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I am not sure if the title is translated correctly. These are scanned pages of this month (June 2009) Feminine chinese magazine. Enjoy~


Look at my face on the 7th day of operation with An Qi.


Smiles…. my new sister – we are SATU HATI!


Haha… my baby photo with my mom


My Dad, my closest friend


One happy family

This is getting out of hand. While I enjoy that the awareness on organ donation increased, I do not really enjoy the focus on me donating the liver.

I MC-ed for a few events recently and in Ipoh, a few friends arranged that a reporter interviewed me. As I did great job in MC-ing, I thought the interview was on the MC skills. I didn’t expect the interview focused on the organ donation. Is good after all, I thought, because it could help raise organ donation awareness.

So, the interview was done in Ipoh and I thought is still good to have the news on Perak Edition, at least we go awareness state by state. Why not? The surprise was yet to come.

The news was on the national edition and to awe me even more, it was captioned on the front page of Sin Chew Daily 29th April 2009 newspaper!

My friend claimed Sin Chew was best seller on that day. Not too sure of it. Haha… anyway, I do agree that the news bring about organ donation awareness but I am less comfortable that it focuses on me almost 100%.

Sms-es and calls poured in and the next day, An Qi’s news was on the Local editions.

The links to the news:
Sin Chew Daily 29/4/2009
I don’t know you but I want to save you… here


(See what laziness has done to these pictures…. lazy to even rotate the pictures!!!)

我不認識你但要救你!周虹伶捐肝給13歲女生

(霹靂‧怡保)吉隆坡蕉賴康樂花園一名13歲小女生,通過互聯網希望找到適合的肝臟進行移植。她去年六七月間被醫生診斷患上肝癌。醫生要求她家人為她進行肝臟移植手術。

周虹伶在互聯網看到這篇求助貼文,決定捐肝給這名小女生。

捐肝救人,需要很大的勇氣,尤其是對方非親非故,就更加難得,畢竟移植肝臟是大手術。

年輕的周虹伶充滿愛心,即使醫生診斷出她只有一個肝正常操作,她還是毅然捐出這個肝的60%來救一個13歲的小女生。

樂觀的周虹伶受到《星洲日報》訪問時,笑說自己身上的器官,很多都只是一半在操作,除了肝臟,也包括她的右耳殘障,只能靠左耳來聆聽。

“捐肝是一種緣份”

當初周虹伶有意捐肝時,父親表示贊成,上司也認為很有意義,但受到母親和身邊朋友反對,而令她內心起了掙扎。

後來一位朋友告訴她,捐肝是緣份,一旦自己作出決定,就不要再去理會其他事情;這番話,令她作出了捐肝的決定。

她表示,能夠捐肝給這名小女生,確是一種緣份;之前有許多人願意捐肝給這名小女生,但都不適合。

捐肝手術在她肚皮留下了一道14吋長的疤痕,但她不以為意,還笑說在身上留下一個“馬賽地”標誌(刀痕像馬賽地汽車標誌)。

捐肝讓離異父母重聚

這項手術,讓周虹伶承受了不少痛楚,但卻拉近了她和母親的關係,也令離婚20年的雙親再見面。

對她來說,這也許就是一種福報。

周虹伶說,父母在她4歲那年離婚,20多年來都沒碰面。每逢華人新年,父親把她載到怡保母親的家,放下後便離去。這一次,她的父母不但碰面,也一起拍照。

手術前“血拼”放鬆心情

周虹伶本來於1月2日在新加坡鷹閣醫院進行手術,當時血庫不夠血液,醫生決定延遲動手術;然而,她卻在1月12日那天病倒,結果手術延至1月14日進行。

周虹伶說:“手術前一天我有點緊張,但不能在13歲小女生面前表露出來;後來在醫生批准下,我獲得數小時和母親離開醫院去‘血拼´,那一刻,才真正讓心情鬆懈下來。

“手術前一天晚上,我還能很輕鬆地閱讀;反而是護士問我,是否需要安眠藥幫助入眠。”

“第二天,我被推進手術室,裡面冷得讓我得蓋上好幾層被子;因為沒有家人在旁跟我說笑,令我的心跳加速。”

周虹伶的緊張心情一直延續到手術台上。她問麻醉師,打麻醉針多久才入睡,對方說只需數到10。她數到10後仍清醒,忍不住問麻醉師,原來麻醉師還沒有為她注射麻醉藥。

移植肝臟手術進行了10至12小時,醒來那一刻,她因為難耐疼痛而得注射嗎啡,身上也插滿了管。

3天後轉入普通病房,物理治療師要她下床走路,她身上仍需掛著袋子;她走了不到20步,就已覺得頭暈眼花了。

兩度獲頒傑出獎

周虹伶活躍於許多組織,她於2006年獲得頒發雪州傑出青年獎(義工領域)。去年更獲得THE MAL AYSIA WOMEN´S WEEKLY雜誌頒發傑出女性獎(教育與公共服務領域)。

