Nechama Rivlin, wife of Israel’s president, undergoes lung transplant


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin who is never seen in public wihout being attached to a portable oxygen tank, underwent a successful lung transplant.

On Tuesday, a day after the surgery, Nechama Rivlin was awake and speaking to her medical team and family, the President’s Office said in a statement.

Doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Central Israel stressed that the first days after a transplant operation are critical and that there is a long recovery period after such surgery.

Rivlin, 73, has pulmonary fibrosis, which causes scar tissue to fill the lungs.

She reportedly has been on the transplant list for over a year, and her situation was getting more critical.

She received her lung from Yair Yehezkel Halabli, 19, of Ramat Gan, who drowned on Friday in Eilat.

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