Muslim child organ donor is Penang's first

PENANG - An 11-year-old who died in a road accident has made history - Aliah Sofea is the first Muslim child in Penang to have her organs harvested, The Star reported.

On Aug 11, she was killed in a road accident while walking to a sundry shop.

Her mother, Ms Siti Tahirah Sheik Daud, 38, then consented to her daughter's heart valves, liver and kidneys being harvested by the National Transplant Resource Centre.

She said: "My family members were initially surprised (about the decision), but they later agreed."

The centre's northern region transplant coordinator Pakiam Chelliah said that of the more than 400 organ donors handled by Penang Hospital, 26 were Muslims.

The New Straits Times quoted Ms Siti Tahirah, a factory worker, as saying: "I accept that Aliah Sofea is no longer with us, but I am happy that in death, she has helped others."

The girl's kidneys were transplanted in two children and her liver went to another child, reported The Star.

Her heart valves will be donated to a child about her age.

Ms Siti Tahirah said: "I hope those who received her organs will make the best of their lives and do good to others."

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