Bone Marrow transplants have a history that goes back almost 100 years. This operation is performed by donor stem cell transplantation and it has saved the lives of thousands of people around the world. The National Bone Marrow Registry has a listing of all the potential donors all over the world. When a request is received to select the right donor for a particular patient, the registry issues the coordinates and contacts the suitable donor.
In Israel, there are countless volunteers with the mission to help Israelis anywhere in the world with transplants. A request for an urgent transplant for a patient in Israel was received and there was a potential donor in Chisinau. However, it was necessary to take a blood test to check the typing so they were sent to Israel. The donor in Moldova was helped virtually by volunteers of “Refua V’Simcha”. The head of the organization, Meir Queen, contacted Rabbi Mendy Axelrod, of Chabad Moldova, with a request to find the necessary tubes for blood sampling.
Rabbi Axelrod found the test tubes and helped with the necessary analysis. Now the only thing left was to send the test tubes with the donor blood to Israel for further tests. Rabbi Shmuel Zalmanov knew of someone to bring it to Israel, and it arrived a day later.
Meir Queen, Chairman of the Refua V’Simcha Organization, was brought to tears of joy. Each such story is real happiness and joy for him. He held a meeting with Rabbis Axelrod and Zalmanov. “You are extraordinary people!” He said. Meir Queen wished Rabbi Mendy Axelrod birthday wishes, as everything happened just on the birthday of Rabbi Mendy. Our Moldova Community is privileged and honored to be able to provide such a great service to so many people worldwide.