11:36am 14/11/2023
Gift of life for six
Family members at the wake of Joan Goh.

KUANTAN: A 37-year-old woman declared brain dead by the doctors donated organs and tissues to give six other people a new lease of life.

Family members signed consent form for the doctors to perform an operation on Joan Goh to retrieve a pair of kidneys, a liver and a pair of cornea for organ transplants at Sungai Buloh Hospital on 2 November.

Goh’s mother, sisters and son said she was a caring person and they were proud that she had helped others in a different way.

Goh’s sister said she was having a headache and vomited, prompting her to seek medical treatment at a private medical centre in Kuantan on 28 October.

Goh, who is running Kedai Ubat Aw Teck Chuen in Kuantan with her husband, was transferred to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital and then Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Her heart stopped. The doctors managed to resuscitate her but later found that she was brain dead.

The doctors then approached her family members for possible organ donation.

“When we were told that her life could be extended in a different way through organ donation, we agreed to let her be an organ donor,” said the sister.

Goh was the sixth organ donor at Sungai Buloh Hospital since 2016.

The family was informed that one of the organ recipients made good progress after the transplant.

Goh’s mother found solace learning about the positive response from one of the recipients.

Following his mother’s footsteps, Goh’s son said he would also consider pledging his organs.


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