Tee received a heart from an anonymous 15-year-old boy who had earlier died in a road accident. The operation was conducted at the National Heart Institute late Wednesday.
Today Tee had to undergo a second transplant today as her body rejected the first organ.
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Health Minister Chua Soi Lek said:"Her condition is more stable now although still critical ... The government thanks the donor."
It was a fantastic total Malaysian effort with even the RMAF participating by flying the donor’s heart and lungs into Subang Airport from Ipoh Hospital. The National Heart Institute (IJN) transplant team, was headed by chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub.
The father of the donor heart said poignantly: “Although I have lost a son, I now feel like I have a foster daughter.”
When asked why he agreed for his son to be an organ donor, he said: “My son was God’s gift to me. Now, it is time to return the gift to God.”
It's moments like these when we all come together that I feel proud to be a Malaysian.
Excuse kaytee while I get rid of this wee mote from my eyes.