Doctor-to-be donates part of his liver to save former primary school teacher


Chin smiling after the transplant surgery.

KUANTAN (Sin Chew Daily/Asia News Network): A doctor-to-be has given his primary school teacher a new lease of life by donating part of his liver to save her.  

Jerome Chin Ze Rong, a 25-year-old medical graduate, donated 67 % of his liver to Leong Fong Peng, his former teacher from Kong Min Chinese primary school in Kuantan.

Leong was Chin's science teacher and her only daughter, Zheng Zi Jing, was also his classmate when they were in year five.

After finding out that Leong had liver problems and needed a liver transplant, Chin volunteered without hesitation.

The transplant was completed in Singapore and both Chin and Leong are now recovering in hospital.

Teacher Leong and her daughter Zheng.

In a Facebook post, Nanyang Siang Pau Medical Foundation said Chin was currently suffering from jaundice but added that his condition would improve once his liver starts to regrow.  

"Chin is breathing on his own and can sit up but still in a bit of pain. He should be able to be discharged in a week. Blood tests show Chin's liver is functioning in Leong's body and there has been no rejection."  

Leong is currently undergoing dialysis treatment until her condition stabilises.  

"The first six months are the most critical period and if Leong's condition remains stable, she can be discharged in one month," read the post.  

Zheng said her mother is currently on life support and her breathing is being aided but doctors said her condition is good. She added that she has also looked in on Chin. 

On the night after the surgery, Zheng wrote on her Facebook, thanking her good friend.

Zheng said Chin's friendship and sacrifice are like a "miracle" and have given her mother a new lease of life.

"The support of Chin and his family makes me realise that love is not only confined within family. Love is everywhere if one is genuine," she said.

"I would never have thought that he would be willing to go this far and be the one who saved my mother's life," wrote Zheng.  

Those who wish to help the patient can donate via account holder Yayasan Nanyang Press at Hong Leong Bank account number 001-001-81032.

You can also click here and specify Leong Fong Peng in the part for comment. -  Sin Chew Daily/Asia News Network

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