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ABOVE: Malaysiakini reported her 1st Transplant but with not much follow up. Its breaking news is for D-Day tomorrow when
Deadline for PKR duo expires tomorrow Soon Li Tsin | Oct 10, 07 12:21pm but up till now
Whistleblowers out in the cold Beh Lih Yi | Oct 10, 07 6:28pm and
ABOVE: The outspoken Dr Toh (Gerakan Penang Exco member & Gerakan Vice Chairperson)
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When the headlines screamed 'Have a heart, Give a heart!' to save a life just about everyone understood that the need was for a heart donor for teenager Tee Hui Yi, who has been surviving on a mechanical heart. Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was quoted as saying: "Sometimes, we look at every issue from the perspective of race and religion. But when it comes to life and death, when there is a child on the operating table, it doesn't matter whether it is a Muslim heart or not."
The same applied to blood; it doesn’t matter if it is Muslim or non-Muslim blood, blood is basically blood and is red. But prejudices prevailed in the donation of organs and there is still the debate over the definition of “brain-dead” and the exact line to draw.
Heart Transplant Girl Hui Yi Off Respiratory Tube
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ABOVE: With a Marker pen and some prompting she wrote the message BELOW: without much effort
and now there is an appeal/request from a 19-year old girl for Donation; anyone with a heart can respond
Girl With Heart Problem Appeals For Donation
KULIM, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- "Every Raya I have never been happy unlike other people because I'm sick," said 19-year-old Siti Zauyah Mohamad. She said doctors at the National Heart Institute (IJN) had informed her that her lungs were in critical condition due to a hole in the heart problem she was diagnosed with when she was a child. She said she was becoming weak and required RM36,000 to undergo a surgery urgently.
"I am now dependent on medication from the IJN since a month ago," she said when met at a function hosted by Padang Serai member of Parliament Datuk Lim Bee Kau for patients with chronic illnesses. Siti Zauyah said she stopped going to school she was at Standard Six and had been working as a cosmetics salesgirl in Taman Petaling Jaya over the past two years. Her father, Mohamad Saad, 62, said: "My earning as a taxi driver and my daughter's salary are not much and we don't know what to do because we cannot afford to pay RM36,000."
He said Siti Zauyah's medical bills were RM2,500 monthly and she also
had to go to the IJN for monthly check-ups. Mohamad who has six other children, said he applied for assistance from the fund for patients with chronic illnesses through the Kulim Social Welfare Department last month and was still waiting for its reply. Meanwhile, Lim said Siti Zauyah's case would be referred to the Health
Ministry for further action. The public can contact the family at No. 127,
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Background to the TWO Transplants
Tee Hui Yi Remains Stable, Moves Her Hand (after 2nd Transplant)
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Bernama) -- The girl with a mechanical heart, Tee Hui Yi, who had successfully undergone a second heart transplant operation at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here yesterday, is now able to react to doctors treating her. The IJN Heart and Lung Transplant Unit Clinical Director, Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib, said Tee, 14, who is now more stable, could move her hand and was trying to talk.
"The whole of last night, Tee was doing well with her new heart and there were not much problems. This morning, Tee had responded when we called her name. "She tried to talk but it was rather difficult as there was a tube in her mouth," he told reporters at the IJN, here Saturday. He said Tee also pointed to her chest when asked if she was feeling any pain.
Dr Mohamed Ezani said Tee was still being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was still using a respirator as she was still weak. However, he said the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, a device that assists the functions of a problematic heart, had been removed this morning. He also said that a surgery was carried out this morning to clean her wounds to prevent infection. Dr Mohamed Ezani said that Consultant Cardiologist Datuk Dr David Chew Soon
On the 39-year-old patient who had undergone a lung transplant at the same time as Tee's first operation, he said the patient was also stable and doctors might take off the respirator from him soon.
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Hui Yi Stable After Second Heart Transplant
Dr Mohd Azhari said they were not happy with Hui Yi's heart beat and her blood pressure was erratic after the first transplant. "We believe Hui Yi's body resistance rejected the first transplant. This rarely happens but it can happen as it happened to Hui Yi though the patient and donor blood was compatible," he said. He said the IJN has been trying since last year for a donor heart and was grateful to God for getting two heart donors in two straight days. Pressed for details about the second heart donor, Dr Mohd Azhari (ABOVE) said: "Please respect the family's privacy at this moment of grief. Please don't enquire the details of who they are."
