I AM very concerned with the development of organ donation and organ transplantation in Malaysia (“Ministry: Laws on organ transplant need to be drafted” – The Star, March 12).
As a living liver donor, I am privileged to have experienced the complications and after-effects of giving a part of my liver to someone.
The country has over 20,000 people waiting for organs, with kidney patients topping the list. Many die while waiting for organs due to insufficient organs from cadaveric donors.
The potential 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. Thus, the rise in organ trading, black market and human trafficking related to organs sale. This must be put to a complete stop.
Malaysians, let us act! Let the thousands of people on the waiting list be heard! Pledge to donate your organs after death and talk to your family members about your decision.
More could be done if all of us could just chip in every little effort. Bring the topic of organ pledge to teh tarik sessions, be an advocate, understand the cause through the Internet and educate yourself, help 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’d be glad to contribute in sharing my experience as part of my effort to promote organ donation.
For every organ recipient you save, do remember you are saving another life. Let us do it today. Pledge your organs at http://agiftof life.gov.my.
CHEW HOONG LING,
Voice of Women.