Memorial service for organ donor

PENANG: About 100 people, including former students of Chung Ling High School, are expected to attend a memorial service in remembrance of organ donor Teoh Chit Hwa. 

The service on Saturday will mark the one-month anniversary of Chit Hwa’s death on May 11. 

Organised by Fo Yi Ex-Pupils’ Association, the service will be held at 9am at Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Centre in Jalan Munshi Abdullah here.  

During the service, a Buddhist monk will also deliver a talk on organ donation from the perspective of Buddhism. 

Health Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Lee Kah Choon said superstitious beliefs had been hampering efforts to get people to donate their organs. 

“When the media highlighted Chit Hwa’s noble act, it had created a lot of public awareness on organ donation,” he told a press conference yesterday.  

It was reported that the 19-year-old college student, who died of brain tumour, had donated his tissues and organs to at least 35 people. 

The Penang Hospital will set up a counter to register those wishing to pledge their organs during the service. 

Chit Hwa’s father Chang Aun, 56, said the memorial service was not held to seek more publicity for his son, adding that ”we hope that more people will pledge their organs.”  

For details, call Fo Yi Hae-modialysis Centre at 04-2825367 / 2818102.  

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