Folks, I hope all of us are inspired by the selfless acts from the two families who donated their children’s organs.
“Hui Yi would not have made it if she had not received the second heart,” said IJN heart and lung transplant unit clinical director Dr Mohamed Izani Md Taib.
He said the IJN received an average of one donor heart in six months, but in the past one year, there was none at all.
“However, in the last two days we received two. This must be divine intervention,” he said yesterday.
Many of us are ignorant of how a person die and how the organs can be harvested. I had been there in the ICU for months and I have seen many people wasting perfectly good organs because of ignorance on our part. Though the Government does try to spread the message, many times, we refused to know about it because dying is not something we like to be reminded of.
But please read on and hear what I have to share. My terms may not be correct but that’s a gist of whatever I know. In some cases, just before a person died, the doctors can actually harvest the organs like the corneas, heart, lungs and many more. Some of these organs are usable only when the person is brain dead but they are kept on artificial ventilation. The doctor will give medication to keep the heart pumping and oxygen will be pump into the lungs. Then, they remove these organs, stitch up the person nicely and then, only pronounce the person dead.
I have seen many people who kept their relatives alive on artificial ventilation, take the body home and pull the plug. I wonder…wouldn’t it be nice if they have donated the organs first before they do that? I know the death of a loved ones is very traumatic and usually people do not remember about donating the organs.
So, that’s why we have to be reminded about matters like this, made aware of what can be done when we are not in that situation. Yet. That’s why parents and spouses must be aware because they are the next-of-kin who will determine if the organs are to be donated. We can pledge our organs but it is our next-of-kin who are going to authorised it.
Read why I am so passionate about organs donation in a post I wrote two years ago.
To the families of the two organ donors, may the Almighty grant you strength to face the deaths of your sons. To Hui Yi, my prayers are with you and may your plight bring awareness and increase the numbers of organ donors.
Pledge to donate your organs, folks. It saves and enhances the quality of lives for many.
Added : And politicians, please STOP freaking use this for your political mileage. What kind of stupid remarks are these:
Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said a heart transplant was more dramatic than blood donation, which was now a normal procedure.
“When blood is being transfused into one’s body, no one would ask whether this is blood from a Chinese or Malay. To all of us, it is just human blood,” he said, adding that Malaysians should be grateful for the advances.
and this is not big deal, ok?
Both Hishammuddin and Dr Koh have pledged their organs.
Hishammuddin pledged eight years ago and Dr Koh 10 years ago.
I wanted to give my son’s cornea away when he died in UMMC. I am not impressed, politicians. You just made me very sick.