London – Exclusive: Kidney Donation in Israel Result of VIN News Story


    London – We never really know the impact our actions can have on other people.

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    Such was the case when a Vos Iz Neias story resulted in a London woman donating a kidney to a ten year old Israeli girl.

    The story begins this past November when Vos Iz Neias carried a CBS news story about Richard Woontyler, a Brooklyn father of eight who was and still is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. While many who read the story may have been moved to comment or say Tehillim for Woontyler, Tzivia, a London mother of five decided to give the ultimate gift, by offering to donate her kidney.

    Not only was the London woman unable to donate her kidney to Woontyler since United States insurance would not cover the costs of a kidney donation from a British donor, she was unable to donate a kidney to a specific recipient in England as British law only allows for directed donations between relatives. A suggestion to donate a kidney in Israel brought about the ultimate shidduch as Tzivia’s kidney was found to be a match for a ten year old Israeli girl.

    “The seed of inspiration was sown nine years ago,” said Tzivia in an exclusive interview with VIN News. “My niece was born with various organ issues and I offered to donate to her. In the end it wasn’t necessary, but over the years I googled to be placed on some sort of kidney donation registry, but there is none in the UK. In November, VIN ran an article asking people to be tested to donate to a father of eight in the States. I clicked the link and said ‘I’m interested. Test me.’”

    The transplant, which occurred on March 3rd, was successful with both the donor and recipient are doing well. Tzivia plans to return to London on Wednesday and resume her Pesach cleaning.

    VIN News is grateful for the part it played in this mitzvah and shares much of the credit with Lauren Finkelstein of, who was responsible for getting CBS News to carry the initial story about Woontyler.

    “I got in touch with Ben Mevorach, news director at 1010 WINS,” said Finkelstein. “Being that it was close to Chanukah I said to him ‘let’s create a Chanukah miracle’, in the hopes that WINS would carry Richard’s story. He emailed me back saying ‘Miracle, on the way!’ and he sent a reporter to cover the story of Richard Woontyler.”

    “In the blink of an eye, the miracle went from Brooklyn, to London to Israel. You just never know what can happen.”

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