Time running out for liver patient


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Nov 2003

BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS

JOHOR BARU: The family of a liver patient here is desperately looking for an organ donor after doctors told them that unless the senior bank executive is operated on by Monday, her chances of surviving are “extremely slim.” 

Problems started for 41-year-old Lee Mui Noy when the lower part of her body started swelling in September last year. She was later diagnosed with fibroids, which were removed in January.  

Her twin sister Mui Sim said Mui Noy's condition did not improve after the operation and further checks revealed that she had a kidney ailment. 

Mui Sim holding up a picture of her twin sister in Johor Baru Friday. She is appealing for an organ donor as her sister needs to be operated on immediately.

“The doctor prescribed some medicine but she began to experience lethargy and threw up every time she ate. 

“On our birthday on Nov 10, she was admitted to hospital and doctors said she had jaundice. They also suggested that she be transferred to the Singapore General Hospital, where she was admitted on Nov 14,” Mui Sim said. 

Doctors there told the family that Mui Noy’s liver was badly damaged and she was subsequently transferred to the National University Hospital to undergo liver dialysis.  

“The doctors there told us that she must to be operated on immediately. She is now buying time by undergoing liver dialysis,” said Mui Sim. 

Mui Sim added they are looking for A+ or O+ blood group donors. 

She said her family members could not be donors as they have all been identified as Hepatitis B carriers. 

“With time running short, I appeal to the public to help my sister so that she can continue living,” said Mui Sim. 

She said the surgery would cost S$260,000 (RM570,000) and the family was still raising the money, but the immediate need was to find a donor. 

For more information, call 02-9322 0312 (Meng), 02-9006 3833 (Anna), 02-9457 5386 (Sim) or 02-9615 8145 (Kuang).  

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