PENANG: The Malaysian parents of Carmen Mark, an 18-year-old nursing student who died in Singapore from an arterial rupture in her brain two years ago, on Friday got to hear their daughter’s heartbeat again.
It was an emotional moment for Carmen’s father, Mark Kok Wah, 46, and his wife Ariess Tan, 43, when they were cheap toms shoes presented with a recording of Carmen’s heart beating in the chest of Singaporean Serene Lee.
Carmen’s organs had been donated after she died, and her heart had gone to Lee, 37, who was suffering heart failure at the time.
Tan, a financial consultant, broke down in tears, while Mark, a specialist construction applicator , said: “I always knew Carmen was still alive.”
Lee, 37, a heart failure patient, had received Carmen’s heart after the Nanyang Polytechnic student died suddenly on July 28 in 2015. Carmen’s parents gave their consent for her organs to be donated replica shoes under Singapore’s Medical (Therapy, Education and Research) Act. Her heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas went to four patients.
Even though Carmen has been dead for two years, her presence is still felt in her parents’ home in Taman Hutchings in Penang, Malaysia.
Her favourite pair of replica toms shoes – a pale green pair of Toms slip-ons – lies neatly outside the door. Carmen’s ukelele, as well as photographs of her smiling with friends and family, still line the console tables.
At the invitation of the Marks, Lee will be staying in Carmen’s room over the weekend.
Mark said about the upcoming reunion: “I’m a little kanchiong (worried). But I’ve always believed that Carmen is still alive, although in other people’s bodies. I am sad, but I am looking forward to seeing Serene, and being able to hear Carmen’s heartbeat again. That has been something I was hoping for shoes outlet for the past two years.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network