Leslie Kaufman is doing well and continues to recover at Toronto General Hospital after undergoing lifesaving liver transplant surgery on November 18.
Kaufman, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s vice-president of corporate services, received a liver from a deceased donor after an urgent search for a living donor received widespread support from the Jewish community. Although a number of potential donors came forward, a liver from a deceased donor became available before all of the extensive testing necessary for a suitable match for a living donor was fully completed.
“There is no greater gift that you can receive than the gift of life. Organ donation choices, more than ever, are providing that gift,” wrote Kaufman in an email to the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. “On a personal level I cannot begin to express the love and support that others have provided to support me through this journey.”
The Bulletin plans a fuller follow-up article in a future issue when Kaufman is able and ready to be interviewed.