A WOMAN undergoes an eye examination. Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus
usualy performs 10 cornea transplants in an average month. (Courtesy
Rabin Medical Center)
Beilinson transplants record 30 corneas in July
by Judy Siegel
Thirty people received corneas at the Rabin
Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in July to
restore or improve their sight – a record three
times the monthly average.
The corneas came from deceased Israelis who had
ADI organ donor cards or whose close relatives
had given their permission, or from abroad.
Prof. Irit Bechar, head of the cornea service at
the Petah Tikva hospital, said that the number
of donations and operations was unprecedented.
“There is nothing better than to see patients
who identify their loved ones again and return
to a daily routine with independence,” said
The hospital, which performs more organ
transplants than any other in the country,
usually has about 10 cornea transplants a month.
Ophthalmology department head Prof. Dov
Weinberger said that his unit cooperates with
cornea banks in the US and Canada, allowing
Beilinson to import corneas that are not needed
elsewhere because of tissue type.
In July, 10 corneas were brought to Petah Tikva
from abroad in addition to 20 that were donated
in Israel, he added.
“This cooperation makes it possible to restore
the sight of many patients,” he said.
All 30 patients are in very good condition and
have reported that their vision is significantly
better just days after their surgery, the