Anatoly Biryakov z”l
Anatoly Biryakov, a native of Russia, was working to save up money for university studies. After being injured while working as a carpenter, he found work cleaning at Haifa University. He was was critically injured while on his way to work and died three days later.
His mother decided to donate his organs for transplant, "in order that his heart should not stop beating, even if it is in someone else's body. If his heart is alive and beating, he is still alive." Anatoly had a rare blood type and those who received his organs had been waiting a long time for transplants. Irena said of the recipients of Anatoly's heart, liver and kidneys - two Jews, an Arab and a Druze: "They are like my children."
Anatoly Biryakov was buried in Haifa.