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Five people receive organs after death of man

'HE LIKED TO HELP PEOPLE': Mr Wong's wife agreed to donate his liver, kidneys and corneas after his sudden death at the age of 49 in July last year.


    Mar 09, 2016

    Five people receive organs after death of man

    A PURCHASING officer had five of his organs transplanted to patients who needed them after his wife gave consent following his sudden death, knowing he would do the same had he been able to say so, reported the latest issue of Singapore Health.

    The liver of Wong Wing Chun, who died at the age of 49 in July last year, went to a 17-year-old boy, said the bimonthly publication of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and the SingHealth group.

    One of his kidneys went to a 28-year-old woman and the other to a 58-year-old man who had waited 11 years for a transplant while his corneas restored the sights of a 33-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man.

    His wife Lim Yoke Pay, 44, also agreed to donate his skin and iliac arteries, which supply blood to the lower trunk of the human body - both of which are not included in the Human Organ Transplant Act (Hota).

    The Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao said yesterday that its report in July about Mr Wong, who did not opt out of Hota, had already mentioned the donation.

    But the details were made known only now through Singapore Health, noted Wanbao.

    Mr Wong, who worked in a hotel and had no health issue, died in SGH two days after he fainted from a brain haemorrhage while having a shower at his workplace.

    Ms Lim said she and her husband had in the past mentioned to each other the wish to donate their organs should they find themselves having to decide on the matter.

    "He liked to help people so I thought this could be the last time he'd be able to help someone in need," said Ms Lim.

    The administrative clerk did not manage to speak much to her spouse of 19 years before he drifted out of consciousness.

    But she did discuss the donation with her 15-year-old daughter, their only child.

    "My daughter said: 'Ask Daddy if he's willing to donate.' A few hours later, when he died, I saw a teardrop leave his left eye and I took that as a yes," said Ms Lim.