Young Boro Park Father Gives Kidney to CH Mother of 5

On Tuesday, July 7th, Sharon Sabbagh, a Crown Heights mother of five who suffered from kidney failure and was close to going on dialysis, was given a second chance at life thanks to a kind stranger – a young Munkacher Chosid from Boro Park with a child of his own.

Sharon’s children all volunteered to donate a kidney for her, but none of them were deemed a proper match fit for the procedure.

The young man, Chaim Elazar, was inspired to donate a kidney after his brother did so four years ago. The kidney transfer was facilitated by Renewal, an organization that works to find organ donors for patients in need.

“Chaim Elazar’s enthusiasm for this mitzvah was enviable,” Menachem Friedman of Renewal told CrownHeights.info.

Boruch Hashem the procedure was a complete success, sparing Sharon the agony and health risk of prolonged dialysis.

Both the donor and recipient agreed to publicize this story in the hopes of inspiring others to follow Chaim Elazar’s lead and do the same.

From left to right: Chaya Bracha Goldfein (sister), Linda Joffre (sister and fellow Renewal kidney recipient),‎ Elky Federman (sister), Sharon Sabbagh, Ellisa Schaffer (cousin).
From left to right: Chaya Bracha Goldfein (sister), Linda Joffre (sister and fellow Renewal kidney recipient),‎ Elky Federman (sister), Sharon Sabbagh and Ellisa Schaffer (cousin).
Chaim Elazar (L) and his brother Fishel (R)
Chaim Elazar (L) and his brother Fishel (R)

10 Comments

  • 1. Refuah Shlaimo wrote:

    What agreat and generous thing to do. This Tsadik May HASHEM repay him with good health always. Nachas from his wonderful family.

  • 5. wonderful news! wrote:

    Boruch Hashem! I worked with Mrs. Sabbagh many years ago and she is a wonderful person. May she have many many healthy long gezunt years!

  • 7. ישראלית wrote:

    איך מגיעים לכזו דרגה גבוהה כמו שלו?
    זה נורא מרגש
    ואני חושבת שצריך להגיד תודה גם
    לקרובים שלו שתמכו בו לעשות את המעשה האצילי.
    הורים שלו אשתו
    אין לי מילים.
    אני ממש מברכת אותו שיאריך ימים בבריאות שמחה הצלחה וכל השפע והטוב

  • 9. JUST FOR THAT wrote:

    In this zchus he should merit to live in perfect health to greet Moshiach!

  • 10. bbb wrote:

    in addition to the immense and precious mitzva he did, he was also mechazek the rabim in the inyon of ahavas yisroel and mesiras nefesh.
    Yashar Koach, really outstanding, to say the least. and there are no words for this, really.

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