Friday, July 31, 2015

A nightingale's gift of life for five

Asia One | Crystal Chiam Shiying, Christopher Tan and Ong Yu Bin

GEORGE TOWN - Teenager Carmen Mark may have passed away but she continues to live on - in her boyfriend's heart as well as through five people who received her donated organs.

Carmen died on Tuesday, 25 days after she collapsed suddenly at Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic where she was studying nursing. Carmen, a former student of Penang Chinese Girls High School, was 18.

A few days after she slipped into a coma on July 3, following an arterial rupture in her brain, her boyfriend Shaun Teh posted a photograph of her on Instagram and wrote that she was "the nicest and sweetest girl in the world".

For almost a month, the 19-year-old student clung on to the hope that his girlfriend would wake up from the coma and that they could grow old together.

While he kept vigil over Carmen's condition, Shaun posted touching comments on his Instagram account about her and their almost year-long relationship. Continue reading
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