A BUILDING contractor who had a kidney transplant three years ago has urged the public to register as organ donors.
Mohd Sha’aban Wahab, 40, from Tikam Batu in Kedah, said their organs might save or improve another person’s life.
He should know as he had to go for constant dialysis treatment since being diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 17 before receiving the donated kidney in December 2012.
“Now that I have a new kidney, I’m encouraging my family members to pledge and become organ donors,” he said after receiving a certificate from the Penang Health Department as an organ recipient during a recent campaign at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya, Penang, to promote organ donation.
He received the certificate from department deputy director Dr Mohamad Sabri Othman who also gave out a certificate to Chinese physician Wong Yih Jong whose elder brother’s corneas were donated to an 18-year-old boy.
Yih Jong, 48, said his lorry driver brother, Yih Min, fell into a coma following a road accident while riding a motorcycle in December 2013 at the age of 47.
“My brother was in a coma for six weeks before he passed away and we made the decision to have his organs donated to those in need,” said Yih Jong.
Dr Mohamad Sabri said 37,922 people had registered as organ donors in Penang until Aug 31 this year based on statistics from the National Transplant Resource Centre.
“It is encouraging that the total number of registered donors has been increasing since this campaign was launched nationwide in 2010.
“As of Aug 31, 308,299 people nationwide have pledged to be organ donors, with donors aged 21 to 30 years old being the biggest segment at 120,382 people or 39.05% of the total,” he said in his opening speech.
He also said the total number of organ and tissue donors nationwide from 1976 to Aug 31 this year was 553 people.
Visit the National Transplant Resource Centre’s website (www.dermaorgan.gov.my) to find out more about organ donation and to register as an organ donor.