周虹伶在吉隆坡出生,但在安順姑媽的家長大,並在德修中小學受教育。中學畢業後在英華美學院考取資訊系統科學學士學位。

她在求學時受邀參與電視台BICARA SISWA清談節目而被相中,於2002年至2004年受邀主持《大馬早安》(SELAMAT PAGI MALAYSIA)節目。

她在13歲那年,便已簽字捐獻器官。成長後,她一直都在進行推廣捐獻器官工作。

目前,她是XEERSOFT有限公司助理執行人員,平日也受邀在一些活動擔任主持人。

捐肝人資料:
捐肝人:周虹伶,29歲,《大馬早安》前主持人。
身體狀況:只有一個肝正常操作,是一名“單肝人”;右耳殘缺,只能靠左耳來聆聽。
受惠人:一名13歲的小女生。

星洲日報‧獨家報導:黃丹芳‧2009.04.28

Sin Chew Daily 30/4/2009
Liver donation news receives hot feedback, Chew Hoong Ling promotes organ donation easier… here

捐肝救女生新聞曝光‧周虹伶:推廣捐器官更易

2009-04-29 18:12

(霹靂‧怡保)擁有大愛捐獻60%肝臟給一名13歲患癌女生的前《大馬早安》主持人周虹伶相信,她捐肝的新聞在《星洲日報》刊登後,將能說服更多人捐贈器官。

周虹伶今日(週三,4月29日)再受到《星洲日報》詢問時指出,她13歲便對捐贈器官運動充滿想法,之後更積極參與推廣活動,並成了她生命中的一個主要議題。

她相信在她捐獻肝臟的新聞週三刊登在《星洲日報》後,今後在推廣捐贈器官運動時將更有說服力,能說服更多人加入捐贈行列。

她透露,她身邊有不少朋友已響應捐贈器官運動,早已簽下捐贈同意書。但還是有一些朋友,因為父母反對而未加入行列。

她表示,有意捐贈器官的人士,可瀏覽她的網站,即http://fredjef.com,並從網站中打印表格,填妥表格後簽名寄出就可以了。

星洲日報‧2009.04.29

(Perak Edition) Five friends follow suit… here

周虹伶捐肝女生震撼人心‧5友人加入捐器官行列

2009-04-30 11:18

周虹伶把肝臟捐給13歲女生的大愛事跡,震撼人心,也掀起捐贈器官效應,其中有5位朋友就受到周虹伶影響,決定簽下捐贈器官同意書,在往生時遺愛人間。

5位是商人陳仕文、丘兼財和江秀潔、以及行政人員伍慧影和保險從業員卜小婷。他們去年參與馬來西亞創業促進會會員大會,認識了當時擔任大會司儀的周虹伶,並成為朋友。

他們感動於周虹伶毅然把肝臟捐給非親非故的小女生,而決定同意成為器官捐贈人士,也成功說服一位朋友李有建拋開“死無全屍”的傳統觀念,加入捐贈器官行列。

伍慧影:有信心說服家人

伍慧影表示,她之前有一位31歲友人患上子宮癌,當時她有所感觸,初次萌起要成為器官捐贈者的念頭。後來遭到家人反對,結果打消了念頭。

她表示,如今她要成為器官捐贈者的心意非常堅定,她有信心說服家人接受她的決定。

江秀潔:意義深遠流傳

江秀潔表示,她成為器官捐贈者後,會積極和家人及朋友分享捐贈器官的意義,也呼吁更多人加入“遺愛人間”的行列。

她說,人死後留下的肉身,會隨著時間流逝而腐爛,把仍有功能的內臟捐贈給有需要的人,讓亡者的愛永留人間,意義深遠流傳。

丘兼財:樹立好榜樣

丘兼財表示,他決定成為一名器官捐贈者,並希望為孩子樹立一個好榜樣,並寄望下一代本著慈愛精神,對社會作出更棒的貢獻。

他說,他覺得男性較少成為器官捐贈者,可能是受到傳統觀念約束。他會以身作則,大力宣傳捐贈器官的意義。

卜小婷:為周虹伶義舉喝彩

卜小婷表示,她為周虹伶的義舉喝彩,如果換作是她遇上有緣人(病患),她也會像周虹伶一樣,無私捐贈出自己的器官。

她認為政府在器官捐贈課題上宣傳不足,很多公眾人士要成為器官捐贈者,卻不知道要去哪裡索取表格。

李有建:改觀接受捐器官

李有建表示,他本來對器官捐贈感到抗拒,但獲知周虹伶的捐肝行動後,頓時對器官捐贈課題改觀,開始接受這種義舉。

他認為要響應捐贈器官,不一定要簽同意卡,而可向家人說明,日後自己去世了,由家人處理器官捐贈的事情。

星洲日報/大霹靂‧2009.04.29

(Metro Edition) Thank you for your liver… here

“謝謝你捐肝救我”‧李安祺好好活下去

2009-04-30 08:00

“我就是那個13歲的女生,謝謝大家的關心!”

