JERUSALEM, Oct. 15 (JTA) – While politicians attempt to
hammer out differences, an Israeli-Arab reconciliation of a different
sort took place recently at an Israeli hospital.
Doctors at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv transplanted the heart of a Jewish boy killed in a road accident to a 3-year-old Arab girl. Dr. Ya’acov Lavi, a surgeon at the hospital, said the girl, Reem al- Jaroushi of Ramle, had a heart three times the normal size and would have had a limited life without the transplant. The boy, Yuval Kaveh, was killed when he was hit by a car while crossing the street with his bicycle days before his ninth birthday. “She’s got a wonderful heart both from nature’s standpoint and from an emotional standpoint,” said Yuval’s father, David. The girl’s mother, Amal, told Israel Radio that she was “very thankful ” for the help her daughter received. Lavi said the girl has shown fast improvement.