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by derrick vinesh
Generous heart: Siti Tahirah tearing as she holds up a photograph of Aliah Sofea during a press conference at the Penang Hospital’s Transplant Resource Centre.
GEORGE TOWN: Eleven-year-old Aliah Sofea Amran used to play pretend she was a singer just like her idol Siti Nurhaliza.
Unfortunately, she tragically died in a road accident on the fourth day of Hari Raya on Aug 11 when she was crossing the road to get to a sundry shop outside a relative’s house in Taman Saga, Kulim.
Aliah Sofea may not have achieved her dream of fame, but she will forever be treasured as the first Muslim child in Penang to donate her organs.
After doctors pronounced Aliah Sofea as brain dead, her mother Siti Tahirah Sheik Daud, 38, a factory store worker, consented to have her daughter’s heart valves, liver and kidneys harvested by the National Transplant Resource Centre.
She said although some Muslims were quite sceptical about cadaveric organ donation, she was convinced that it is not wrong to donate organs to those in dire need of them.
“My family members were initially surprised, but they later agreed,” she said in between sobs during a press conference at Penang Hospital’s Transplant Resource Centre here yesterday.
Siti Tahirah, who has three other daughters – Nurul Asyikin, 17, Wardina, 13, and Nur Ain Nadhirah, two – divorced last November and has been raising her children with the help of her mother in their rented apartment in Taman Sutera, Seberang Jaya.
“I hope those who received her organs will make the best of their lives and do good to others,” she said.
The resource centre northern region transplant coordinator Pakiam Chelliah said Aliah Sofea’s heart valves were flown to the National Heart Institute (IJN), while her kidneys and liver were presented to the Selayang Hospital in Selangor.
“I understand that her kidneys were shortly transplanted in two children while her liver went to another child.
“This is the first Muslim child to donate her organs from Penang,” said Pakiam, adding that from the more than 400 organ donors that the Penang Hospital had handled since 1975, 26 were Muslims.
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