20-year-old Border Police Officer Dies, Family Donates His Organs

With so many terror attacks sweeping across Israel, one family dealt with a terrible loss by giving a life-saving gift to a patient at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. After losing their son, Binyamin Yakobovich, who died after being injured in a Palestinian car ramming attack, the family decided to donate his organs, hoping to save a life despite so much uncertainty and tragedy.

Yakobovich’s kidney and liver were transplanted Monday into the patient, likely saving the patient’s life, hospital officials said.

Yakobovich was critically wounded in a Palestinian car-ramming attack on November 4 at the Halhul junction near Hebron in the West Bank. Police officers shot and killed the attacker.

Yakobovich was pronounced dead by Hadassah Hospital doctors on Sunday.

The death made the Border Police officer the 12th Israeli fatality in nearly two months of an ongoing wave of violence that has seen near-daily stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israelis.

Yakobovich’s family announced Sunday they would donate his organs.

The officer, who was drafted into the Border Police a year-and-a-half ago, is survived by his parents, brother and two sisters.

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