Daily Israel Report

First Time in Israel: Heart Recipient Gives Birth to Twins

A heart transplant recipient has given birth to healthy twins, in what is thought to be the first case in Israel and the fifth worldwide.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/26/2010, 3:10 PM / Last Update: 7/26/2010, 9:58 PM

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An Israeli heart transplant recipient living in Samaria gave birth to healthy twin girls Saturday night. The woman, 33, is thought to be the first heart recipient in Israel to give birth to twins, and only the fifth worldwide. The woman is from the town of Beit El, located north of Jerusalem.

The woman has a long history of medical care. Previous treatments she received caused heart damage, and she eventually needed to undergo a transplant.

Doctors generally discourage pregnancy after heart transplantation, and relatively few heart or lung transplant recipients become pregnant.

The woman was treated by Doctor David Zechut, a senior physician working at Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital. She gave birth in her 33rd week of pregnancy.

The babies weighed 1.5 and 2 kilograms (3.3 and 4.4 pounds)at birth. Both of the newborn girls and the mother are in good condition.