獲得周虹伶捐肝救命的女主角──李安祺,以感恩的心,樂觀的人生態度,積極生活。她和家人都感激救命恩人周虹伶

安祺在去年6月被診斷患上肝癌和進行化療後,以為人生路就這麼坎坷,就在她失望之際,有一個陌生人,竟然願意捐出她的肝,以延續其生命。

這種大愛的表現,讓安祺和其家人非常感動,他們祈禱安祺可以“重生”之餘,更祝福這位大愛人物可以儘快康復,此大恩大德銘感五內。

一場病學會惜福

今年已14歲的李安祺在過去的10個月內,經歷了人生重重的考驗,從被證實患病、進行化療和到新加坡動手術,她都勇敢面對一切挑戰,也因為這場病,讓她學會重視和珍惜生命,也比以前更懂得惜福。

安祺是在今年1月到新加坡進行肝移植手術,手術後,她和母親繼續在新加坡居住,以方便每週回到醫院複診。直到4月9日,獲得醫生首肯後,她才得以回返蕉賴住家休養。

在父母細心的照顧中,安祺的身體已在康復中,之前因化療而下降的體重,也在休養期間慢慢回升。

少艾時期,最注意儀容,而安祺最寶貝的是一頭烏黑頭髮。不過,早前因為化療而脫落,但現在頭髮和眉毛已逐漸長回,而且眉毛和眼睫毛還比以前來得濃密,這令到她很開心。

李安祺:我一定要撐下去

“我知道患肝癌很辛苦,很危險,但是我告訴自己一定要撐下去!”

堅強的安祺面對病魔折磨時,並沒告訴甚麼朋友。在生病休學期間,班上同學也不知道她患病,所以就算今年6月可以再回學校上課也必須就讀新班級,安祺也是一副無所謂的樣子,但也更顯示出她希望早點回到群體生活的願望。

目前,李安祺除了在家修養身體外,偶爾會玩電腦遊戲,偶爾也會翻閱學校課本,而她最喜歡翻閱的就是自己最喜歡的英文課本。

詢及出國旅遊經驗時,李安祺對韓國之旅最為難忘,除了是可以親身體驗化雪外,也在當地吃了不少道地食物,讓她至今仍回味不已。

周虹伶捐肝
李安祺一家感動開心

家中有病女,一家人都陷入低潮,每天祈禱孩子少一點痛苦。直至安祺獲得周虹伶捐肝,可以延續生命時,安祺一家人又感動又開心。

安祺的媽媽蕭美英指出,他們很擔心安祺就這樣走了,所以獲悉有熱心人士捐肝時,他們真的非常感恩。

“我們並不認識周虹伶,但是她真的很有愛心,我的想好好感謝她。”

她說,安祺是在去年新年後即開始生病和嘔吐,經過多次求診後,始發現女兒的肝部腫脹,之後更證實患上肝癌。為了照顧女兒,她馬上辭去書記工作,把全副精神拿來照顧女兒。

那時候,醫生建議先為李安祺進行化療,先讓肝消腫後,再看是否能切除被感染的部份,但化療後卻發現李安祺的肝已多幅度受感染,只有移植肝才是唯一的解決方案。

電郵求捐肝

蕭美英說,當時,一家人都很無助,也曾經想透過報章向公眾求助,惟安祺不願意,最後還是決定採用電郵方式,呼吁公眾捐肝,並在郵件中註明捐贈者的血型必須是0型。”

她說,電郵開始轉發的首週即收到一名來自檳城神父願意捐肝的回應,於是她和丈夫就北上和神父聯繫,和前往醫院進行身體檢驗程序,以確保捐贈者的健康程度。而該神父的身體健康雖符合標準,但卻因種種因素而無法進行移植手術。

同一時間,蕭美英和丈夫也陸續接到多名自願捐贈者的回應,他們也多次和捐贈者見面和陪同他們前往醫院驗血,最後醫生選了三個捐贈者,其中包括29歲的周虹伶

醫生決定安排周虹伶捐肝

蕭美英說,原本醫生原訂移植肝給李安祺是另有他人,惟對方的姊姊在最後一分鐘反對,所以醫生決定安排周虹伶捐肝。

她說,該捐贈者很熱心,雖然他最終沒有進入手術室,可是他選擇在手術室外陪同他們度過難熬的手術時刻。

“安祺在手術後進入加護病房住了一週,直到醫生確定她度過危險期後,再讓她轉到普通病房,隨後也讓她出院,惟必須居住在新加坡範圍,以方便每週兩次的複診。”

