Sabah gets its third organ donor


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Feb 2003

KOTA KINABALU: A 21-year-old man who died in an accident became Sabah’s third organ donor after his parents consented. 

The eyes of Donatus Moses of Kg Inabong in Penampang were successfully transplanted to a child and an adult during an operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here on Friday afternoon after he was declared brain dead. 

“His father Moses Damianus and his family despite their grief and pain made a very caring decision to contribute to society in the way they could by donating the organ,” Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Zainul Hamzah said. 

He said Dr Lily Ng, the chief anaesthesiologist and tissue organ procurement co-ordinator, approached Moses with the idea of organ donation at the hospital’s ICU when Donatus was declared brain dead. 

“Moses said he personally had no objections himself and felt it was a very good thing to do but he had to speak to his wife and the rest of his children,” Dr Zainul said, adding the rest of the family had consented. 

Prior to the death of Donatus, family members had seen posters of Sabah’s first two multi-organ donors – the late Raymond Kueh and Datuk Felix Golingi – placed outside the ICU. 

Dr Zainul said that each pair of donor eyes could give sight to as many as 10 or more damaged eyes with the two patients receiving the corneas and the rest having sclera patching. 

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