Post-mortem report reveals Hui Yi died of heart failure

We'll remember you: Dina (centre) along with Hui Yi's aunt Faridah Sampe (right), cousin Nursyakira Vun Abdullah (left) and her daughters Nursyafiqa and Nursyafinaz paying their last respects to Hui Yi.

BATU PAHAT - A post-mortem report has revealed that miracle girl Tee Hui Yi died from congestive heart failure.

Hui Yi's father Ah Soon, 57, said it did not matter that they were not given details about her death because all the family wanted was to be given time to mourn her untimely passing.

"It is a shame that she is gone especially after she got another chance at life after the transplant," he said at the Chinese funeral parlour at Jalan Fatimah here yesterday.

Both Ah Soon and Hui Yi's mother Dina Bato Sam Bua, 52, were grateful for the hundreds of calls, messages and visits to the funeral parlour by relatives, loved ones and caring strangers.

"I was shocked to see such a large group of people especially on Monday night," he said, adding that all the family could do was pray for her soul.

Hui Yi, 19, who had survived a double heart transplant in 2007, had complained to her parents that she was having back and chest pains at around 7am on Tuesday when things suddenly turned for the worse.

Her body turned stiff and attempts by her parents to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation failed.

She was pronounced dead after being rushed to the Batu Pahat hospital at 10.02am the same day.

Early yesterday morning, a group of officials from the National Heart Institute also paid their last respects to Hui Yi.

IJN transplant coordinator Sharifah Noraida Syed Nom, who was one of the nurses that took care of Hui Yi throughout her transplants and subsequent check-ups, said that many members of the staff were upset when they found out about her death.

"She was a living medical miracle and we will always miss her happy-go-lucky attitude," she said.

Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, IJN cardiothoracic surgeon Prof Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib, who had performed the heart transplant surgery on Hui Yi together with the team that was headed by chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub, said she was the beacon of strength for the team five years ago.