This was one of those moments which one can never forget. Einat Zinger, a 15-year-old girl from Petach Tikva, whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant, met her donor for the first time when Esther Ciechanowski, from Australia, visited Israel. Einat had waited for a bone marrow transplant for three years since contracting cancer.
Following a search in the world registry of potential donors, a suitable donor was found in Australia. “I heard about an Israeli girl who needed a transplant and I did not hesitate”, said Esther. “I believe that those who can help others cannot choose not to do so”.
Einat underwent the transplant in the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit headed by Dr. Jerry Stein. Her life was saved by the donation and today she is in follow-up care at Schneider Children’s. “I am glad that I could help you, Einat - this is a gift not only for you but also for me”, said Esther to an emotional Einat.
Dr. Stein too had difficulty hiding his feelings. “I am honored to be at this extraordinary meeting and pay tribute to Esther’s willingness to respond. I hope that this act will raise awareness and readiness in many others to join the world registry of bone marrow donors”.
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