Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Saving Lives or Not?

The patient's wife sits in the hospital hoping for a liver donor for her husband
A male patient at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam has days to live after his liver transplant was stopped because it was found the new liver had early stages of cancer.

The operation was aborted, despite the low chances of the patient getting cancer, and now he has slipped into a coma. While his condition is described as "stable", it could change at any time.

The incident has resulted in a debate about the ethics of the medical procedure -- should surgeons still have gone ahead with the transplant? He seems to be in a worse state than he was before he went in for surgery.

However medical professionals said the surgeons did follow the correct protocol, but it seems nothing is being done to rectify the situation and try to find a right match as soon as possible.

Dozens of people have called the hospital to see if they are possible matches, and some have complained to the media that the hospital either didn't get back to them in a timely manner, or don't seem to treat this situation as an emergency.

Hopefully this issue has made people more aware of the importance of organ donation and possibly give them an incentive to live healthy lifestyles.

The patient's wife is terribly distraught, and the family has appreciated the public's interest in helping him. They are strong Christian believers, saying this is "in God's hands" and hope a suitable liver donor will come forward soon.

Is this really how this incident should end? By the same token, there are many patients who die waiting for an organ donation too. There are 94 people currently waiting for a new liver, and only 19 liver donations from deceased donors, 10 from live donors.

It's a sad state of affairs, but we hope an organ donor will save this man's life soon.

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