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Tragic Ending in Nevada Serves as an Alarming Reminder

Las Vegas resident Galia Elkaslasy was shocked when medical staff at a Nevada hospital said her husband Eliyahu Elkaslasy agreed to harvest his organs. He's religious and doesn't even know English, she protested. The tragic ending serves as a lesson to the public. Full Story

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Name of Hospital?
February 9, 2022 11:37 pm

Stay far away from it.

You joking right?
Reply to  Name of Hospital?
February 10, 2022 9:20 am

Stay away from any hospital…
People dont choose to go to hospital lol

Wow.
February 9, 2022 11:42 pm

Tragic story.
Thank you for sharing.
This message is important.

This is horrific!!!
February 10, 2022 12:12 am

Im actually shaking from this story…
Moshiach now!

horrible, horrible, horrible
February 10, 2022 12:12 am

no words
and the staff involved with this at the hospital
no words for them either
Moshiach NOW!!!!!!!!!!

This is horrifying!
February 10, 2022 12:42 am

I hope that lawyer does sue the hospital for their cruel insensitivity!

This is so heartbreaking and awful
Reply to  This is horrifying!
February 10, 2022 8:46 am

😢
I would imagine they can’t sue anyone because nothing was done wrong legally :'(

Hatzalah is the best
February 10, 2022 2:16 am

Although the story is truly sad, I am glad to read that Las Vegas now has a Hatzalah division.

Keep up the great work

Gehinnom
February 10, 2022 4:11 am

The hospital staff responsible for this earned themselves a nice big share in gehinnom.

Caution:same problem on NY Health Care Proxy Form.
February 10, 2022 7:49 am

Please note that on the New York Health Care Proxy Form (https://health.ny.gov/publications/1430.pdf), Item #6, it says the following:
“If you do not state your wishes or instructions about organ and/or tissue donation on this form, it will not be taken to mean that you do not wish to make a donation or prevent a person, who is otherwise authorized by law, to consent to a donation on your behalf”. It is of extreme importance to specify that you do NOT want to be an organ donor nor a tissue donor!

Murder
February 10, 2022 8:57 am

They committed murder, and from the sound of things they are serial killers.

The hospital
February 10, 2022 9:01 am

Murdered the man.

I don't understand
February 10, 2022 9:01 am

Why can’t we donate our organs?

Is it not a mitzvah to provide someone else with the gift of life when we ourselves are about to die?

It’s just our physical body, our neshama doesn’t need organs to survive.

because medical death is different then halachic
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 10:52 am

Medically, someone without brain function is considered dead. Halachically, the person is dead once their heart stops. So donating organs usually means ending someone life according to halacha. After someone is halachically dead, it is allowed to donate organs to save someones life. NOT for medical research which is what often happens.

Jews MAY donate organs.
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 11:50 am

We can donate organs – BUT – it’s got to be within halachic guidelines. It’s not so simple. Anyone who feels they want to be an organ donor should certainly explore it with halachic experts.

The problem
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 12:16 pm

In halacha you aren’t allowed to kill someone (no matter how close they may seem to death) in order to save another person’s life. It’s only allowed if it can be done without causing harm to the donor (e.g. kidney donation)

In short words
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 12:26 pm

Iddishkait indeed IS about the body
Its a very deep idea to elaborate now..

Organs are taken while person is still alive
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 1:27 pm

The organs especially the heart are taken while the person is alive before the machines keeping him alive are shut off. Exception would be corneas taken after death. So they take organs from a living person for transplant

Another one here
Reply to  Organs are taken while person is still alive
February 10, 2022 3:06 pm

There are also transplants etc after an accident c”v, how is that possible then?

Please understand
Reply to  I don't understand
February 10, 2022 3:15 pm

Jewish law prohibits desecration of a dead body (nivul hamet). A dead person’s body, since it once housed the holy soul, is to be treated with the utmost respect. Every part of the body must be buried

Obama
February 10, 2022 9:07 am

All these people trying to help and no one knows how to forge a marriage license?

What would happen
February 10, 2022 9:21 am

If she ask for the original statement and break it in front of then?
For sure at minimum it would delay everything..
Bdh

Someone knows what the law is in ny currently?
February 10, 2022 9:22 am

I know people that have to renew their license right now

what do Chabad rabbonim say about organ donation?
February 10, 2022 10:11 am

Is this usser in all cases?

Live donor donation allowed
Reply to  what do Chabad rabbonim say about organ donation?
February 10, 2022 1:31 pm

Rabbis from chabad have given live donations of part of liver or a kidney to a specific jewish person to save a life. Doesnt involve killing someone for their organs

Thank you
February 10, 2022 10:27 am

Thank you Ms. Baila, I now made sure my loved ones are not signed in for “organ donation”.

May your husband rest in light and peace. And may this injustice be avenged with showers of blessings to him, you and your family. Ad mosai!

Jews MAY donate organs.
February 10, 2022 10:28 am

The issue is rife with halachic controversy; but this means that there are circumstances when a Jew is absolutely permitted to donate a life-saving organ.This is not about harvesting organs for research; it is about saving a life immediately. Our community is woefully ignorant of the very specific halachic issues; it’s not true that organ donation is prohibited by halacha. There is a halachic way, and as a nation of compassion, we need to learn these laws.not to become experts, but to be aware. How tragic is it if a young mother of children dies for lack of a life-saving… Read more »

There are stories
February 10, 2022 10:43 am

I know of a nurse who quit the job after seeing too many traumatic incidents where the brain dead patients heartrate went up during the organ harvesting surgery and how they give them a paralyzing drug so they can’t move but not a general anesthetic, another time the patient wasn’t given enough of the paralyzing drug and twitched during surgery ,another patient declared brain dead actually woke up from the coma while being led in so it was cancelled and although the patient later died it shows how eager they are to speed the process of death or put a… Read more »

When a person's heart stops
Reply to  There are stories
February 10, 2022 11:54 am

It’s too late to use organs to save someone’s life.
Today we have the technology to keep the heart beating by a machine. This is the controversy among halachic experts. If the heart is beating only because of the machine, is the person ‘alive’?

POA
February 10, 2022 2:10 pm

I work in a hospital, assign a power of attorney for both personal care and finances. You can change your POA and you don’t need a lawyer to sign the forms, you just need witnesses. I’ve seen too many things go astray without the documents in place.

Shocking
February 10, 2022 3:09 pm

This is terrible; I can’t believe that such a thing could happen in this day and age 💔

$$$$$
February 13, 2022 10:28 pm

BS’’D.
They harvest organs for HUGE profits!!!
This was an opportunity for the hospital to make quick cash. The advice in the article is very important and should be taken immediately by all!!

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