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The Southern Israelite. (Augusta, Ga.) 1925-1986, August 01, 1986, Image 3

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Israeli expert warns West about dangers of radiation by Kevin Freeman NEW YORK (JTA)—An Israeli expert in tissue typing and bone marrow transplants has warned that the West could suffer the same problems in treating victims of radiation exposure as did the Soviet Union in the aftermath of last April’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Israeli, Dr. Yair Reisner, urged taking measures that would avoid some of the problems that he encountered when treating pa tients in Moscow last May. He urged advanced tissue typing of persons who work in facilities or situations where the danger of radiation exposure exists. While the West has much more experience in the field of tissue typ ing and bone marrow transplants, Reisner warned, “God forbid, if something happened, you’ll have the same problems, the same tacti cal problems in finding donors as the Russians had.” Reisner’s remarks were made to reporters at a news conference at the Harvard Club sponsored by the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the main fund-raising arm of the insti tute based in Rehovot, Israel. Reisner, born in 1948, was one of a team of four experts—three from the United States—who went to the Soviet Union to treat victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. He reported that he entered the U.S.S.R. with his Israeli passport without a Soviet visa. He said he was met at Moscow airport by Ministry of Health officials who issued him a visa on the spot, well aware that he is an Israeli. Reisner said the Soviets reported that of the 299 persons directly affected by the accident—techni cians, firefighters and guards who were inside the building—35 were severely ill with radiation poisoning. He said bone marrow tranplants were performed on only 19 persons and another six victims were beyond treatment.'He said 30 of the 35 ill with radiation poisoning died. He also indicated he had no plans to return to check on the work per formed in Moscow Hospital No. 6. A revolutionary method of bone marrow purification that Reisner helped develop reduces the chance of rejection of the marrow trans planted from a donor. The cell separation technique significantly increases the success of marrow tranplants in children suffering from leukemia or genetic defects that deprive them of immune de fenses. The end of an ordeal TEL AVIV (JTA)—Meir Zoreah, age three, returned home to Israel last week fully recovered from a liver transplant operation per formed at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., nearly a year ago. It was a long and terrible ordeal for the child and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yitzhak Zoreah of Migdal Ha- Emek, who thought their son would surely die. Liver transplants were not per formed in Israel when Meir became ill. His journey to the U.S. was made possible by public contribu tions. They poured in after Michael Zoreah appeared on television to tell the country his son was “dying before our eyes” for lack of funds to send him abroad. The youngster, accompanied by his father and a physician, left for the U.S. last year in a plane e- quipped as an intensive care unit. During the flight he developed complications and was bleeding internally. On the advice of the doctor, the plane landed in Lon don where Meir was hospitalized for several weeks. When he finally arrived in Pitts burgh, the donor whose liver was to be transplanted was no longer available. Surgery was postponed for several weeks. When finally performed, the operation lasted seven hours. While Meir was re covering, his father and mother took turns being with him. They were helped by the Pittsburgh Jew ish community and by friends in Israel who looked after their three other children. Father and son returned to Israel. Meir was hugged by his mother at the airport. “He is a new boy,” she explained. “At last we are all to gether again.” —Hugh Orgel weekly specials Chuck Roast blade cut 1.99 lb. Ground Beef 5 lb. family pack 1.69 lb. Empire Turkey Franks t ib pkg. 99C ea. FREEBIE Rakusen’s Original English Matzos 1 lb. pkg. FREE w/ $ 20 purchase ISAAC GELLIS Salami, Bologna, Franks & Knocks i2oz pkg .. 1.89 ea. 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