TEL AVIV (Oct. 21)
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.