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Girl's liver donor is an unknown 'uncle'

Man in his 40s only the second in S'pore to give liver to stranger

Published on Mar 5, 2014 8:39 AM
Phyllis with her mother, Madam Joanne Ng, in hospital, where she was preparing for surgery. She is holding a card she made for her donor to thank him for giving her part of his “precious liver”. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

He has never met her, yet he will go under the knife today so that a 10-year-old child will have a chance to live a normal life.

The unnamed man is the second person in Singapore to donate part of his liver to a total stranger. The first, cabby Tong Ming Ming, volunteered part of his organ to civil servant Toh Lai Keng in March last year.

Phyllis Poh, a Primary 5 pupil at Bedok Green Primary School, found a donor after her older brother, Skye, expressed a wish to The Straits Times in November that someone would give an organ to her. Two men came forward, and one of them, who is in his 40s, was a match.

Skye, 12, himself had a liver transplant from his mother in February last year. He went on to complete his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) the same year, though he missed months of school.

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