她指出,在李安祺於新加坡留院期間,她和丈夫把兒子李明俊交托給親友照顧,丈夫則因工作關係被迫新馬兩地跑,只有她在新加坡全程陪伴安祺。

星洲日報/大都會‧2009.04.29

The Star 30/4/2009
Ex-TV host donates liver to teenage girl… here

Thursday April 30, 2009

Ex-TV host donates liver to teenage girl
Other News & Views

A former television show host has donated part of her liver to a 13-year-old girl after she learnt about the girl’s plight on the Internet, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Chew Hoong Ling, 29, whose hearing is impaired in the left ear, donated 60% of her liver to the girl from Kuala Lumpur at a private hospital in Singapore on Jan 14.

The former Selamat Pagi Malaysia host said that initially her mother and friends objected to her intention to donate her organ.

“But a friend told me that once I have made up my mind (to donate), I should not consider too many other things,” she said.

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Friday May 1, 2009

Other News & Views
Compiled by NG SI HOOI, NURBAITI HANIM HAMDAN AND A. RAMAN

>Sin Chew Daily reported that a 13-year-old liver recipient was thankful to her donor, a former television show host, for giving her a chance to live again. Li An Qi would be able to go back to school next month after undergoing the transplant in Singapore in Jan­uary.

Li’s mother said the family was grateful to Chew Hoong Ling for donating part of hers liver though she did not know her daughter.

Chew, 29, whose hearing is impaired in the left ear donated 60% of her liver after learning of Li’s plight on the Internet.

Since this is my blog to record this mission, I am compiling all the news here.

Even St. John Ambulance in Penang has active webmaster!
We salute you… here

We salute you, Ms. Chew Hoong Ling

Webmaster on 29-Apr-2009 18:53
We salute you, not only you are St. John Ambulance of Malaysia, National Staff Officer (Admin), but your kind and sincere in service for mankind!

Although it was few months back, again, Sin Chew Daily reported your kindness in today’s newspaper.

Ms. Chew Hoong Ling donated 60% of her liver to a 13 years old girl who suffered from liver cancer, whom the girl has no relatives connection to her, the girl is totally a stranger to Ms. Chew.
Reported in the news, the girl who came from Cheras Kuala Lumpur, was looking for any potential liver transplant on internet. Ms.Chew who came across with the news online, decided to lend her a hand. It will required you to have a huge bravery when you wish to donate your organ to other people, furthermore, to someone unknown to you. But, Ms. Chew did it.

Today, a life of a 13 years old girl has been saved because of your great kindness and bravery. You make us proud, as a volunteer of St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM), you demonstrate the greatest in service for mankind.

Updated: Reader’s View on Sin Chew Daily… here

無私的大愛精神

2009-05-01 12:21

“吉隆坡蕉賴康樂花園一名13歲小女生,希望找到適合的肝臟進行移植。她去年六七月間被醫生診斷患上肝癌。醫生要求她家人為她進行肝臟移植手術。”

周虹伶看到這篇求助的文,決定捐肝給這名小女生。

4月29日從星洲日報閱讀到這則新聞,令我非常感動,原因是:

一、周虹伶與小女孩非親非故,卻願意冒著性命危險,將肝臟的60%捐給對方。記得不久前,曾有一位婦女向家人求救捐獻器官,結果家人都以各種藉口加以拒絕。相比之下,令人覺得周虹伶那無私精神的偉大。

二、花樣年華的周虹伶,有好看的外表,活躍於社團活動,於2002年至2004年受邀主持《大馬早安》節目;相信她也是一位追求完美人生的女性。捐肝手術在她的肚皮留下一道14寸長的疤痕;然而,她並未因此感到後悔,令人更加欽仰她的內在美。

星洲日報向來注重“導人向善”的新聞報導,周虹伶的大愛精神,讓人對生存的意義有所領悟,有助消除近日來因為豬流感新聞所帶來的壓抑感受。

星洲日報/溝通平台‧讀者:陳忠光‧2009.05.01

Hmmm many people asked me HOW ARE YOU NOW?
100% recovered?

The below are just a few photos taken about two weeks after the liver donation

The scar?

I have measured the scar – is a total of about 14 inches. Now the wounds are all dried up and I will post latest photos soon.

Any recommendations to reduce the scar?

Hmmmm I never thought an operation to save a life has got to change my life so much. Many things happened before, during and after the operation to donate part of my liver to An Qi.

BEFORE:
I asked how long should the operation takes and the answer came – about 10 days. Well, is literally that – 10 days but I never expected I needed such long rest. So I sms-ed my boss to apply for 10 days leave for this mission – naive enough to think 10 days and that’s it, I can work right after! My boss knew better and he has expected 2 months.

