When Bryan Liu was just two years old, his one and only kidney failed completely. His mother then donated her kidney to him but the transplant was unsuccessful. Now, at age 6, he has finally received a kidney from an anonymous donor.
According to a report in The New Paper, the living altruistic donor, one who is not related to the recipient via family links, is said to be in his late 20s. The operation was carried out on Saturday (July 21) at the National University Hospital and now Bryan is the youngest recipient of the organ.
After the transplanted kidney from his mother failed due to a rare viral condition and had to be removed in September 2009, Bryan had been without a kidney and had to undergo 10 hours of dialysis at home daily to stay alive.
In addition, he had to have regular growth hormone injections and a cocktail of medication to keep his blood pressure under control.
Bryan's mother, Madam Ng had given up hope, although there were people who stepped forward to volunteer their kidneys, but were not successful matches. Bryan's father and his elder twin sister are also unable to donate their kidneys as they have different blood types from his O+ blood group.
However, two months ago, Madam Ng was told a donor had been found. She told The New Paper:
"Finding an altruistic donor for him is like a dream come true. Now he can finally do things he couldn't do previously. We're all very excited that he can finally have a normal life.
"He doesn't need to go to the hospital so frequently anymore. No more tubes in him, no more foreign objects in him.
"There are so many things that he can do now. It's a new life for him with so many things he can look forward to.
"We're really, really very grateful. We didn't think there would be such a person. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for giving Bryan the gift of life. It's also a gift of freedom.
"No words can express our gratitude towards the donor. Thank you for giving my son the gift of life. Thank you..."
Read more in The New Paper today.