Bereaved father gets kidney donation from daughter killed in accident
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Bereaved father gets kidney donation from daughter killed in accident

Teacher Orit Gur buried in Petah Tikva after fatal horse riding accident in Georgia. Husband Lior: 'You've given life to others, as you wanted'

Illustrative image of surgery (vizualni/Getty Images)
Illustrative image of surgery (vizualni/Getty Images)

An Israeli man who had been waiting three years for a kidney transplant finally received it in the most tragic of circumstances — from his daughter who died in a horseback riding accident.

Orit Gur, 44, was laid to rest Tuesday at the same hour that her father came out of surgery after the transplant of one of her kidneys, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Wednesday.

Gur was critically injured last week while on vacation in Georgia after the horse she was riding apparently reared up and she was thrown against a concrete wall.

She was flown back to Israel for treatment but died of her injuries on Tuesday and her organs were donated to several people, among them her father Moshe Shimoni, 66. He had been waiting  for three years for a transplant, after four potential donors had been found unsuitable.

“I’m fulfilling my daughter’s wishes,” he said before the operation. “People are comforting me by saying she’ll be with me forever.”

Eulogizing her, Orit’s husband Lior said,  “We promised each other a few years ago that if something happened to one of us, we’d donate our organs. Orit, you did exactly as you’d wanted, giving life to other people.”

Prof. Eitan Mor, head of the organ transplant department at Beilinson Hospital, said the situation of a father receiving a donation from a dead child was highly unusual.

“In my 35 years doing organ transpalnts I have never come across such a heartbreaking situation as this one,” he told the Israel Hayom daily, adding that “it was a difficult transplant because of Moshe’s medical condition, but thanks to the donation, I hope that Moshe will recovery from his illness and be able to go off the dialysis machines.”

Orit Gur’s heart, second kidney and liver were transplanted into other patients.

She leaves behind her husband and two children, aged 20 and 16.

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