Eventually, Israel’s National Transplant Center was satisfied with Barkan’s mental and physical health, and within weeks a recipient for her kidney was identified. On January 8, 2006, the organ was taken out of Barkan’s body in one Hadassah operating room and eased into that of an Arab man from East Jerusalem in another.
“I didn’t want to know anything about the recipient,” says Bracha, “but Hadassah’s grapevine is very efficient. I haven’t met him or his family, although they asked to meet me. I suggested that they write me a letter. I’m against a meeting because I think it would simply make everyone feel uncomfortable. I don’t need the thanks. I didn’t give my kidney for thanks. I gave it because it was the right thing to do. To most people, donating a kidney seems like an enormous gesture, but it wasn’t like that for me. Giving it is part of the way I am, and part of giving it was that it should go wherever it was needed. It turned out it was needed by an Arab. I hear he’s doing well, and I’m delighted.”