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Kidney Donor Rabbi Gives His Liver to Save a Man’s Life

Rabbi Ephraim Simon (left) and Adam Levitz after the partial liver transplant that saved Levitz’s life. (Photo Credit:

Jan. 3, 2019

By Menachem Posner

NEW JERSEY – Adam Levitz, a 44-year-old married father of three, was in liver failure. Things were getting worse, and he knew it. On Dec. 20, he received a new liver and a new lease on life. His donor, Rabbi Ephraim Simon, is one of only a handful of individuals to have ever donated both a kidney and a liver — a procedure most hospitals won’t even allow.

The two men had never met until just days before the life-saving surgery, but Rabbi Simon says that’s exactly what he was looking for.

Published : Jan 03, 2019
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