Dr. Lavi: the extraordinary story of heart transplants in Is

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A groundbreaking law that passed the Knesset Monday will dramatically increase the number of organ donors in Israel, in part because the measure enjoys the support of the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox community. The law, which passed with the support of Shas, calls for 'death' to be determined as the point from which one becomes brain dead. Previous definitions varied, with some determining time of death as the time when the heart stops beating.  The issue is important in the organ donation process because organs are usually not fit for transplant after the heart stops beating, whereas brain death can occur while leaving many organs intact. Many in the religious community had objected to donating organs 

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