Organs of IDF soldier Nethanel Menachem Eitan, killed in Gaza, donated to 3 patients

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

Lt. Nethanel Menachem Eitan (Courtesy of his family)
Lt. Nethanel Menachem Eitan (Courtesy of his family)

The National Transplant Center reports that the family of fallen soldier Lt. Nethanel Menachem Eitan has honored his wishes to donate his organs. Eitan, 22, had an ADI card confirming his membership in the organ donor registry.

Eitan, from Jerusalem, was a cadet in the Bahad 1 officers school’s Gefen Battalion, and a soldier in the Air Force’s Unit 669. He was critically injured in battle in northern Gaza on December 8 and succumbed to his wounds at Beilinson hospital two days later.

His heart was donated to a 56-year-old man at Sheba Medical Center and his lungs to a 36-year-old man at Beilinson. His liver went to a 70-year-old man at Ichilov Hospital.

Eitan’s friends and family say he was an outstanding student who stood out for his love of others and generosity of spirit. He was an inspirational leader in his youth movement and volunteered with young cancer patients.

Before being drafted, he studied in the Ma’aleh Efraim pre-army program. He trained to be a medic within Unit 669 and was the first from his team to be sent to officers’ school. He was still in officers’ training when the war broke out.

“On October 7, he succeeded in saving the lives of three soldiers and he told me that that gave him a true sense of meaning,” says his childhood friend Michael.

Eitan is survived by his parents and four siblings.

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