Gift of life: Need to boost Singapore's organ donation rate

Mohamad Fardeen Altaf was only 10 when he was diagnosed with acute liver failure. He was at risk of dying and needed a new liver.
Mr Kamsor Sohor, 50, donated one-third of his liver to save his nephew Mohamad Fardeen Altaf. The 11-year-old was diagnosed last July with acute liver failure.
Mr Kamsor Sohor, 50, donated one-third of his liver to save his nephew Mohamad Fardeen Altaf. The 11-year-old was diagnosed last July with acute liver failure.ST PHOTO: GREGORY MARC LOO
Mohamad Fardeen Altaf, 11, was diagnosed last July with acute liver failure. He was saved by his uncle, who donated a third of his liver.
Mohamad Fardeen Altaf, 11, was diagnosed last July with acute liver failure. He was saved by his uncle, who donated a third of his liver.ST PHOTO: GREGORY MARC LOO
Mohamad Fardeen Altaf, 11, shows the permanent scar from his transplant surgery. The scar measures 26cm by 10cm.
Mohamad Fardeen Altaf, 11, shows the permanent scar from his transplant surgery. The scar measures 26cm by 10cm.ST PHOTO: GREGORY MARC LOO

SINGAPORE - Last year saw the highest number of deceased donor kidney and liver transplants performed in Singapore in a decade, but the overall organ transplant rate still lags behind that of many developed countries.

While broadening the Human Organ Transplant Act (Hota) has included more potential donors, the number of transplants carried out is held back by factors like the strict criteria to donate under Hota and the taboo of death in Asian societies, which hampers discussion of organ donation, said doctors.

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