noam’s parents, and asked them if they’d be willing to donate the kidney to someone who wasn’t Israeli — specifically, a Palestinian.
“It doesn’t matter who gets the kidneys, so long as fewer children need to undergo dialysis treatment”, Noam’s father was quoted as saying.
Following the operation last week Yakoub’s father told Israel’s News 1 that he had “no words that could express his feelings towards the Naor family”.
Noam’s mother also expressed her delight. “Knowing I saved a life gives me great comfort and the power to go on,” she said. “It was not an easy choice, but I today I am happy I made it. It doesn’t matter that it’s a Palestinian boy, I wish it would bring us peace.”
After the transplant, in the summer of 2014 a friend of the family called the Holy Child Programme in Beit Sahour to find help for this boy.
The Holy Child Programme decided to commit themselves to helping Yakoub. Every day Yakoub comes from a village near Hebron, a one hour drive, by himself, just to be in the school. He is so happy to find a place that loves, respects and cares for him. He has told his mother that she has given him life.
I have visited Yakoub several times at the Holy Child Programme at the request of his head teacher. He is always smiling and cheerful and is steadily improving academically. Yesterday the head teacher, the school social worker and I visited his home south of Hebron. Yakoub lives with his mother and father and six brothers and sisters in a very simple home consisting of two rooms. The boy, his father and mother welcomed us so warmly with smiles and coffee.
Four days a week for several years Yakoub and his mum travelled from their home to Jerusalem for kidney dialysis. This is a round trip of maybe four hours - a long arduous journey. Following the tragic death of a young Jewish Israeli boy, Yakoub was offered one of his kidney’s. In the present circumstances here this is an unbelievably generous and open hearted gesture by an Israeli mother. The transplant was successful and he now travels for just an hour an a half each way to his new school in Beit Sahour. He must rate as one of the most determined and brave children I have ever met and it will be such a privilege to be able to share in supporting his education as he grows.