Donor's Story: Syafizah
“I was very surprised…I didn’t expect to be a donor because the possibility was only 1 in 20,000. What are the chances, right?”

In 2016, Syafizah received a call notifying her that she was found as a match for someone in need—someone who would likely die without her help. She was preparing for her exams at the time and the donation was likely to be scheduled during Ramadan, a significant religious annual observance regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

 

“I was very surprised…I didn’t expect to be a donor because the possibility was only 1 in 20,000. What are the chances, right?” Syafizah said.

 

Despite having some anxieties about the procedure, it didn’t take her long to commit and make the lifesaving donation. “My friends were all very supportive – telling me to go for it. It’s rare to get the opportunity to save a life, so when it comes along, you have to take it,” said Syafizah.

 

Syafizah’s parents were also very supportive, despite being initially worried for their daughter. Like most people they weren’t familiar with bone morrow donation, and were concerned about possible long-term side-effects.  Only after learning the fact that donors will recover 3-4 weeks after the simple procedure, they realised their fears were misguided. They encouraged their daughter to go through with the donation, knowing it was perfectly safe with no long-term side-effects.

 

“We were shocked when she first told us”, said Mahadi Daonher, Syafizah’s dad. “When we learned more about it, our minds were put at ease, knowing our daughter was in safe hands and the procedure was straightforward, painless and with no long-term side-effects.

 

“We are extremely proud of our daughter. We believe it’s important to do what you can to help people, and this is what she did and we want to encourage other Malay parents to support their family members who are considering becoming a donor so other lives can be saved.”

PUBLISHED ON 01 August 2018
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