Donating organs makes good sense

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 May, 2012, 12:00am


Recently, I read about Carman Ho, the 30-year-old woman killed in a traffic accident who was an organ donor.

Six people received organs from her and three are well on the way to recovery.

According to Chinese tradition, it is normal to bury or cremate a body intact. However, I think this is wrong and meaningless.

Organs can quickly retain their functions after being transplanted. Burying or burning them with a body is a waste when thousands of very sick people are waiting for organs so they can live healthy lives.

In my opinion, Hongkongers should rethink some of their traditional views and embrace the idea of organ donation. It might make your death more meaningful and you would still be respected by your descendants.

Timothy, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Timothy. You are absolutely right. It is time for a change in the way we think about burial or cremation.

The issue of organ donation is, thankfully, very far from our everyday lives. But it only takes a moment to realise that if it were your friend, your sibling or your parent in desperate need of a kidney, you would really hope that someone had had the foresight to make it known that their organs could be used.

Just last week, Facebook added a function to allow people to look for suitable organ donors, or for users to donate their organs. This is a good thing, generally, but hopefully it will not become a black market for donated organs.

I cannot help worrying that we will see a repeat of the story of the mainland teenager who sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone. He is 17 years old and his remaining kidney failed. It is a decision he will regret for the rest of his life - however long it might be.

Susan, Editor