Up close and personal with Chew Hoong Ling - Malaysia

The Malaysia Star | Liz Lee

THERE is an East-Asian belief that blood types, like astrological signs, can be predictive of people's traits. While that would not strike a chord with the scientific-minded, living liver giver Chew Hoong Ling certainly proves to be the optimistic and generous character associated with Type O blood.

Three years ago, Chew made headlines by donating 60% of her liver to a 13-year-old girl suffering from liver cancer. The young girl was a stranger whose plight Chew came across in a forwarded email. Having just glanced through the email, Chew initially thought that she was offering to donate her blood but when the girl's aunt called Chew up to talk about an organ donation, Chew chose not to back down.