It took tests after tests to confirm I can donate my liver. First test was done in BP Lab in Subang but alas, the doctor couldn’t find my left kidney! A second test done in Taipan came to be the same and I had the third ultrasound test in Cheras branch and confirmed – I have no left kidney! DISCOVERY!

I have a right kidney which is a duplex kidney and is about 12 cm big (normal ones are 10cm in size). I prefer to call this my TURBO ENGINE! I have to take care, drink lots of water and preferably do annual tests on the urine.

The tests include chest X-Ray, ultrasound, blood and urine tests.

After a few days, the results came in – mine matched!

Travelling to Singapore for a complete check – 10 days. Again, urine and blood tests done, chest X-ray again, ultrasound, too and this time a new test – CT scan. They poke something to my left wrist which has a valve to allow injections to my body during the scan. I was told to hold because it will be a little painful.

Since this is a liver scan they will need to inject fluids to my body very quickly. I drank 3 cups of water and then when the injection came – the excrutiating pain on the wrist was still clear in my mind. I screamed “Argghh…!” and I could feel the fluids flow to my body – going through all over and even flowing to the legs and all of a sudden my body was numb. I was pushed to the scan machine, asked to breathe in and hold and then the scan was done.

By the time the nurse actually said , “You can get up now,” I was still numb and thinking of the pain.

This is the first time in my life having so many injections, blood sampling and so many pokings to my hands, wrists and well…. all these within a month. And then, what more disgusting, I had to carry a container and store all my urine for 24 hours into it – to test whether my kidney functions normally.

hmmm… then a doctor to explain the procedure, risks involved – 0.5%-1.5% risk of death and 15% risk of infections.
Charges: SGD 150

Then psychiatrist interview to confirm I am making this decision under clear awareness. 15 minutes chat with memory tests, maths tests….
Charges: SGD 300

After that, a lawyer – to confirm no trade of organ involved because trading of organ is prohibited by law in Singapore. A signature on the paper after understanding the clauses.
Charges: SGD 100

I was made to understand that my medical tests cost about SGD 10,000 while An Qi’s cost SGD 20,000. So, you better not get sick – else ensure you have enough cash for the coverage.

Then an interview by the etiquette committee – they interviewed both me and An Qi’s father as well as the doctors involved. The interview is to ensure that a transplant is really needed and that the doctors do not screw your money by just saying a transplant is needed. It is also to ensure that we do not trade organs and that we understand the procedures well.

So…. at last, date of operation fixed on the 2nd January 2009. Phew…. I was relieved. At the time of announcement of the date, An Qi was already hospitalised due to high fever. So I visited her before leaving Singapore.

I have fears with me. Is the first time I am doing this and I still do not know what is the outcome. However, for the sake of the little girl, I have to appear strong. My jovial and humurous manner reduce my tension and of course laughters also helped ease the stress in the Lee family.

When I saw An Qi before I left, her aunt broke the news to her mom saying operation date is fixed. Her mom immediately turned to me and said “I really do not know how to thank you.” I myself was stunned by the response and felt like crying but I stayed strong.

Towards the end of December, the blood bank has got not enough blood for standby so the operation date was delayed to 12th January. I rescheduled my tasks and was able to clean my room and the kitchen before I leave to Singapore again.

We reached Singapore and again blood tests were done. Never in my life so much blood taken and pokings were done to my body.

DURING:
My mom and aunt came to accompany me. They arrive in the wee hours of the morning of the day I was supposed to be hospitalised.

In the hospital, we had
1. Orientation – we visited the ICU, the rooms and the nurses ensure we know what to do and the procedures.
2. Pain management brieifing – explanation on the use of PCA
3. Anaesthetic briefing
4. Physiotherapy briefing
5. Surgeon briefing
6. Shaving of all the “bulu” at the abdomen part

Actually the tension and fears getting higher at this point of time although I tried to keep myself calm. Then all of a sudden my mom asked if I would like to go shopping. So I requested the doctor to allow and there we were in Bugis Junction. I bought more than SGD300 worth of G2000 clothes – new clothes for 2009 – XeerSoft sales, here I come with NEW CLOTHES!

We came back to hospital at about 6.00pm. I was advised to bathe with a pre-operation antiseptic at night and in the morning from head to toe. My second aunt and Rudi came to visit me at night. Right before they came in, the nurse has pumped soap water to help ensure I have a clear intestine before the operation. So within minutes, I rushed for the toilet as soon as my aunt stepped into my room….. then in the toilet, I heard Rudi’s voice.

While we were chatting, I can feel my stomach grumbling and bowels moving but I held on… after they leave, before I slept, I went to toilet once again and had a smooth business in the toilet in the morning.

I wonder why the nurse asked if I can sleep and if I needed sleeping pill. I guess most donors have sleepless nights but my shopping (especially when my mom said buy as many as you want and she will pay) has ease my tension a lot – I slept very well that night.

