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Man, 54, is first in S’pore to donate his liver to stranger ILIYAS JUANDA

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Singapore’s first altruistic non-directed liver donor, Mr Lim Kok Seng, holding a card and a bottle of paper cranes from the recipient of his liver, Lim Si Jia. Sixty per cent of Mr Lim’s liver was transplanted into Si Jia by a team from NUH. PHOTO: KOH MUI FOONG

SINGAPORE — A 16-year-old girl received a gift from someone she has never met: A liver transplant from Mr Lim Kok Seng, 54, who became the first donor in Singapore willing to give up part of his organ to a total stranger. And the first thing Mr Lim wanted to know when they finally met about three weeks ago was whether she was healthy. “At least then the pain from the surgery was worth it,” the security concierge said. Sixty per cent of Mr Lim’s liver was transplanted into Lim Si Jia, and the 10-hour surgery was performed by a team from the National University Hospital (NUH) on March 24. Usually, a living donor would know the recipient of his or her organs. For Mr Lim’s case, his non-directed liver donation meant that he did not specify the recipient and it could be donated to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

20% JUMP IN NUMBER OF PEOPLE SEEKING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

CDAC ready to step up worker training, aid as more seek help Chinese community self-help group says it stands ready to assist vulnerable families KENNETH CHENG

[email protected] SINGAPORE — More people turned to the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) to seek financial and other forms of assistance in the first few months of this year, amid turbu-

lent economic conditions and rising layoffs last year. And the self-help group for the Chinese community here said it stands ready to provide vulnerable families with an assistance package that includes financial support, if the economic slowdown worsens. Speaking to the media after the council’s 24th Annual General Meeting yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who chairs the CDAC’s board of directors, said its core programmes reached out to about 20,000

low-income households last year, a 13.5 per cent increase from 2014. The council provided 12,000 lowincome families with financial and other forms of assistance, including its parenting programme last year. This is a 20 per cent increase over the figure in 2014, said Mr Sam Tan, who helms the CDAC’s family workfare and support committee. In addition, the CDAC has seen an increase of 20 per cent in the number of people seeking financial assistance CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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