Former transplant patient joins 13-year-old's mother in public appeal for an organ Felix Wong Ka-cheuk narrowly escaped death in January, when the civil engineer was critically ill with heart disease. As a last resort, his mother appealed to the public to save her son. Two weeks later, a suitable organ was found. The ordeal of Lam Yin-ting, who was diagnosed in late August with dilated cardiomyopathy - a blood-pumping disorder resulting from weakened heart muscle - sounded all too familiar to Mr Wong. The 13-year-old girl could die at any moment unless she finds the right heart. Her mother, Lee Pui-kwan, made a public appeal to save her child last month. But Yin-ting's situation is tricky - she needs a heart to fit her slender 37kg body. Ms Lee yesterday said her daughter was in a stable condition, although her blood pressure dropped suddenly a few times a week. 'My heart drops with my daughter's blood pressure,' said Ms Lee, who added that Yin-ting - who had witnessed younger heart patients pass away during her six-week stay in the children's ward at Grantham Hospital - was 'amazingly strong and optimistic'. 'She prayed with the nurses for those patients and has been the one who cheers me up,' said Ms Lee, who now lives in the Aberdeen hospital with her husband so they can be close to the 13-year-old. Mr Wong, who regularly visits heart patients at Grantham Hospital since his recovery, said he wanted to meet Yin-ting, but her parents turned down the offer to give her more rest. Instead, he passed a message for Yin-ting to the South China Morning Post. 'Don't concentrate on thinking about how long you need to wait before you find the right heart,' he said. 'Think about what you will do after you get a heart transplant. It can be as small a thing as eating a bowl of rice with barbecued pork. In this way, you will be more positive and happier.' The 31-year-old also wanted Yin-ting's parents to know that their daughter was in 'the safest place in the world'. 'She is monitored by a large team of medical staff around the clock. If there is a right heart for her, she will be the first to know.' Mr Wong said that since his near-death experience, he had learned to cherish life and the people around him. He recalled only finding out about his heart disease the day before his wedding in 2003. He said his fiancee decided to marry him regardless and went ahead with the wedding ceremony by herself when he was admitted to St Teresa Hospital in Kowloon City. 'My family has been important to me throughout the whole time,' said Mr Wong, who appealed to the public to donate organs. 'If somebody you know is dying, I hope you will persuade them to donate their organs,' he said. 'If everyone around you is healthy, I hope that you will consider making a will to donate your organs. 'It is not only about saving lives today, but saving lives tomorrow.'