The next morning the nurse woke me up at 6.00am. I bathed, brushed my teeth and wore the gown they gave. As I afraid of cold – I had another T-shirt on and a jacket. When the trolley bed came in, I knew it’s TIME!

They asked me to remove the T-shirt – only the gown allowed so I did. I slept on the bed – my mom and aunt came in time to follow me along the path to the operation theater. I was glad to have my mom and aunt came for support. Without them, I am sure I wouldn’t have stood so strong.

I was pushed to the waiting area then to another waiting area NEAR the opeation theater where I have to part with my loved ones there. I was nervous and shivering. I wonder was it the cold temperature or was it due to my fears. Nurses ensure me it was the temperature so they gave me almost 3 plies of blankets!

When I was pushed to the operation room – it was so cold that I shivered even more. The doctors immediately poke my left wrist again just like the one they used for the CT scan. Then I repeatedly said it was cold and warm blankets were brought in again. I still manage to ask the doctor, how long will it take for me to doze off. 10 seconds… so I counted… one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten…. hey.. hmmm “Doctor!” I shouted…”is already more than 10 seconds!” The doctor was suprised and said “Aiyo, not that one la, I haven’t inject anything… You want to sleep is it? OK this is the one” So he gave 2 injections and I counted one, two, three… and dozed off…

When I woke up, all I knew was that I was being pushed towards the ICU – I saw my mom and aunt on my left and my first words “I am very COLD!!!” The pain management button was placed on my right hand and someone told me to press it if I feel pain. Since it was really very painful, all I knew was to press and press and press and press….. But I was so drowsy I dozed off.

By the time I woke up, I was in the ICU. Two days later I was moved to the general ward. Then discharged on the seventh day.

AFTER:
I bet I am FREE! I saved a life and I already achieved my mission!

Little did I know the life changing part was my DIET! While doctor said I can eat anything as long as they are low fats and low salt, the Chinese believe that is best to avoid certain foods for faster recovery.

I can’t eat chicken meat from a rooster… no eggs, no spicy foods…
ginger
dark soya sauce
yam
ducks
small fish
fishes with no scales
beef, lamb
seafoods – crabs, abalone, prawns are all NO NO!
anything which are seeds and nuts or made of it
liver is NO NO – not that you eat liver to recover your liver OK?

Yes foods – Ikan haruan, fruits and vegetables, pork, bird’s nests always a welcome…
I had to call my “supervisor” (my second aunt) to consult what I can eat and what I should not take everytime I want to eat something.

Another life changing part is to know how much people care about me. It was really touching to know that I have supporters and so many visitors came. My aunts took care of me so well. Since I cannot bathe, they have to help me clean my back and then I clean the rest of myself.

The most unforgettable one is when I can dine with my Dad and Mom on the same table after more than 20 years. My mom came before my Dad but both of them met while I was in ICU. So, I guess future dinners on the same table shouldn’t be a problem.

I also appreciate the brakes applied to my life – as I live life so fully, I missed many opportunities to slow down and appreciate, relax and reflect on happenings in my life. I also took the opportunity to resign from many organisations I joined and now focus on my life. If not for this operation, I do not know when I could apply brakes to my life and start appreciating moments of life.

I learnt to love myself more – especially in health. I have seen with my own eyes how much money spent for the operation – estimated more than RM500,000 spent for An Qi. I believe health is important and I must take actions to protect it. I have also increased my insurance policy premiums for higher coverage.

I am privileged and honoured to have visitors and more visitors when I am back to “tanah air”!

I travelled to Teluk Intan right after I touch down. The next day, Ling Hooi, Pei Ting and Shu Ying came to visit. The next day all friends of my batch came – I had Ai Chuen, Wai Kheng, Karen, Jenny and bf, Suet Sze, Wai Theng, Hoon Koon, Nusrat (Dr.) and Shiao Chin came. It was the first time my house was filled with visitors. Every year, I visited their homes and collected angpaus but this is the first time they came.

I sms-ed Shiao Chin that I was back to TI, she immediately replied she will bring the whole kampung to my house. And yes, she did! Since we have Dr. Nusrat in the “kampung”of friends, she became the advisor and consultant – everyone asked her questions regarding my operations.

On the second day of CNY, I went to Ipoh. In the morning at 7.00am, I woke up to prepare as the producer for Malaysia Hari Ini (TV3) will call me at 7.30am for a live interview on the show. At 7.20am, the call came and we have almost 10 minutes chat live on TV. I appreciate the chance to promote organ donation and the joy of giving.

The next day, my colleagues Elaine, Voon Pin and Allen came. Sharon and Alicia – An Qi’s aunts also came. Then my aunt who stay in Ipoh also came with my both cousins and my cousin’s gf.

At night, my 2 grandaunts and a granduncle came to see me, too. Then, when Ying Ching travelled back to Penang from Teluk Intan, her husband and her took the trouble to drop by and visited me.

