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New York, NY - Orthodox Jewish Girl Undergoes Heart Transplant At Children's Hospital At Montefiore

Published on: June 17, 2014 11:13 AM
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Malkie Brandler (center, front) at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center on June 10, 2014. With her is Dr. Samuel Weinstein, Director of Pediatrics Cardiothoracics Surgery (left) and her parents Estelle and Josef. (Photo courtesy NY Daily News)Malkie Brandler (center, front) at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center on June 10, 2014. With her is Dr. Samuel Weinstein, Director of Pediatrics Cardiothoracics Surgery (left) and her parents Estelle and Josef. (Photo courtesy NY Daily News)

New York, NY -  A 21-year-old college student who underwent successful heart transplant surgery just over two weeks ago was able to return home Friday in Spring Valley.

Malkie Brandler, 21, has a normal heart for the first time in her life thanks to Dr. Samuel Weinstein and his transplant team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1jw90Ec ) reports Brandler, who was born with a single ventricle that didn’t allow her heart to divide into four chambers, underwent a six-hour heart transplant surgery on May 28.

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“We are religious people. People were praying for her all over the world. May 28th I said, ‘That’s her new birthday!’” said Estelle Brandler, Malkie’s mother.

Brandler is no stranger to heart surgeries – she had three heart surgeries by the age of two.

Pictured on May 15, 2014 Donate Life BBQ Event in Spring Valley: Front row (left to right): Heart recipient Lauren Shields, County Executive Ed Day, Malkie Brandler, waiting for a heart transplant. Back row (left to right): DA Thomas Zugibe, County Clerk Paul Piperato, and County Sheriff Falco.Pictured on May 15, 2014 Donate Life BBQ Event in Spring Valley: Front row (left to right): Heart recipient Lauren Shields, County Executive Ed Day, Malkie Brandler, waiting for a heart transplant. Back row (left to right): DA Thomas Zugibe, County Clerk Paul Piperato, and County Sheriff Falco.

Dr. Weinstein, director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore, has completed more than 100 pediatric transplants during his nine years at Montefiore.

The first thing Brandler wants to do when she has fully recovered?

“I want to go on a hike!” said Brandler, who is also an advocate for organ donation and hopes to get a master’s degree in library science after graduating from Rockland Community College.



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 Jun 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Which is why it is so important to be registered as an organ donor. This young woman is alive today thanks to the ultimate form of generosity.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM mewhoze Says:

G-d willing she should have a complete Refuah Shelaimah

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM Anonymous Says:

May she have a refuah shelaimah.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM Ina Says:

Ms. Brandler, may you live to 120 in complete health and happiness!

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 02:36 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Which is why it is so important to be registered as an organ donor. This young woman is alive today thanks to the ultimate form of generosity.

One should ask a competent Hallachic authority about the permissibility of non-living organ donation before signing up.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 03:39 PM Judith Says:

I'm glad we can accept organ donations . But , we can't give them. And we wonder why folks go off the derech.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 05:37 PM Kzler Says:

Wishing a complete refuah shelaima

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 05:43 PM Anonymous Says:

We are forbidden to give organs but can accept them??
Shanda, shanda, shanda.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 07:22 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

We are forbidden to give organs but can accept them??
Shanda, shanda, shanda.

I chose to ignore that insane rule. I am a proud organ donor and when I pass, up to 15 people will benefit from my organs.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 07:54 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

We are forbidden to give organs but can accept them??
Shanda, shanda, shanda.

Who is we? Not all Jews think and interpret Torah the same way. There are many Jewish communities where people are willing to be donors because they understand the importance of saving a life and not being selfish. What good does it do to rot in a grave and waste potentially life saving body parts?

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 08:07 PM misslydia128 Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Who is we? Not all Jews think and interpret Torah the same way. There are many Jewish communities where people are willing to be donors because they understand the importance of saving a life and not being selfish. What good does it do to rot in a grave and waste potentially life saving body parts?

"We" refers to the Torah observing community. It does not refer to the Conservative, Reform, and other socially engineered groups.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

9, 10 & 11,

All your comment shows is that you are completely unaware of the issues.

Which you have amply proven many times previously.

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 Jun 17, 2014 at 08:47 PM DRSLZ Says:

Reply to #11  
enlightened-yid Says:

Who is we? Not all Jews think and interpret Torah the same way. There are many Jewish communities where people are willing to be donors because they understand the importance of saving a life and not being selfish. What good does it do to rot in a grave and waste potentially life saving body parts?

I wish to take these arguments further:
What good does it do to follow the halachic decisions of hundreds of rabbonim including the very large majority of gedolei eretz Israel and the golah (and including at least 3 prominent roshei yeshiva at Y.U.) ie that brain death is not halachic death? Let's just decide ourselves what constitutes death!
Having said that, we can then decide for ourselves what are the criteria to receive organs as well. i say we only allow those who follow our dictates to get organs

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 Jun 18, 2014 at 03:34 AM formercrownheightser Says:

Does the organization Renewal know about that, #6? They are the foremost matchmakers of kidney transplants in the frum community. Many people have received new kidneys, thanks to the Tzadikim who have donated theirs.

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 Jun 18, 2014 at 08:03 AM BLONDI Says:

refuah shlama...may u go on many great hikes and more!!! btw..happy birthday lol

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