I just want to begin by saying that I am happy extremely thankful to be here. I know the statistics are about 1% for a person to receive organ donation especially in Malaysia.
I was born with Biliary Attresia. At 7 weeks old doctors told my family members to bring me back and give me a good happy life. That wasn't really helping.
I had a kasai operation at 7 weeks in UH/GH KL and survived till I was 30 before I had my liver transplant.But growing up was not easy, I was lucky in many ways, but it was not easy. My dad once told me I might not live past 12. I took it like a man. And like what any man would do... I went to school and bragged about it.
I think I was still young but despite all the bad news and negative outlook, I had hope. Everything was normal. The thing with liver disease or deterioration is.. it happens slowly and you don't really notice it until it gets too late. Just like most defects in our body. we don't know how bad it is till it is too late.
I will not go into the things that happen to me but I can say that towards the end, I kind of know that if I don't get a new liver, I will die.There was definitely pain & suffering towards the end, not only to me but towards the people beside me but I would like to think that we faced it with hope and lots of love from everyone.
Thankfully, last year I was given a second chance in life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the surgeons, doctors and nurses in hospital Selayang for everything. I mean, literally everything. I was fragile and I needed help. They helped me.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my mother. My dad passed away when I was 19, she was the rock in my life. She was always there for me. She would drop everything in a minute's notice just to be there by my side. In all those times I was in and out of the hospital and in all those years... she never once dropped me. No matter how bad the situation is, she will be there for me.
I'm just glad she didn't bring me back and give me a good happy life when I was 7 weeks old. :)
Everyday since the transplant is a blessing. I look at things differently, value things differently, enjoy the small things like freedom, family, friends, love. I don't accumulate A LOT OF materials now, I accumulate experiences.
We work so hard to give the best things to the people we love but we should always remember to give them experiences to remember by being there for them when they need us.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the person who gave me this new liver. Whoever he/she is, I just want to express my gratitude. Because of their sacrifice I am able to stand here and do the things I do. So today I stand here before you not only as myself but also as another. Everything I do today, they made it possible and I only hope I can make them proud.