Then the day after I also had Mr Kok, one of Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat’s secretary came to visit as he stays near Gopeng. In the morning, Amy – publisher for Money Compass business magazine so happened to be in Ipoh and came for visit, too!

I just got a call from Alicia – An Qi’s aunt. She said her father insisted to visit me and so they will need to fetch him here. So tomorrow I will have visitors, too.

THANK YOU and my appreciation is to all supporters and all visitors. My house now has Essence of Chicken, Essence of Ikan Haruan, Bird’s Nests in Rock Sugar, Cordyceps Soup in bottle, 2 big hampers.

THANK YOU but if anyone reading this blog and planning a visit – come in BODY, no presents/gifts required. I appreciate enough visits and all your support.

During my journey to the mission of life saving, it was really touching knowing that I have so many supporters for the mission.

I remembered that when I signed the organ donation pledge form, it came to my mind that I would also donate organ if someone needs it when I am alive. Therefore, the decision to donate liver to An Qi was an easy one.

However, when I made the decision, a lot of mixed reactions arised. When almost 80% urged me not to do it, I took the courage to consult a friend regarding my feelings and how I am in doubt of whether to donate my liver or not. After some advise, my decision was firmed and even though I had a lot of challenges, the decision was made and firmed.

Lesson learnt: Make the decision, follow it firmly and never look back.

During the journey, there were so many family members who supported and came to take care of me. My friends, too. My second aunt who was working in Singapore came everyday to see me until she left Singapore to Malaysia for Chinese New Year preparations.

My aunt and mom also planned their trip to Singapore. My Dad, too, of course! My friends in Singapore and family members also gave support although I still felt there were some rejections to the idea.

First day in the ICU, someone sent in flowers and fruits. Although they cannot bring it in the ICU room but they showed it to me through the window. And the delivery order came – it was Mr Tan Kok Poh who sent the flowers. He was one of my best supporter although I knew him for only less than 2 weeks.

Then after I discharged from ICU and transferred to general ward, I have Abraham suddenly came in to my room with sunflowers.

Lesson learnt: Flowers are important to bed-ridden patients – when you can’t move, flowers are only things you can see and it got cheerful with it especially with colours and knowing someone cares.

Although my Dad and Mom divorced more than 20 years ago, this was the FIRST TIME ever I saw both of them together. After that when I travelled to Ipoh on the second day of Chinese New Year, I forced them to sit and dine together. Then I took the opportunity to take this picture!
My second aunt and uncle came with a hamper of bird’s nest.
Then after a while, someone in black who looks like one of the male nurses came in through the door. The patient next to me in my room has been discharged so everyone who walks through the door was definitely my visitor. Then I noticed a pair of sunglasses on his head so this definitely is not a nurse. Then, another familiar face entered and followed by the third person, I figured out…. hey XeerSoft staffs! YinRu, Elaine, Allen, G and Daryl came to visit and it was a pleasant surprise. They drove all the way from KL starting their journey at 2.00am!

The booster: a surprise visit and a XeerSoft card full of signatures!

One day I was tired and fast asleep. When I woke up, I saw a note next to my handphone. I quickly raised my bed and reached for the paper. The note says “Chew, we were here but you were asleep. Call us when you wake up – we will be right at the lobby. Iewi 2.00pm” – a glance at the clock – 2.10pm – that was 10 minutes ago so I called Iewi. Iewi and Michael – both my very good buddies and supporters came to see me.

Danny came to join Iewi and Michael but then nurses came in to sponge me and I was tired – it was time to sleep. So they left.

The next day, Danny and Rudi came. I was getting better so when they came with lots of jokes and laughters, I could take it although it was a little stretching on my mercedes scar when I laughed.

Throughout the 7 days in hospital, I have endless sms-es, calls and of course visits from An Qi’s family members – father, Mr Lee – mother – aunt, Sharon and Alicia – all came to me. When both An Qi and I were fit to walk, An Qi came to my room very often, too!


This is Lee An Qi and I. 60% or about 500grams of my liver is in her body now. Dying of cancer, this 13-year old girl must get her whole liver removed and replaced with a new one. So after tests and more tests, it was found that my liver matches hers. So surgery was done on the 14th January 2009.


Next to me is An Qi’s mother and father. We are now like family and I am grateful to have a new family in life. It was so touching when her mom repeatedly say thank you to me and how my mom said that An Qi’s mother always say ‘We are lucky we have your daughter willing to donate her liver’.


After surgery, I had tubes all over me. Note something colourful hanging over my neck – tubes for the drips, medicines, pain-killers and others. In ICU for the first 2 days I also had my left wrist with wires for measurement of blood pressure. I also had a tube through my nose going all the way to the stomach for removal of gas and acids from stomach. Oxygen for breathing also introduced tubes to my nose. On my left hand was provided a Nurse Call button and on the right, the pain-killer release button – to release pain-killers when I am in pain.

