Family of slain IDF reservist Dor Zimel honor his wish to donate organs

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, who was critically wounded in a Hezbollah drone attack on April 17, 2024, and succumbed to his wounds on April 21, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, who was critically wounded in a Hezbollah drone attack on April 17, 2024, and succumbed to his wounds on April 21, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The organs of Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, 27, who died yesterday of wounds sustained in a Hezbollah drone and missile attack on the northern border community of Arab al-Aramshe last week, are being transplanted into five people this morning.

Zimel had signed an ADI organ donation card and his family decided to honor his wishes to save other people’s lives.

Zimel’s heart goes to a 57-year-old man at Beilinson Hospital, his lungs to a 24-year-old man at Sheba Medical Center, and his liver and one kidney to a 68-year-old man at Hadassah Medical Center. A lobe of his liver is being transplanted into an eight-month-old girl at Schneider Children’s Medical Center, and his second kidney goes to a 58-year-old man at Beilinson.

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