Every once a while, a noble act emerges from a tragedy

  1. NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- The father of a Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli soldiers said Monday he believes his son's spirit is alive in "every Israeli" after donating the boy's organs to Israelis waiting for transplants.

    Ismail Khatib said he was extremely proud of his decision, even if some corners of Palestinian society might be upset with him.

    "No one can tell me what to do," he said. "I feel very good that my son's organs are helping six Israelis. ... I feel that my son has entered the heart of every Israeli."

    Khatib's son Ahmed, 12, was shot Thursday while Israeli troops conducted a raid in Jenin. The soldiers said the boy was carrying a toy rifle and they mistook him for a militant.

    Ahmed died of his wounds late Saturday at an Israeli hospital. On Sunday, his kidneys, liver, lungs and heart were transplanted into recipients ranging in age from a 7-month-old baby to a 58-year-old woman and including Jews, Arabs and a Druse girl.

    Khatib said the decision to donate Ahmed's organs was rooted in his memories of his brother, who died at age 24 while waiting for a liver transplant, and in his family's desire to help others regardless of their nationality. He said he hoped the gesture would send a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

    "We're talking about young children. Their religion doesn't make a difference," he said.
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    You know it's stories like these and the one that Jnette recently posted that give me some sense of hope for humankind.
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    An awe-inspiring story and hopefully one that will make a difference.

    While on my treadmill, I've been listening to a book on cd about The Revolutionary War . . . amazing stories of bravery . . .. just finished a chapter on abolitionists. One by one, people change history.

    Thanks Roy.

  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Roy and Steph:

    Thank you.
  5. by   jnette
    Yes.. thank you.

    Keep the good stuff coming in.. we NEED to hear more about the GOOD in ppl.

    And just perhaps, we all need to spend more time seeking out that which is good.. myself included.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Lots of great stories!
    Loretto, TN
    Risk Watch training made all the difference for third grade teacher Shelly Fisher when student, Jamie Mattox, choked on a fruit-roll-up.
    After returning from a classroom break, Fisher noticed something in Jamie's mouth and asked her to spit it out. "When she (Jamie) turned from the garbage can, I knew it was lodged in her throat," Fisher told the Lawrence County Advocate.
    "I asked her if she could talk to me and she couldn't, she just shook her head. So, I did the Heimlich maneuver. After about two or three times she had it in her hand."
    As part of the school's Risk Watch program, nurses had demonstrated the Heimlich maneuver to teachers and students just a week before the incident occurred.

    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Nov 17, '05