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Late President's Last Wish Fulfilled as Family Donates His Corneas

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Shimon Peres passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93, but his helpful nature still lives on. Peres supported organ donation during his lifetime, and wanted to donate his corneas after he died. Recently, his family fulfilled this final request.

Corneas from donors over the age of 80 are used in bridge procedures, meaning they are used in emergency transplantations to stabilize patients in dire need, providing more time to find a better match. These corneas are also useful in glaucoma surgeries.

"We all believed that he had more up his sleeve, that Israel and the world could still enjoy his contributions," said Peres' son-in-law and personal physician, Professor Rafi Walden.

"Shimon's biggest contributions after death are his corneas, which will be donated for transplantation. His life was cut short as he carried out his great passion of strengthening Israel by advancing peace. His legacy will live on with us, always."

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