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I AM very concerned about the development of organ donation and organ transplants. As a living liver donor, I understand the complications and after-effects of donating part of my liver.
The country has over 20,000 people waiting for organs with kidney patients topping the list. Yet many die while waiting for organs due to insufficient organs from cadaveric donors.
The potential number of cadaveric donors is very high, looking at the number of accidents reported daily.
However, the plight of these patients often goes unheard due to our selfishness.
When there is a lack of organs from cadaveric donors, living donors are sought for organs to be transplanted. Therefore, the rise of organ trading, black market and human trafficking related to the sale of organs. This must be stopped.
I urge more Malaysians to make a pledge to donate their organs (go to http://agiftoflife.gov.my). Once they have made a pledge they should talk to their family members about their decision.
More can be done if all of us could chip in every little effort. Bring up the topic of organ pledges at "teh tarik" sessions, be an advocate, learn about the cause from websites and educate yourself, help out at any organ pledge campaign and even better, organise one.
Get someone to give a talk in your organisation, place of worship, office and even at home. I would be glad to contribute by sharing my experience.
Chew Hoong Ling
Voice of Women