Ming Yi donates kidney to stranger

Ming Yi donates kidney to stranger
RECOVERING WELL: The 53-year-old monk went for an operation on Monday. It is understood that the patient comes from a low-income family.

MING Yi, the former head of Ren Ci Hospital, has donated his kidney to a stranger in need, a report said.

The 53-year-old Buddhist monk went for an operation on Monday, and both he and the recipient of his kidney are recuperating well, evening daily Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

It is understood that the patient comes from a low-income family and does not know the monk.

Venerable Ming Yi has kept a low profile since his conviction for misappropriation of funds and falsifying accounts while he was chief executive of Ren Ci Hospital.

He served four months in jail in 2010 and was removed from his posts at Ren Ci.

Prior to the case, he was well-known for performing daring stunts to raise funds for the hospital.

He remains abbot at Foo Hai Chan Monastery, but is no longer the Geylang temple's charity trustee and president. In the past two years, he is said to have spent a lot of time doing charity work in Thailand.

According to Shin Min, the monk expressed his wishes to become a living donor more than a year ago and went through all the necessary tests.

A devotee, who was not named, told the paper: "He didn't tell anyone, we found out only after the operation."

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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