Giving more of yourself: A journalist’s tale


Journalist Nguyễn Thùy Linh of VTC News registered as an organ donor after several brushes with death, drawing public praise. She spoke with Lê Đình Việt about her decision.

Organ donation in Việt Nam is still very rare due to the Asian tradition that one should “die in one’s original body without any cuts". Nguyễn Thùy Linh’s decision has drawn the admiration and respect of the public.

Inner Sanctum: Was it difficult to make the decision to donate your organs?

I have escaped death twice and have experienced life’s ups and downs. I realise that life is a circle and that we should look out for each other.

I think I have been very lucky in my life, so donating my organs was an appropriate choice. If one day I am unlucky enough to end up brain dead, my organs could save several many other people.

When I was 15, I had a deadly encounter while helping my mother sell food at a shop. I often sat near the wall, but on that occasion, when I stood up to leave, the shop’s wall suddenly collapsed, injuring the middle-aged woman who had been sitting next to me. She suffered a serious brain injury.

If I had been unlucky that time, I would not be here to tell you about it. Continue reading
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