An English daily reported today the second donor was a mechanic from
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Tee Remains Critical In ICU (after 1st Transplant)
September last year. The transplant team of six cardiothoracic surgeons, six anaesthetists, one physician from the Respiratory Research Institute and 30 paramedics was headed by chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub and clinical director for heart and lung transplants Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib (BELOW) the IJN said in a statement today. The surgery procedures started at and the Batu Pahat-born Tee was wheeled out from the operation theatre to the Intensive Care Unit at today.
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Mechanical Heart' Girl Undergoes Heart Transplant At IJN
ABOVE: Two IJN staff carry two bags of hearts; one of them donated by a patient who died from an accident in Perak. The heart was donated to Tee Hui Yee, 14, who has been spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart.
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National Heart Institute (IJN) here this afternoon. She was operated on by a team of heart surgeons, assisted by special nurses, since last night. After spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart, the 14-year-old received the heart from a 15-year-old donor who was killed in a road accident in
The donor not only donated his heart but also his lungs, liver and kidneys with the consent of his family, he told reporters after being briefed on Tee's heart transplant by IJN's Chief Executive Officer Razif Mohd Yunus and Medical Director Datuk Seri Dr Roba'ayah Zambahari. Dr Chua said the donor's lungs were also transplanted on a 39- year-old patient."Two transplants were done simultaneously today. I can imagine how a dead person can save many patients who are waiting for organs," he said.
Dr Chua said Tee's heart transplant was quite risky as she has been hooked to a mechanical heart powered by a 9kg battery since a year ago. "Since she has been waiting for a donor heart for too long, it has affected her health and appetite," he said. The Batu Pahat-born teenager has been appealing for a donor heart since a year ago as the life span of her mechanical heart will expire in
September next year. Dr Chua said he was happy Tee finally received a heart donour and was thankful to the donor's family who set a very good example in the country. "The family members have asked the donor's name be kept confidential. We respect their wish.
"The donor's family is exemplary. They have noble intentions when they agreed to donate the organs. I hope Malaysians realise if there are no donors, many patients awaiting organs will die," he said. Dr Chua said it was disheartening that despite many fatal accidents occurring in the country every year, the number of organs saved for donation was negligible due to disagreement from victims' families. The nation needs about 1,200 kidneys, 450 hearts, 450 corneas and 200 livers a year to save patients' lives, he said. Thanking the media for the extensive publicity given to Tee's plight, the minister said the publicity blitz had indirectly created awareness among the people on the importance of organ donation.
Dr Chua said his ministry would intensive promotions to boost public awareness on organ donation, particularly in convincing family members or the donor's next-of-kin, many of whom are opposed to organ donation. He said every single procedure in signing up as an organ donor or as a recipient would be done professionally and according to ethics. "One of the problems faced by the ministry is that though many pledge to donate their organs, when they die, their family members object. "Up to June, 108,000 people have pledged to donate their organs. Nevertheless, only 25 people donated due to family objections at the last minute," he said. Their reservations are largely due to religious and cultural reasons though no religion in this country forbids organ donation, he said. Of the 108,000 organ donors, 62 per cent are Chinese, Indians (23 per cent), Malays (12 per cent) and other races (three per cent), he said. Fifty-four per cent of them are women, he added.
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MORE PICS & Video – Inflated RM90M Malaysia 1st Cosmonaut 10-Day Hitch; Dr Sheikh Muszaphar- Current Space fare is US21M (RM70.77M)
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar-
Malaysiakini has the report on the Two double first in the Space flight that carried the 1st Malaysian into Space at an Inflated Space fare of RM90 M(US26.7 M) when the ongoing fare is only US21M (RM70.8M).
Give and take how did the Malaysian angkasawan (cosmonaut) programme ballooned to RM90 Million (figure from Bernama below) when the current Space ticket fare is only RM70.77 Million in Nov 2006? (details BELOW)
There is a difference of almost RM20 Million to account for. Ok there is the extra cost of training two cosmonauts for a full year and the extra for those space experiments & the air fares for the hangers on. Add in a couple of RM Millions, there is still a lot to account for? PAC interested to find out?
