Murder victim’s organs can’t be donated


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003

BY LEE YUK PENG and THOMAS TAN

MALACCA: Businessman Tseng Chow Chih was heartbroken when told that his 16-year-old son was killed after being assaulted while on his way home on Tuesday. 

Despite the painful news, he wanted to donate the organs and tissues of his son Hsien Tsuan to help save other lives. 

However, Chow Chih's wish was turned down as the schoolboy's death had now been classified as murder. 

National Transplant Co-ordinator Dr Lela Yasmin Mansor said she felt sorry for Hsien Tsuan's family and thanked them for the noble thought. 

“There is a guideline for us to adhere to and we are not allowed to use Hsien Tsuan’s organs and tissues as they can be used as evidence (in court),” she said yesterday. 

Hsien Tsuan, from Pay Fong Middle School, was found in a pool of blood near a Hindu temple in Gajah Berang and died in the hospital here shortly after he was admitted on Tuesday. 

A Good Samaritan rushed the schoolboy from Bukit Serindit to the hospital at 3.40pm when Hsien Tsuan cried for help after he was attacked. 

It is learnt that Hsien Tsuan, who was stabbed in the body with a blunt object, was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital. 

Hsien Tsuan’s father Chow Chih, 44, rushed to the hospital after he was informed about the incident. 

Visibly shaken by his son’s death, Chow Chih said he was prepared to sign the consent form to allow doctors to retrieve Hsien Tsuan’s organs and tissues. 

“My son is gone. I don’t mind if his organs and tissues can help others who need them,” said Chow Chih, a free thinker.  

His wife Choong Hui Min is a Buddhist. 

“It was my wife who reminded me of the possibility of donating our son’s organs and tissues,” said the managing director of a company. 

Chow Chih said he saw a scratch on Hsien Tsuan’s cheek and a deep cut under his left ribs. 

Describing his son as a boy who loved to play basketball and classical guitar, he said Hsien Tsuan could have refused to surrender his wallet, which contained money he earned during the school holidays as a part-time waiter, to his assailants.  

Hsien Tsuan was a smart student who was good in Mathematics and Physics. 

He was said to have attended extra classes in school on the morning of the incident and had gone for lunch with his classmates before the attack. 

Hsien Tsuan is believed to be on his way home when the assault took place. 

Dr Lela said the country recorded a total of 29 donors of organs and tissues last year.  

The National Transplant Resource Centre received more than 130 referral cases throughout the country for possible donation and only 29 donors were successful, she said.  

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