Jewish electrician Yigal Yehoshua died of head injuries after he was hit in the head with a brick as he walked home from a Torah dedication ceremony on May 17.

The incident happened during riots in the mixed Jewish and Arab city of Lod, Israel, but it led to a multicultural medical miracle as Yehoshua’s organs saved the lives of four people.

Two Muslim surgeons at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem transplanted one of Yehoshua’s kidneys into a Christian Arab mother of six.

“Yigal will go straight to heaven, to a better place,” Randa Aweis said after her surgery. “Here we must all, Christians, Muslims and Jews, strive for peace. All of us.

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“I can’t wait to host Yigal’s family in my home,” said Aweis, who had been waiting for a kidney transplant for nine years.

Dr. Abed Khalaileh, director of Hadassah’s Kidney Transplantation Service, performed the surgery with Dr. Ashraf Imam.

In a TV interview, Khalaileh thanked the family of the donor “in what was such an appalling situation” and expressed his wish for health and peace for all.

The kidney of a Jewish man who was killed in a riot was transplanted to save an Arab woman’s life. (Taylor Brandon/Unsplash)

“Medicine in general and transplantation in particular symbolizes humanity,” Khalaileh said. “In this case, a woman received a new lease on life.”

Yehoshua’s other organs saved additional lives at other Israeli hospitals.

His second kidney was transplanted into a retired career soldier, his liver went to a young woman, and his lungs went to another man. Each of these patients had no other hope for survival.

This post originally appeared in Israel21C.

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