The organ recipients recently met Antonia's brother, Eberhart Boegner, at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, where the operations took place. Boegner came to Israel especially to meet Hajo and Feldman.
"We decided to do organ donations because out of such a tragic situation, out of such a loss… In that moment you win some positivity… knowing that Antonia is still with us," he said.
Upon meeting Eberhart, Hajo could not hide her emotions. She came to the meeting with her family who did not know how to thank Antonia's brother. "She feels that someone has given her a life," said Halil Hajo, Haneen's uncle. "She doesn’t know what she can give back. She feels that she has to give something back to the family, to the people who donated organs to her, but she doesn’t know what."
Feldman, who was unable to make it to the meeting, spoke to Boegner by phone. "I thank all your family. This is my life and I don’t know what more I can say. You gave everything to me, to my children and to my family," he said.
At the end of the meeting, Boegner concluded, "Antonia was about to decide on whether to permanently settle in Israel. In a way, this is what she is doing now."
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