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Transplantations fall in Israel as new law complicates procedures

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d332 (Published 18 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d332
  1. Tamara Traubmann
  1. 1Tel Aviv

The number of patients in Israel who die while waiting for a transplant rose last year, and the number of transplantations fell by 20%, the annual report of the Ministry of Health’s National Transplant and Organ Donation Centre has said.

As a result the shortage of organs has become more acute. Rafi Biar, chairman of the centre’s steering committee and director of the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, said that the main cause of the decrease is a new law that changed the protocol for defining “brain death” after discussions with the Chief Rabbinate.

According to Jewish law death can be determined …

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