I also had another tube to remove fluids from my body – note the picture above – the tube was then removed and replaced with a small bag at the right of the lower abdomen. Hmmm…. another tube for removal of urine! Tubes everywhere!

I also thought that having a surgery = reduction in weight. Seems like I was wrong because the tummy stays and the fats content stays. No lipsuction involved, I sleep and sleep and sleep… and eat and sleep and eat and sleep… so expect my weight to grow steadily!


Nurses removed bandages to change the dressings and I took the opportunity to take this picture quickly. I never expected the scar to be this big and long.


The menu – hey this is like a hotel – I get to choose what I want to eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and supper.


This is the tube removed from my neck. I asked the nurse to hold it up for my camera pleasure.

When the tube to remove fluid from my body was slowly being pulled out from my body, I still remember the excrutiating pain! About 10 cm of tube was in my body and by the time nurses removed it, I think the intestines or tissues have grown around it. It was so painful but not at this hole, but inside the body! Phew… it took about 15 minutes for the nurse to remove the tube – lots of deep breath, 3 releases of the pain-killers and almost tears rolling off my cheeks. No stitches needed, and the wound will heal by itself.

Sitting beside Anita Sarawak is an honour. What more to be interviewed by this elegant and charming lady! Anita Sarawak is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever met. Being at this age, still keeping in shape is difficult.

This time I was invited as one of the panel speakers on the topic of organ donation. Being an organ donation activist (a title I start to call myself from today onwards), this is truly an honour. I am not attached to any organisation or clubs focusing on organ donation. In fact, I can find no organisations in Malaysia dedicating to organ donation.

However, as an individual active in various youth activities and being members in many organisations allow me to get involved and start promoting this noble act of donating organs after death. My enthusiasm in organ donation starts when I first read about it and pledged as early as when I was 13. Moved by a story of a young pledger and articles written by monks about the joy of giving, being a Buddhist, that messages push me to sign to pledge my organs.

I have organised various organ donation campaigns and worked closely with the National Transplant Resource Centre. Coming a long way in giving suggestions to improve organ donation rates in Malaysia through my few articles published in news, I feel that Malaysia has grown much in creating awareness regarding this issue.

While blood donation may take about a decade for people to accept the fact that blood donation is a norm and could help save lives, I hope that organ donation will take a shorter time in this technology advanced age.

More can still be done in organ and blood donation. As an individual, I call upon all interested people in this area to help me in the quest of promoting organ donation. Please find my contact details in this website and contact me for further actions in promoting organ donation.

BERSAMA ANITA – ASTRO RIA 7th may 2006 1pm – watch out for Hoong Ling on air!

Date: 12th January 2006 (Thursday)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya
Who: Organised by Lions Club International, District 308B1, Zone 10

Come and get to know more about organ donation and sign up as an organ donor today! Organ Donor Card – Don’t Leave the World Without It!

I am surprised! Last morning I received a call from Ooi Gaik Lean, all the way from Penang. 8am in the morning my phone rang and I thought that must be someone dialling a wrong number but what surprised me was a call from a very enthusiastic lady wanting to know more about Organ Donation.

This is rare gem! Imagine someone waking up early in the morning and call me to talk about organ donation, ain’t this wonderful? Someone who care about the issue and willing to take actions but do not know how.

After a few questions, she actually found me through this website. Cool what internet can do heh? First, I got a call from TV3 to interview me, next a call from Penang. All about organ donation. This means that articles I wrote years ago is an attempt not futile. Cool to know this!

So, ‘What can I do as an individual to create more awareness about organ donation?’ I grew with excitement when Gaik Lean asked about this. I was thinking and finally here is what I can share.

As individual, anyone can start by just signing up as an organ donor AND inform your next of kins about your decision. Next, try to influence your relatives and friends towards this noble cause. As you answer their doubts and questions with open hearts and willingness to share your ‘life’ even after death; you will find strengths and rebuild confidence that your move to become an organ donor is always a definite right thing to do.

Secondly, Gaik Lean suggested a very good idea. She said that all the organ donors should form a small group to help create awareness among people in their community. Gaik Lean, for one, lives in Penang but do not have the resources and materials to start with.

Thirdly, with the use of Internet, I am sure information and technology always go together. With just a click of a button, everything can be automated. I have suggested in my article a few years back, we should automate and make organ donation available online. Imagine an article written in 1999 and no one in Malaysia has make that move yet.

NOT all who have their organ donor card in the wallet make it to donate their organs successfully. Unless you die in an environment where equipments are available to maintain your organs’ ‘lives’, you cannot donate if the organs ceased functions. In this case, tissues like corneas, bones and skin can still be donated. So, the number of organ donor card holders are very important. The more, the merrier!