President Rivlin's Wife Nechama in Stable Condition After Health Deteriorates

Rivlin underwent lung transplant last month; president cut short state visit to Canada

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with his wife Nechama Rivlin at the the presidential residency in Jerusalem, in 2017.
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President Reuven Rivlin's wife, Nechama Rivlin, is on life support and in stable condition after her health deteriorated over the past several days, Beilinson Hospital representative stated Wednesday morning.

The president, who was on a state visit to Canada on Tuesday when his wife's condition deteriorated, cut short his trip to be by her side. 

Nechama Rivlin has been suffering from a lung condition over the past few years, and underwent a lung transplant on March 11. Ever since, she has been slowly recovering. After the surgery, Rivlin said his wife required the operation because she suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, and that she had waited a long time to receive the implant. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Rivlin "a full recovery," while Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein stated that "all of us are praying for the full recovery of the wife of President Reuven Rivlin."

About 60 lung transplants take place in Israel every year, all at Beilinson, and the success rate stands at over 90 percent.