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Act of love: Singapore man donates part of his liver to dying mum

He donates part of his liver to dying mum in a first-of-its-kind surgical technique

Published on May 11, 2014 8:26 AM

Two months ago housewife Lee Kim Mui was in dire straits.

Because her liver was failing, her heart, kidneys and other organs were shutting down one by one. Her only hope was a new liver, but her husband and three adult children had been ruled out as donors.

As she lay jaundiced, swollen and barely alive in intensive care at the National University Hospital, her only son Wilson Wong, 29, pleaded with doctors to reconsider him as a donor even though earlier tests had shown that giving to his mum would leave him with too little of his own liver.

After intense discussion and planning, the transplant team decided to go ahead, modifying the operating technique to salvage enough of the organ for both mother and son.

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