And this RM90 million Malaysian angkasawan programme is to offset the agreement between the Malaysian and Russian governments in the purchase of Sukhoi fighter jets costing RM3.4 billion in 2003. So the funds must come from the Ministry of Defence under the charge of our DPM Najib. Another hefty commission for some agent or “someone crossing a stream has wet his feet”?
ABOVE: Before Blast-off and BELOW: Moments after Blast-off
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ABOVE & BELOW: Malaysian hitch-hiker Cosmonaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha in the cram space of the spacecraft. They allow him to take along a portable lab (how many grams?) to carry out some tests in his free time. As a Muslim he wants to take the credit for being the first Muslim astronaut to observe the Ramadan fast and also celebrate Aidilfitri. And he has said at 333km above earth, he wants to be closer to God
First Malaysian Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History
BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha blasted off from here today in a Soyuz spacecraft to become the first Malaysian to go into space in a launch seen as a milestone in propelling Malaysia into a new and exciting chapter in its history.The 35-year-old "angkasawan" (astronaut in Malay), an orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban who has American Peggy Whitson and Russian Yuri Malenchenko for company, lifted off at 7.21 pm (9.21 pm Malaysian time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bearing the flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States. The launch of the spacecraft, which is headed for a docking with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) 333km above the earth, was followed live by millions of Malaysians back home who were glued to their television sets or giant screens placed at strategic locations in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi watched the historic lift-off live on one of the several huge screens set up at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), along with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha and 280 schoolchildren. A breaking-of-the-fast was held earlier at the venue.
The launch was observed here by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis as well as the parents of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor -- Datuk Sheikh Mustapha Sheikh Shukor and Datin Zuraida Datuk Sheikh Ahmad. Coming on the 28th day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the launch holds a special significance for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. He does not have to fast in space but has said that he may want to observe the regime, if possible. He will then take credit for being the first Muslim astronaut to observe the Ramadan fast and also celebrate Aidilfitri, which is likely to fall on Oct 13, in space. For this "angkasawan" and all other Malaysians, the launch could not have come at a more opportune moment -- when the nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence.
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's space venture has been made possible by
The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, has agreed that Dr Faiz participate in the 2008/2009 space mission and has allowed him to continue training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. The Angkasawan Programme is seen as a giant step for
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Will Blast Off For ISS Tomorrow
FIRST ASTRONAUT… Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Sheikh Mustapha, 34, will be the first Malaysian astronaut to blast off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome,
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
Dr Jamaludin also thanked the Russians for having assisted Malaysian scientists in making preparations for the research work to be conducted by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar during his space sojourn. He said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Dr Faiz also addressed the selection panel in Russian. The programme to send a Malaysian to space was conceived in 2003 when
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Malaysian Scientists Confident Of Space
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
The items were reported missing when the scientists arrived at the airport here. "We were assisted by Russian scientists in getting hold of new specimens and back-up tools," he told reporters today. Besides Dr Rahman, other research team members are Prof Dr Ramelah Mohamed and Prof Dr Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman. On the research schedule at the ISS, Dr Rahman said: "As soon as the angkasawan lands on the ISS three days after the take off, Dr Muszaphar will move all the research equipment to a place or incubator and start the first research on protein. "The rest, on cancer cells and bacteria, will start the following day," he said. Research is one of the most important components in the National Angkasawan Programme because it will determine how far the programme is to be considered successful.
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Soyuz TMA 11 Ready For Blast Off
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
The Malaysian media covering the launch of the space mission was today given the privilege for a closer view of the rocket at its launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, one of
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Giant Screen At Dataran Merdeka To Broadcast Angkasawan Launch
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Price Of Space Tourist Flight To ISS Raised By One Million Dollars
by Staff Writers;
Dennis Tito (ABOVE), an American businessman and former NASA scientist, became the first space tourist when he visited the ISS in 2001. He was followed by South African computer millionaire Mark Shuttleworth in 2002 and Gregory Olsen, a
Anousheh Ansari, 40 (ABOVE), a U.S. citizen of Iranian origin and a telecommunications businesswoman, became the first female space tourist this year. Charles Simonyi, 58, a