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Mystery liver donor's identity revealed

GOOD SAMARITAN: Mr Chow, a maintenance supervisor, quit smoking weeks before surgery to ensure its success.


    Mar 07, 2014

    Mystery liver donor's identity revealed

    THE identity of the man who gave part of his liver to save a 10-year-old girl has finally been revealed.

    He is 48-year-old maintenance supervisor Chow Wei Lin, according to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao.

    Mr Chow underwent surgery on Wednesday morning at the National University Hospital. Part of his liver was removed and given to Phyllis Poh, a Primary 5 pupil at Bedok Green Primary School.

    Phyllis suffers from a rare disease that causes her liver to fail or become cancerous, as well as her growth to be stunted.

    Her mother had already given part of her liver to Phyllis' brother, 12-year-old Skye, who suffers from the same disease. The children's father is not a match.

    Mr Chow had come forward after Phyllis' predicament was highlighted in a report in The Straits Times last November.

    Yesterday, Mr Chow's wife told Lianhe Wanbao that her husband's surgery lasted nine hours, and that he was under observation.

    She said he was deeply moved when he read the report about Phyllis last year.

    "He told me that the little girl's blood type is just like his, type O...tell them I want to donate my liver," she said.

    A die-hard smoker for 30 years who could go through up to two packs a day, Mr Chow quit smoking three weeks prior to surgery to ensure that the operation would be a success.

    Said his wife with a smile: "It was torturous for him to quit. He kept eating Hacks sweets, and even ate up all the Chinese New Year snacks in the house."

    As a result, he put on 5kg in those three weeks.