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Israel Again Tries Liver Transplant

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A 14-year-old Soviet immigrant was reported in critical but stable condition Monday after undergoing the first liver transplant operation ever performed at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital at Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.

Michael Yacobov, who arrived in Israel 10 months ago, suffers from hepatitis B, a life threatening infectious disease.

Dr. Ahmed Ya’id, a senior surgeon at the hospital, said it would be a week before it is known whether the teen-ager who survived the eight-hour operation will live. The potential problem is rejection of the transplanted organ.

Four previous liver transplants have been performed in Israel, none of them successful.

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