Organ donor's parents meet woman who received her heart
Emotional meeting: (From left) Tan, Lee and Mark embracing each other at Komtar in George Town.
GEORGE TOWN: The moment Mark Kok Wah and his wife Ariess Tan met their new âdaughterâ Serene Lee, they burst into tears.
Lee, a 37-year-old part-time clinic assistant from Singapore, is the recipient of the coupleâs late daughter Carmenâs heart.
âI am happy I have a daughter right now,â Mark said during the meeting at Komtar yesterday during a âGift of Lifeâ programme.
The trio then hugged as family members and close friends looked on.
Among them were Markâs mother Lee Siew Ngor, 73, who had been against the decision to donate Carmenâs organs after her death in 2015.
At the press conference room later, Mark and Tan took turns to listen to the sound of Carmenâs heartbeat using a stethoscope before tearing up again.
âI donât usually cry in public.
âAll of a sudden, Iâm very delighted to hear the heartbeat. My daughter is not 100% gone and this is proof that she is still around,â said Mark, a 46-year-old building contractor.
He added that the heartbeat was âvery fastâ.
Tan, 43, said she was happy to be able to hear Carmenâs heartbeat after two years.
âIâm very touched and grateful to Serene for giving us this chance to hear Carmenâs heart,â she said as she wiped away her tears.
Mark had received a Facebook message from Lee last month, expressin g her intention to visit them after she read his Facebook posting about his wish to hear his daughterâs heartbeat.
Lee said she was glad to have summoned the courage to contact Carmenâs parents.
âI have been struggling with my emotions these last two years.
âDaddy Mark and mummy Ariess have been very welcoming. I have always had this yearning to come to Penang.
âI thank God for giving me this new lease on life,â Lee added.
Carmen, a former student of Penang Chinese Girlsâ High School, had secured a nursing scholarship at Nanyang Polytechnic in SingaÂpore in 2015.
However, her joy was short-lived when she fell into a coma in July that year following an arterial rupture in her brain.
Carmen passed away three weeks later aged 18.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng described the reunion as a significant and touching moment.
âI think no words can express the wonderful gift left by Carmen.
âIt lends meaning to her li fe, even though she was only 18,â he said.Related NewsSource: Google News