How three Jewish and Arab families swapped kidneys, saved their mothers and made history


Tamar Ashkenazi was finally airborne. She had been up before dawn but was feeling more excited than exhausted as she glanced down from 40,000 feet at the sprawling desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The private jet had taken off on time from Tel Aviv’s airport at 8:30 a.m. and was now winging its way east at 500 mph to a private airport in the United Arab Emirates.

Other than the crew, two things accompanied Ashkenazi, managing director of the Israel National Transplant Center: the powerful thrum of the Hawker 800XP’s engines and a large cooler with an Israeli flag taped to its side.

Inside rested a recently removed kidney that would soon make history.

Most kidneys are transplanted into patients from either a person who died or a close living relative. But this ice-packed organ was donated by a living Jewish daughter to save the life of an ailing Arab mother she did not know…..Read The Whole Article Here