Toddler hoping for a transplant heart


The parents of two-year-old Wong ZiQin have been waiting for her to come out of a medically induced coma that her doctors put her into last Saturday after her heart stopped and she had to be resuscitated.

Even if she recovers, her father, Mr Keller Wong, 42, said the wait is likely to be long for the heart transplant ZiQin needs to lead a normal life. Born with a congenital heart condition, she has been through five heart operations already.

"She's won all the battles so far, so we hope she will win this one," the freelance web designer told The Straits Times yesterday.

But the number of child organ donors here is low.

Only Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 21 and over who are not mentally disordered are covered under the Human Organ Transplant Act, which makes the donation of their kidney, liver, heart and corneas the default in the event of death. Continue reading
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