KUALA LUMPUR - Primary school teacher Mohd Nizam Abdol Manap had to wait 10 years for a kidney transplant but when the day finally came, his hopes were dashed.
The 31-year-old was told that the family members of the deceased donor had objected to the release of the organ.
A dejected Mohd Nizam said: "I wish that family members would not stop organs of the deceased from being donated as this could give kidney failure patients a chance at a better life."
Mohd Nizam said that he was studying in Universiti Teknology Mara in Shah Alam when he had a fever for two weeks and was then admitted into the intensive care unit for eight days.
"I went into a coma for four days," he said at the Taman Keramat Integrated Religious Primary School yesterday.
When he woke up, he was told that his kidneys had failed, apparently due to leptospirosis infection and hypertension, and he had to go for dialysis.
Ahmad Syahrani Shaharir, 37, suffered failure of both lungs in 2011 as a result of primary pulmonary hypertension (iPAH).
"Earlier this year, I was excited when I was told to get ready for a kidney transplant as they had found a suitable donor," he said.