Organ Donations From Stroke Victim Save Four Lives

'Without the transplant, she had every chance of not surviving,' says surgeon of lung recipient.

A critically ill 26-year-old woman finally received a lung transplant Friday, when the family of a stroke victim agreed to donate her organs.

Reut Barzilai of Haifa had been in Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for several days after her body rejected a lung transplant she received three years ago.

She, along with three other recipients, was given another chance at life thanks to the surgery.

"Without the transplant, she had every chance of not surviving. She was at the end of the road," Barzilai's surgeon and the head of Beilinson's transplant department, Dr. Benny Medallion, said. Medallion, who performed the procedure with Dr. Yael Rafaeli, said Barzilai's condition had greatly improved Saturday.

"She is already sitting up and breathing on her own," he added.

Barzilai was born with cystic fibrosis. After her first lung transplant, she was able to take part in the European swimming competition for lung-transplant patients, and won second prize.

Three other lives were saved thanks to the organs of Barzilai's donor: Another woman also received a lung, a man received a liver and a kidney at Beilinson, and another man received a pancreas and a kidney at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.