Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Siti Salmah Jasni, Multiple Organ Recipient Dies


Siti Salmah Jasni, the country’s first double organ transplant recipient who underwent a heart and lung transplant on Nov 2, died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here today.

Siti Salmah, 18, died at 5.40am in the Intensive Care Unit, an IJN spokesman said.
Her family has taken her body to Kulai, Johor, for burial, he told Bernama.
Siti Salmah, who suffered from pulmonary hypertension since she was five years old, received a donor heart and lungs after a family of a woman who was killed in an accident in Kedah agreed to donate the vital organs.
After the transplants performed by a team of IJN specialists, Siti Salmah was reported to have shown positive progress from day to day.

Doctors removed the respiratory tube yesterday but had to place her on the life-support system again in the evening as the transplanted organs could not function on their own.
Siti Salmah’s condition became critical and her blood pressure started to drop sharply before she breathed her last.