Mark Addleman

15 June 2023

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29-year-old Guy Dimery underwent a kidney transplant at Hadassah Hospital.  He never imagined that just a year after his surgery he would run a marathon – together with the person who donated a kidney to him and saved his life.


Read Guy & Yael’s story:


Guy’s Story


” From the age of 25, I was under medical monitoring due to the condition of my kidneys, and a year and a half ago, it started to worsen. This is when my amazing angel Yael Keller came into the picture. She altruistically donated a kidney to me, and thanks to her, I underwent successful surgery at Hadassah Hospital by its excellent transplant team. Yael bravely decided to donate a kidney to someone she didn’t know and help me get a new life.


The surgery was performed by the Hadassah Transplant Unit team headed by Dr. Abed Halaila and Dr. Ashraf Imam, together with the operating room team. I have always been cared for by the staff at Hadassah and have consulted with Dr. Roi Abel from Hadassah’s Nephrology Department, an expert in kidney diseases, together with Prof. Michal Elhalal Darnitzky, Head of Hadassah’s Nephrology Department, and her wonderful team.


Dr. Abel explains: “Guy suffered from advanced kidney failure and required kidney replacement therapy. Since the transplant, he has continued follow-up at the kidney transplant clinic at Hadassah. He has very good kidney function with a normal lifestyle. Fortunately, Guy lives without limitations and operates under recommendations to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a result, he makes good use of his condition and lives a full life.”


From the first moment after the transplant, Yael spoke to my family, even before she met me. They knew that we would connect thanks to the cynicism and wit we shared, and they were right. Today we have a fantastic relationship; we are very good friends, and our families occasionally meet up. I discovered that we both ran in the past, before my surgery. So, I offered a sort of challenge for us to run together.


After only a few months, we were running 10 Kilometres together! Yael is proof that there are miracles, light, goodness, and unconditional love in the world. She is my personal miracle, a person who spreads endless giving. The marathon was terrific, and throughout the entire route, Yael spurred us on with strength and motivation. ”


Guy’s surgeon, Dr. Abed Halaila, Head of Hadassah’s transplant unit, is also not surprised by Guy’s achievement. “We all know that kidney failure significantly impairs the patient’s quality of life, and there is no doubt that kidney transplantation improves the patient’s life and prolongs it even in relation to dialysis. We see the immediate result for Guy, who participates in the 10-kilometer run with his wonderful donor Yael, only a year after surgery – an impressive and inspiring achievement.”


Yael’s Story


‘’The first in the family to donate a kidney was my brother, and his significant move made me think about the matter and led me to the decision that I would do the same,” Yael says excitedly.


I started the process a few years ago. The tests took several months to complete, and during that time, I thought deeply about the big step I was taking. Neta – the Transplant coordinator nurse at Hadassah Ein Kerem, accompanied me throughout the process and served as the common thread between me and the recipient, who was anonymous to me at the time. All I knew was that he was a young man with a very supportive family.


Only after I passed the final medical review did I really get excited knowing I could make a difference, and I dedicated a song to him that I sent through Neta. After we met, we discovered that we had so much in common; we realised that we are both easy-going, love to laugh, and are a little cynical. We’ve made a solid connection for life.”


Editors Notes:


An excerpt from an article which first appeared on Israel National

Read the full story HERE

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